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Marianne Díaz Hernández

Lawyer, writer, human rights activist, born in Venezuela, currently living in Santiago de Chile. I founded the Venezuelan NGO Acceso Libre, and I work as public policy analyst for the NGO Derechos Digitales. I have a blog (in Spanish) called La vida no trae instrucciones, and I regularly rant on Twitter about technology, feminism, literature and pop culture.

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Latest posts by Marianne Díaz Hernández

7 May 2017

Is This the End of the Fifth Republic in Venezuela?

Maduro's answer to the ongoing protests in the country has been a proposal for changes to the Constitution, which has intensified the distrust and rejection of his rule.

7 April 2017

As Protests Escalate, Web TV and News Sites Are Censored in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

Multiple web TV channels that had been broadcasting protests in Caracas have been inaccessible since the morning of April 7.

News Website Cameraman Arrested While Broadcasting Protests in Venezuela

Global Voices Advocacy

"Almost 30,000 people were watching the VPITV broadcast on YouTube when the Bolivarian National Police took the cameraman."

11 December 2016

Opposition-Minded Venezuelans Have Their Say on the Legacy of Cuba's Fidel Castro

Few countries were as in thrall to Castro as Venezuela, where many accuse him of enabling the abuses of the socialist government.

25 October 2016

Venezuela's Government Blocks the Recall Referendum Process, and the Opposition Cries ‘Dictatorship!’

"A democratic government consults the people. A dictatorship flees the electoral vote."

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

The internet access speed in Venezuela has been called "the slowest line in Latin America."

23 May 2016

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

2 February 2016

How to Train for Digital Literacy in Venezuela—When Internet Isn’t Always Available

Rising Voices

What is it like to provide digital literacy workshops in countries with low Internet penetration? From Venezuela, Marianne Díaz shares her experience for the Global Voices Exchange project.

14 December 2015

Low Bandwidth, High Hopes: Digital Participation in Venezuelan Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite low bandwidth and a series of localized Internet outages, the Web proved critical to public discourse and circulation of information about candidates, especially those running with the opposition.

8 February 2015

‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela

Global Voices AdvocacyThe Bridge

"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."

24 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

13 November 2014

Venezuela: E-Commerce Bill Would Give Authorities New Avenue for Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The first draft of the e-commerce bill grants the telecommunications authority new powers to block websites found in breach of the bill's restrictions.

10 January 2012

Venezuela: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Visit Raises Controversy

Iran's President, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, arrived in Venezuela on Sunday, January 8, in his first stop in a tour to several Latin American countries. His visit has sparked strong reactions on...

18 February 2011

Venezuela: Netizens Comment on Possible Gasoline Use Restrictions

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced possible measures to start rationing gasoline. This matter constitutes a very sensitive issue for Venezuelans, since Venezuela is a country with one of the world's...

14 December 2010

Venezuela: Views and Thoughts on Internet Regulation

The Venezuelan National Assembly will be discussing a reform to the national telecommunications system, which includes the creation of a national Network Access Point, the regulation of all content distributed...

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