Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the advocacy director at Global Voices 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

3 May 2019

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.

2 May 2019

‘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.

29 March 2019

#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.

14 March 2019

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.

15 February 2019

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.

15 January 2019

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?

11 January 2019

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

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

31 December 2018

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

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?

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

14 August 2018

Facebook bans 196 pages in Brazil, attempting to rein in abuse and disinformation

Free Brazil Movement is accusing the platform of censoring right-wing groups.