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Stories about Digital Activism

25 August 2014

Blogger Law Traps Russia's Activists in Limbo

RuNet Echo

The new blogger law's vagueness makes it an extremely potent tool for controlling dissent in Russia.

23 August 2014

Indian News Portal Says Thomson Reuters Has ‘Unethical’ Understanding of Copyright

Thomson Reuters sent an email to MediaNama saying it would use and redistribute the portal's content if MediaNama didn't refuse consent within 14 days.

From Cats to Military Parades: Photoblogger in Sevastopol Reflects Crimea's Patriotic Euphoria

RuNet Echo

These days, Crimean photoblogger Natalya Golovan is more likely to document a military ceremony or a celebratory fireworks display than the cats she photographed before.

22 August 2014

Ukrainian Daredevil Climber Admits to Painting the Moscow Star in Ukraine's Colors

RuNet Echo

The story of Russia's colour revolution has taken a new turn: a famous Ukrainian roofer Mustang Wanted admitted painting the star atop a high-rise in Moscow yellow and blue.

Massive Leak Opens New Investigation of FinFisher Surveillance Tools in Pakistan

Global Voices Advocacy

Unknown hackers released 40 gigabytes of data uncovered about the use of FinFisher, the malicious digital spyware kit, in Pakistan. The Digital Rights Foundation reports on first findings.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

Global Voices Advocacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Indian Broadcaster NDTV's Report on Gaza Rocket Launch Becomes Fodder for Propaganda

NDTV journalists caught militants assembling a rocket in Gaza on camera, but the story has been "distorted by the twin forces of internet virality and the Israel-Palestinian spin machine."

21 August 2014

Moscow Shutters 4 McDonalds for Poor Sanitation, But You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

RuNet Echo

Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.

20 August 2014

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

Global Voices Advocacy

The messages came just days before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

Russians Don't Care for Bloggers, Approve of Bloggers’ Law

RuNet Echo

Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.

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