Donate today to keep Global Voices strong!

Our global community of volunteers work hard every day to bring you the world's underreported stories -- but we can't do it without your help. Support our editors, technology, and advocacy campaigns with a donation to Global Voices!

Donate now

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »


Advox is a project of Global Voices Online. We report on threats to online speech, share tactics for defending the work and words of netizens, and support efforts to improve Internet policy and practice worldwide.

Email Advox

Latest posts by Advox

20 November 2015

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

18 November 2015

Global Voices Community Stands With Moroccan Free Expression Advocates

Global Voices Advocacy

The Global Voices community demands justice for seven free expression advocates who are facing trial in Morocco on charges of “threatening the internal security of the State.”

11 November 2015

Netizen Report: UN Authorities Pluck Protesters from Global Internet Conference in Brazil

Global Voices Advocacy

The UN fails to walk the walk on free expression, Tanzanians face prosecution over WhatsApp messages, and the UK rolls out a new surveillance bill that is 'worse than scary'.

4 November 2015

Netizen Report: The Mexican Cybercrime Law That Wasn’t

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Global Voices Advocacy

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

26 October 2015

‘Our Detention Tells a Broader Story About Our Country': Reflections From Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

"To our incarcerators who gave us those ordeals, even if you are not asking us for forgiveness, here we are."

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

15 October 2015

Netizen Report: #TakeBacktheTech Campaign Stands Up to Online Misogyny (and Misinformation)

Global Voices Advocacy

Trolls attack open Internet advocates, Egypt books a Facebook user for putting Mickey Mouse ears on President Sisi, and a Myanmar activist goes to trial for mocking the military wardrobe.

8 October 2015

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype?

Global Voices Advocacy

Lebanon arrests two over Facebook posts, Venezuela blocks Bitcoin sites in crusade against foreign currency, and the EU takes 'Safe Harbor' away from US tech companies.

1 October 2015

Facing Sweeping Surveillance Bill, French Public Falls Between Alarm and Indifference

Global Voices Advocacy

Civil liberties defenders say a pending bill could catapult France into a new position of power in the field of international Internet surveillance.

Netizen Report: Will Brazil Give Up On Defending Digital Rights?

Global Voices Advocacy

Brazilian legislators seek to undercut the Marco Civil while Ecuador’s president wields tools of censorship to avoid hurt feelings.

24 September 2015

Netizen Report: China Joins Russia in Crusade to Keep User Data at Government’s Fingertips

Global Voices Advocacy

This week, a public outcry over encryption proposal sent Indian legislators back to the drawing board. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are re-centralizing power under the country's Supreme Cyberspace Council.

17 September 2015

Netizen Report: Refugee Crisis Inspires Both Love and Hate Online

Global Voices Advocacy

As the refugee crisis spills into digital rights territory, authorities take aim at a leading media freedom NGO in Ecuador, and Austria's parliament proposes new state surveillance regime.

28 July 2015

#HackingTeam Leaks: Lebanon’s Cybercrime Bureau Exploited Angry Birds to Surveil Citizens’ Mobile Devices

Global Voices Advocacy

Lebanon's Cybercrime Bureau seems to be conducting surveillance outside the boundaries of local law — and using Hacking Team software to do it.

21 May 2015

STATEMENT: Global Voices Calls for Safety of Bangladesh Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

We condemn the recent murders of bloggers and call on authorities to ensure that those responsible for these killings are brought to justice.

12 May 2015

Open Letter to President Obama From a Bahraini Human Rights Defender

Global Voices Advocacy

AlMahafdah, a former political detainee in Bahrain, asks President Obama to "be the voice of the people of Bahrain" when he meets the crown prince of the kingdom on Wednesday.

8 May 2015

New Research: Iran Is Using ‘Intelligent’ Censorship on Instagram

Global Voices Advocacy

Political pages are accessible, but Justin Bieber and the Kardashians are blocked. Saddled with a censorship regime that is both exhaustive and ineffective, Iranian authorities are experimenting with “intelligent” filtering.

24 April 2015

“Take the Right Side in the Struggle of the Oppressed”: A Letter to John Kerry from Kilinto Prison, Ethiopia

Global Voices Advocacy

In a letter to John Kerry, jailed Ethiopian blogger Natnael Feleke writes: "Because of the repressive regime, the Ethiopian constitution is powerless to protect citizens from being abused."

A Year After Their Arrest, Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Remain Strong and Determined

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is eery the degree to which the bloggers seemed to anticipate their current fate."

11 March 2015

A Dialogue About Communication — Not Political Change — in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran Internet experts gather to talk about how Iranians can easily access information communication technologies that connect Iranians to each other, and to the rest of the world.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site