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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28 February 2018

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

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

"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’

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

Local media outlets in Puerto Rico are finding that key information about hurricane damage has been, as one US Congressman put it, "whitewashed."

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

26 August 2017

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook

A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

4 August 2017

Five Days After His Essay Went Viral, Chinese Author Apologizes for ‘Imprecise’ Writing on Beijing's Economic Boom

Zhang's viral essay commented on Beijing's rapid economic and architectural development and rising economic inequality.

27 July 2017

Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.