Laura Vidal

I am a Venezuelan researcher in languages and literature, as well as a Translator and writer/editor living the savage urban life of Caracas. I blog at Sacando la Lengua [es] about languages, literature and cultural interaction. I'm happy to be also a volunteer translator for Lingua (Global Voices in Spanish). I deeply believe in the uniqueness and importance of every culture and in the study of them as a mirror to our own.

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Latest posts by Laura Vidal

7 April 2017

In Venezuela, Activists Document Protests and Share Protection Tactics

"Human rights violations don't have a time limit...Record for the future, when there will be democracy."

20 March 2017

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

21 February 2017

Free Expression is Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off Air

CNN broadcasts will now be freely available on YouTube. But how much impact will this have in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

8 September 2016

Detention of News Site Director Raises Concerns for Venezuela's Freedom of Speech

Lawyer and journalist Braulio Jatar was arrested and accused of money laundering, but netizens and journalists believe his reporting on protests against president Nicolas Maduro was the real reason.

23 March 2010

Venezuela: Concerns About Controls on the Internet

Debate is heating up in Venezuela after decrees and statements from President Hugo Chávez, who questioned how the Internet is being used in the country. Many are interpreting these statements...

15 July 2008

NGOs: Defending the voices

At the end of our first day of open work, GV founder Rebecca MacKinnon put an important idea on the table: censorship is not only a political or technological problem;...