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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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Latest posts by Ellery Roberts Biddle

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!

8 June 2018

Jogging through Tiananmen Square: What happens when Facebook meets China's censorship regime?

Advox

"The floor you stepped on has been covered by blood from students who fought for democracy. But, enjoy your running in China, Mark."

27 February 2018

Censored, But Not Backing Down: Cuban News Site Staff Say They Won't Change Their Editorial Line

Advox

Online news magazine "El Estornudo" has been blocked inside Cuba and its editor writes an open letter that can be read in other media outlets inside the island.

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."

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