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Zara Rahman

Zara is a feminist, writer and information activist, living in Berlin, Germany.

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5 August 2017

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

12 July 2017

Human Rights Defenders Are Still Behind Bars in Turkey

Global Voices Advocacy

In a tweet on behalf of their staff, Amnesty International recalled their efforts to protect (Turkish President) Erdogan when he was arrested in 1998 during a stint as Istanbul's mayor.

19 December 2016

In Addition to Innovation, Journalism Needs Trusted Communities

The Bridge

A friend donates part of a grant to Global Voices, because "infrastructure, communities and trust take a long time to build—and without support, those gains can all too quickly disappear."

7 October 2016

Bangladesh Introduces ‘Smart’ National Identity Cards

Global Voices Advocacy

Collecting massive amounts of personal and biometric data opens up thorny issues around security and surveillance. As the database is built up, who will gain access to it?

30 August 2016

There's Finally a Programming Language in Bengali Script, Thanks to ‘Potaka’

"We have been looking forward to a coding language in Bengali for a long time. Why should our higher learning and computer learning be in a foreign language?"

4 August 2016

Bangladesh Shuts Down the Internet, Then Orders Blocking of 35 News Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

“As part of the ongoing exercise, all sorts of Internet connections will be suspended for a short period anytime at any place in the country.”

24 June 2016

Brexit: Heartbroken, But Not Broken

The Bridge

"Ignoring what's been going on in our country's politics is what got us here today. We were too uninvolved in decisions that have made a huge impact on our lives."

7 March 2016

Being Intentional About What's in Our Networks

The Bridge

"But here's the thing: I'm okay with disagreeing with things I see online. More than that even; I want to see things I disagree with online."

22 December 2015

Bangladesh Will Demand Biometric Data From All SIM Card Users

Global Voices Advocacy

The scheme will create a massive database of citizens' communications data that could give the government unprecedented access to the mobile communications of Bangladeshi citizens.

30 November 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

Global Voices Advocacy

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

25 November 2015

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

Global Voices Advocacy

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

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