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Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the director of Global Voices Advocacy and a long-time member of the Global Voices community. My job is to support our community's efforts to report and advocate on Internet censorship and surveillance around the world. I currently live in Boston, where I am researching and writing about the politics of Internet use in Cuba as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Check out my blog half-wired, or follow me on Twitter.

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Latest posts by Ellery Roberts Biddle

6 September 2016

Cuban Journalist and LGBT Activist Sacked for Working With Non-State Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"It doesn’t matter where you publish, even if it’s just on your blog. We will always be reading what you write."

22 March 2016

Cubans Cast a Critical Glance on Obama's Havana Tour

Amid fanfare and debate over human rights, trade, and baseball, Cubans on the island (at least those with Internet access) are voicing firm critiques of both leaders.

25 January 2016

17 Children Killed by Authorities in Ethiopia Land Protests

Most children killed were between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. Citizen media reports also show that many more school children have been injured in the protest movement.

24 December 2015

Advox by the Numbers: 2015 in Digital Rights

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2015, Turkey blocked 166 websites for publishing one controversial image, Thai activists knocked 5 government websites offline in a virtual "sit-in", and Mexico spent $6.3 million on surveillance software.

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.”

15 November 2015

Global Voices’ Hisham Almiraat Faces Trial in Morocco

Global Voices Advocacy

Hisham Almiraat, a long-time author and community leader at Global Voices will face trial in Morocco this week on charges of "threatening the internal security of the State."

13 November 2015

#FreeBassel: Death Sentence Rumored for Syrian Web Developer

Global Voices Advocacy

Rumors are circulating that imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, has been secretly sentenced to death by the Syrian government.

5 November 2015

Facebook Vows to Improve Real Name Policy. But How Far Will They Go?

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook says it will make some small changes to the real name policy in an effort to help keep users safe, but there is still much more to be done.

8 October 2015

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

The Bridge

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

17 July 2015

Cuba Si, Google No: Cuban Officials Rumored to Reject Google's Free WiFi Offer

Global Voices Advocacy

In the words of a journalist who has resided in Havana since the early 1990s, "They say that when the donation is too large, even the poor become suspicious."

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

Global Voices Advocacy

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

8 July 2015

Five Ethiopian Journalists Freed From Prison, But Others Remain Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside an outpouring of joy and disbelief over the bloggers' release, supporters urged each other to keep "tantrummin" until there are no more journalists jailed in Ethiopia.

27 April 2015

VIDEO: The World Is Saying #FreeZone9Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices marks the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers with this crowd-sourced this video of support. Say it with us: #FreeZone9Bloggers!

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."

28 February 2015

Macedonian Girl Dies Awaiting Grand Opening of Medical Center

Independent media sources have alleged that authorities intervened in the girl’s case because they wanted to open the new medical center and showcase the child as their first successful case.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

27 December 2014

Cuban Dissidents Harbor Hope, Fear and Fury Over US-Cuba Reconciliation

Global Voices Advocacy

"Cuba is not a computer in which you can install new software and expect it to work differently," says one prominent human rights advocate.

18 December 2014

Cuba: More Money Means More Technology, With or Without State Reforms

Global Voices Advocacy

What Wednesday's changes mean for Internet access and mobile telephony in Cuba? There are a few things we can glean from what both leaders have said—and haven’t said—so far.

17 December 2014

Castro and Obama Open New Chapter on US-Cuba Relations

Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits are overwhelmed, elated, speechless. But as both presidents noted, the embargo is codified in legislation that only the US Congress can change.

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