Stories about Latin America

Hacker group Anonymous leaks Colombia's police and army files amid protest crackdown

The police data leak was in retaliation for "aggressive and cruel repression to the demonstrations of popular and democratic power," a member of the Anonymous group told Global Voices.

Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico

The Indigenous-led telecommunications organization can continue to provide affordable cell phone access to local communities in Oaxaca.

Five new digital media platforms for uncensored news from Colombia

In Colombia, a new generation of journalists are fighting self-censorship and investigating corruption.

Social media in Latin America: Caught between a rock and a hard place

As researchers, it is very difficult to know how, or even if, high profile global announcements are actually impacting users in Latin America.

Anonymous group hack reveals hidden government data about COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua

The hack revealed a surplus of 6,245 positive COVID-19 cases in Nicaragua that were previously unknown to the public.

So-called anti-fascist files in Brazil expose the personal information of hundreds of people

One of the lists, which circulated on WhatsApp, doxxed people's personal information such as names, pictures, and addresses.

‘A possible violation’: Mexico's biggest telecommunications operator is blocking Tor network

The Tor network is a free and open-source software used throughout the world by those who wish to exercise their freedom of expression and information while maintaining their privacy and anonymity.

Twitter urged to take action against harassment of female reporter in Brazil

The smear campaign against Folha de S. Paulo journalist Patrícia Campos Mello is one of several cases of harassment against reporters that have taken place recently in Brazil.

Netizen Report: Iraq and Ecuador face network shutdowns amid public protests

Networks are down in Turkey, Iraq and Ecuador; US tech companies are cutting off Venezuelans; and gatekeepers continue holding back content related to Hong Kong protests.

While El Salvador's security improves, it loses ground in freedom of press

While there are less murders in El Salvador than before, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.

A web comic from Colombia discusses surveillance and gender in Latin America—to the rhythm of salsa

''Beyond the joke that "every breath you take" seems like it could be written by the NSA, we realized that this is about a man that spies on a woman.''

Netizen Report: Journalists are under fire from Cambodia to Cuba — and beyond

Across the globe, journalists are facin charges of everything from espionage to tax evasion.

Is Cuba trying to outlaw independent media? A new decree will prohibit foreign web hosting

“The law leaves independent media without ‘legal’ hosting options,” said local journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Diaz.

Netizen Report: Amid WhatsApp attacks, advocates launch legal challenge against Israeli malware maker

Spyware makers exploit a security flaw in WhatsApp, Singapore bans false information and Somalia plans to shut down social media during school exams.

Why is Twitter blocking state accounts in Venezuela?

The unique public value of accounts like these -- even if they are spewing hateful or partisan vitriol -- is worth considering.

Venezuela's political crisis is intensifying and censorship is on the rise

Food, water and electricity are increasingly scarce, as is access to communication networks.

Netizen Report: If protecting your privacy is ‘part of a conspiracy,’ then we’re all in big trouble

Digital privacy tools draw suspicion in the US and Ecuador, India tackles Tiktok, and a Chinese man learns that facial recognition works -- even while you’re sleeping.

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

Charged with ‘instigating crimes’, journalist Luis Carlos Diaz is released in Venezuela

The Global Voices community is relieved that our colleague is safe and with his family.

Journalist and human rights defender Luis Carlos Díaz detained by state security in Venezuela

After hours of silence from the authorities, Díaz was confirmed to be detained by the Bolivarian Intelligence Police (SEBIN).

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