Stories about Activism from October, 2014
Human Rights Activist Iyad El-Baghdadi Speaks Out on His Deportation from UAE
Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.
Netizen Report: Hungarians Reject “Internet Tax” With Protests, Motherboards
This week, protesters reject the Internet tax in Hungary, Italian wonks cook up a new Internet bill of rights, and malware menaces use Ebola paranoia to their own gain.
Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony
"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."
Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: Testimony of Befeqadu Hailu
Original testimony from Befeqadu Hailu, one of four Global Voices members currently jailed in Ethiopia.
Remembering Mahsa Shekarloo, Iran's Internet Pioneer and Women’s Rights Activist
Mahsa Shekarloo, Iranian women’s rights activist and founder of the online feminist journal Bad Jens, died Friday September 5, 2014, surrounded by family. We celebrate her life in this post.
The Invisible Violence of Cyber War in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution
Nearly all major pro-democracy organizing platforms and media sites have been knocked offline over the past ten days. And mainstream media hasn't said a word about it.
Tips for Citizens Documenting Hong Kong's Protests
Taking video of protests? WITNESS compiles some tips for documenting protests and police violence both safely and ethically.
“We Don't Need No Governance”: Why the Internet Governance Forum Misses the Point
Activists worldwide have criticized the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum for shying away from pressing issues like censorship and digital surveillance. This year, they held took matters into their own hands.
What Protesters in Hong Kong (and Anywhere Else) Should Know About FireChat
Two leading security experts explain the risks in using FireChat -- and offer some simple tips for digital safety in a protest environment.
Hong Kong Protesters Shore Up Mobile Communications Tools in Face of Technical Threats
Activists and security experts are working together to determine which tech tools can help protesters -- and which ones can leave them in danger.
Fears of a Network Blackout Still Loom for Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters
Could Hong Kong really experience a mobile network shutdown? Officials say it's possible, but unlikely.
Netizen Report: Hong Kong Protests Trigger Tear Gas, Surveillance and Social Media Censorship
Protests persist in Hong Kong, Australia institutes Web-wide surveillance, and Egyptian and Saudi authorities prosecute gays (with the help of Grindr).