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Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the advocacy director at Global Voices (advox.org) 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 am originally from Philadelphia, US and have lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Havana, Cuba. Follow me on Twitter.

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5 January 2018

What Happens at Maekelawi? Tales of Torture from an Ethiopian Detention Center Slated for Closure

Advox

"It turns out that the anguish of Ethiopian prisoners, something that appeared to be so distant in memory, is not that far off after all."

29 December 2017

Despite Regime Change, Macedonian Civil Society Is Still Reeling from Political Persecution and ‘De-Sorosization’

Advox

Will Macedonia's new government keep its promise to respect the role of civil society?

9 October 2017

Authorities Are ‘Whitewashing’ the Devastation and Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Advox

Local media outlets in Puerto Rico are finding that key information about hurricane damage has been, as one US Congressman put it, "whitewashed."

27 July 2017

Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Advox

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Advox

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Advox

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

4 April 2017

Ecuadorian Elections Marked by Website Outages, Twitter Suspensions

Advox

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

Advox

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

Advox

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

Advox

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

Advox

"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

Advox

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

Advox

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

Advox

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."

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