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Stories about Digital Activism

31 January 2015

Grindr in the Kremlin: Gay and Online in Putin's Russia

RuNet Echo

Russia's "balanced" anti-homosexual legislation has turned the Internet from a safe haven into a battleground in Kremlin’s assault on the Russian LGBT community.

23 January 2015

World Leaders’ Paris March Participation Provokes Wave of Criticism

Internet users responding to images of world leaders at the Paris march against terrorism earlier this month displayed what might be called a "consensus of mockery."

20 January 2015

One Month on, Pakistanis Pledge to ‪#‎NeverForget ‪the Horrific Peshawar School Massacre

Campaigners urged overseas Pakistanis to join “not just by sending funds, but by going to Pakistani embassies wherever they live” to send a strong message to the government.

13 January 2015

Pro-Russian Forces in Eastern Ukraine Apparently Fire on Another Civilian Vessel by Accident

RuNet Echo

This is not the first time separatists have boasted of an attack online, quickly followed by an assertion that the attack was actually carried out by the Ukrainians.

What Do Twitter Users in Ukraine and Russia Say About Their Presidents? An Introduction

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo collaborates with MITH to investigate how Russian and Ukrainian Twitter users talk about their presidents—Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko.

9 January 2015

A Year of Offline and Online Activism in Bolivia

Adapted from a Storify curation by the portal La Pública, here is a look back at some highlights from the year of offline and online activism in Bolivia.

Venezuelan President Would Free Opposition Leader if US Frees Oscar López Rivera

Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 33 years in the United States. He has been called the longest held political prisoner in the Western Hemisphere.

8 January 2015

What Drives Blasphemy Charges in the Middle East? (It's Not Just Religion)

Global Voices Advocacy

Sentenced to death for his online writing, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed is yet another victim of a repressive government using “apostasy” pretexts to crack down political speech.

Your Guide to Sri Lanka's 2015 Presidential Election

Incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa faces off against his former health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, in a presidential contest rife with electoral violations, social media manipulation, and constitutional stakes for Sri Lanka.

7 January 2015

Şanar Yurdatapan's Museum of Crimes of Thought Takes Aim at Growing Oppression in Turkey

Sanar Yurdatapan, renowned Turkish composer, song-writer and activist talks about his Museum of Thought Crimes online initiative, which aims to document violations committed by government against pro-democracy forces in Turkey.

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