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Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the editor-at-large for Global Voices’ Advox section (advox.org), where I served as director from 2015-2019. I am originally from Philadelphia, US and have lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Havana, Cuba. Follow me on Twitter.

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Latest posts by Ellery Roberts Biddle

13 September 2019

Netizen Report: Malicious attack takes Wikipedia offline

Advox

This week, Wikipedia went dark, Raul Castro got kicked off Twitter and the internet finally came back to Papua.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Advox

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

29 August 2019

Netizen Report: Critic calls Indonesia’s provincial internet shutdown ‘racist’

Advox

Indonesia's regional internet shutdown continues, YouTube blocks 210 channels over suspected links to China and Tonga threatens to block Facebook.

22 August 2019

Netizen Report: The shutdown in Kashmir continues

Advox

Kashmir's communications blackout continues, Russia goes after 'illegal' protest videos online, and Google re-opens its office in Egypt.

9 August 2019

Netizen Report: Journalists are under fire from Cambodia to Cuba — and beyond

Advox

Across the globe, journalists are facin charges of everything from espionage to tax evasion.

5 July 2019

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

Advox

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

11 May 2019

Netizen Report: Widespread throttling puts social media out of reach in Kazakhstan

Advox

Social media is faltering in Venezuela, throttled in Kazakhstan and back in action in Sri Lanka.

3 May 2019

Why is Twitter blocking state accounts in Venezuela?

Advox

The unique public value of accounts like these -- even if they are spewing hateful or partisan vitriol -- is worth considering.

1 May 2019

‘Envision a new war': the Syrian Archive, corporate censorship and the struggle to preserve public history online

AdvoxThe Bridge

Social media companies are censoring images of war. The Syrian Archive is working to preserve them.

29 April 2019

Benin sees internet blackout on election day

Advox

A nationwide internet shutdown that lasted well into the night, leaving voters in the dark about their election day choices.

29 March 2019

#WelcomeHomeAlaa: Egyptian revolution activist Alaa Abd El Fattah released after five years in prison

Advox

Alaa was a leading voice among Egyptian bloggers and technology activists in Cairo approaching and during the Egyptian Revolution.

13 March 2019

Charged with ‘instigating crimes’, journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is released in Venezuela

Advox

The Global Voices community is relieved that our colleague is safe and with his family.

12 March 2019

Digital journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is missing in Venezuela

Advox

Luis Carlos is "one of the most visible faces of dissident journalism in Venezuela".

8 March 2019

Blackout in Venezuela: How long will it last?

For nearly a day's time, most of Venezuela has been without electricity.

15 February 2019

Venezuelans see the politics of humanitarian aid play out in online attacks

Advox

A unique and technically sophisticated attack this week targeted VoluntariosxVenezuela, an opposition-aligned humanitarian aid website.

15 January 2019

Venezuela's crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking

Advox

Venezuelan Wikipedians are at war over a question rattling the country: Who has legitimate claim to the presidency?

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

27 November 2018

How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?

Advox

How far is Google willing to go to get the Chinese government's blessing?

19 July 2018

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

Advox

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

11 July 2018

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

Advox

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

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