Stories about Activism

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

30 September 2016

Netizen Report: Swiss Citizens Say Yes to Surveillance

Swiss activists lose referendum on privacy, Jordanian authorities ban media coverage of writer’s assassination, and Mexico is spending even more money on surveillance tools than was previously known.

20 September 2016

The UAE Has Avoided an ‘Arab Spring’ by Systematically Repressing Critical Speech

Wary of an Arab-Spring like uprising within its borders, the UAE government launched an unprecedented crackdown on critics and activists.

15 September 2016

Netizen Report: In Cuba, Text Messages With Controversial Content Are Disappearing

Journalist repression is on the rise in Cuba, Saudi bans LINE, and Russian authorities jail gamer for offending religious people, Pokemon-style.

7 September 2016

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

5 September 2016

Bahraini Court Refuses to Release Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Delays Verdict

Rajab faces up to 15 years in jail for tweeting about the Saudi-led war in Yemen and denouncing incidents of torture in a Bahraini prison.

9 August 2016

Dear Hong Kong Activists, Please Stop Telling Everyone Telegram is Secure

While we marched across Hong Kong Island, organizers shouted, “download Telegram, it's more secure than WhatsApp!” But Telegram is not more secure than Whatsapp -- in many circumstances, it's worse.

20 June 2016

Tanzanian Musician and Activist Maembe Vitali Arrested and Released

"You are not a soldier, you are not a rebel, they should understand that you are just a fighter... Yes, a fighter of a noble cause."

2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

15 April 2016

LGBT Activists Arrested at Bengali New Year March, Later Released

Police held five persons for reportedly suspicious behaviour, alleging that they were trying to initiate a "gay rally".

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