Marianne Diaz

Lawyer, writer, human rights activist, born in Venezuela, currently living in Santiago de Chile. I founded the Venezuelan NGO Acceso Libre, and I work as public policy analyst for the NGO Derechos Digitales. I have a blog (in Spanish) called La vida no trae instrucciones, and I regularly rant on Twitter about technology, feminism, literature and pop culture.

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Latest posts by Marianne Diaz

7 April 2017

As Protests Escalate, Web TV and News Sites Are Censored in Venezuela

Multiple web TV channels that had been broadcasting protests in Caracas have been inaccessible since the morning of April 7.

News Website Cameraman Arrested While Broadcasting Protests in Venezuela

"Almost 30,000 people were watching the VPITV broadcast on YouTube when the Bolivarian National Police took the cameraman."

8 June 2016

In Venezuela, Electrical Shortages Limit Basic Communication — and Free Expression

Without electricity, communications via citizen media — a process by which citizens participate and influence their communities — cannot go far.

23 May 2016

Venezuela: Research Confirms Censorship of News Platforms, Currency Websites

The study also confirmed that all local Internet service providers using DNS (domain name system) blocking, technique through which domain name servers respond incorrectly to requests for a particular domain.

14 December 2015

Low Bandwidth, High Hopes: Digital Participation in Venezuelan Elections

Despite low bandwidth and a series of localized Internet outages, the Web proved critical to public discourse and circulation of information about candidates, especially those running with the opposition.

9 February 2015

‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela

"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."

25 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

13 November 2014

Venezuela: E-Commerce Bill Would Give Authorities New Avenue for Online Censorship

The first draft of the e-commerce bill grants the telecommunications authority new powers to block websites found in breach of the bill's restrictions.

13 May 2014

Security Forces Detain Leader of “SOS Venezuela” Campaign

Rodrigo Diamanti is the president and founder of “Un Mundo Sin Mordaza” (A World Without the Gag), the NGO behind the campaign “SOS Venezuela” and “Your voice is your power.”

28 April 2014

Julian Assange on Digital Sovereignty and Surveillance at #NETmundial2014

On a panel with Jacob Appelbaum, Sérgio Amadeu and other leaders in the field of digital security and privacy, Assange envisioned a citizen-led "redistribution of power."

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