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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

4 April 2017

Ecuadorian Elections Marked by Website Outages, Twitter Suspensions

Global Voices Advocacy

Along with pro-opposition websites, some media rights groups saw a sharp decline in traffic on the evening of the election.

22 March 2017

If You Really Want To Know What's Happening With Tech in Cuba, Read Beyond the Headlines

The Bridge

Internet access is fleeting, connection quality is poor, and the costs of getting online are astronomical. But you wouldn't know it from the headlines.

25 February 2017

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Is Draining Civil Society Groups’ Time—and Money

Global Voices Advocacy

Ruling partly leaders are calling for the "de-Sorosization" of Macedonian civil society, arguing that the country's civil sector should rely on the Macedonian government for financial support.

17 January 2017

#SaveArash: Jailed Iranian Activist Arash Sadeghi is Fighting for Human Rights — And His Life

Global Voices Advocacy

Arash Sadeghi was on hunger strike from 23 October 2016 until January 3, 2017. He remains alive and conscious, according to close contacts of his family.

21 December 2016

Macedonia's Ruling Party Lashes Out at Civil Society After Contested Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Flyers naming civil society members (so-called “traitors”) were distributed in the mailboxes and under windshield wipers throughout the capital, Skopje. Others were targeted on social media.

26 November 2016

‘History Will Absolve Me': Fidel Castro Dies at 90

Fidel is a figure of legend, arguably as much for those who revere him as for those who reject his legitimacy as a leader.

10 November 2016

The World Attempts to Make Sense of ‘Trumpocalypse’

As the United States - and the world - go through the country's election hangover, Americans and people around the globe ponder how Donald Trump became president-elect.

8 November 2016

Trump-Chavez Comparisons Rock the Web, Rattle the Venezuelan Government

There are some things linking US presidential candidate Donald Trump and the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez. Here they are.

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.

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