Ellery Roberts Biddle

I’m an editor-at-large at Global Voices. I work primarily on the Netizen Report, a weekly roundup of global digital rights news. I began writing for Global Voices in 2010, focusing on internet access issues in Cuba, and soon expanded my horizons to the wilds of the global digital rights community. I joined the staff in 2013, first as advocacy editor and later as advocacy director (2015-19). I am originally from Philadelphia, US and have lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Havana, Cuba. Follow me on Twitter.

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Supporters demand freedom for Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah

His lawyer spoke of Abd El Fattah's declining mental health and quoted Abd El Fattah saying, “I can’t carry on.”

Netizen Report: Domestic worker abuses in the Gulf expose tech companies’ failures to protect human rights

Tech companies grapple with abuses against domestic workers, Iraqis face another internet shutdown, and Russia gets ready for a 'sovereign internet.'

Netizen Report: How are protests in Lebanon affecting digital rights?

Protests continue in Lebanon, phone service is back in Kashmir (but the internet is still down) and Egyptians are getting censored on Twitter.

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

Netizen Report: Human rights groups demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, one year after his murder

The journalist's killing sparked widespread condemnation of the Saudi government and brought increased international scrutiny to the treatment of journalists and rights activists by the regime.

Netizen Report: Anti-corruption protests across Egypt trigger internet blockages, arrests

Censorship spikes as protests mount in Egypt, Twitter censors hundreds of pro-state accounts and a Pakistani court delivers a win for free speech online.

Netizen Report: Pro-government doxxing campaigns rock Hong Kong, Serbia

Doxxing is all the rage in Hong Kong and Serbia, an Indian judge delivers a win for internet rights, and Facebook debuts plans for its oversight board.

Netizen Report: Malicious attack takes Wikipedia offline

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

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

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

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

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

Netizen Report: The shutdown in Kashmir continues

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

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

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

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

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

Why is Twitter blocking state accounts in Venezuela?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa’s new internet paradigm

Across the continent, the legal and economic costs of speaking up are rising.

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