Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the director of Global Voices Advocacy and a long-time member of the Global Voices community. Thanks for visiting our site! My job is to support our community's efforts to report and advocate on Internet censorship and surveillance around the world. I currently live in Boston, where I am researching and writing about the politics of Internet use in Cuba as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Check out my blog half-wired, or follow me on Twitter.

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Latest posts by Ellery Roberts Biddle

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.

4 April 2017

Ecuadorian Elections Marked by Website Outages, Twitter Suspensions

Along with pro-opposition websites, some media rights groups saw a sharp decline in traffic on the evening of the election.

26 February 2017

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Is Draining Civil Society Groups’ Time—and Money

Ruling partly leaders are calling for the "de-Sorosization" of Macedonian civil society, arguing that the country's civil sector should rely on the Macedonian government for financial support.

17 January 2017

#SaveArash: Jailed Iranian Activist Arash Sadeghi is Fighting for Human Rights — And His Life

Arash Sadeghi was on hunger strike from 23 October 2016 until January 3, 2017. He remains alive and conscious, according to close contacts of his family.