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Ellery Roberts Biddle

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I am the editor of Global Voices Advocacy and a long-time member of the Global Voices community. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I now live in San Francisco, where I devote most of my time to thinking and writing about free expression and privacy online and the politics of Internet use in Cuba. Check out my blog half-wired, or follow me on Twitter.

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7 April 2014

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Spies Like US: “Fake Twitter” Violated Cubans’ Privacy Rights

The Bridge

The USAID-created "Cuban Twitter" revealed last week in an AP report stemmed from a shortsighted and condescending idea about what happens when repressed populations get their hands on communications technologies.

14 March 2014

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GV Face: Happy 25th Birthday, Web!

GV Face

What's the difference between the Internet and the Web? Why is an open web so important? An all-star panel of techies and rights defenders talks it out on GV Face.

8 January 2014

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Happy New Year from Philadelphia's “Drunk Racist Clown Parade”

The Bridge

The United States' longest-running folk festival is a dizzying array of bright colors, sequins, feathers—and racist stereotypes.

18 December 2013

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Dozens Detained on Human Rights Day in Cuba

Global Voices Advocacy

Bloggers, punk rockers, intellectuals, dissidents, and a pair of Argentine tourists were all detained in Cuba last week, just in time for international Human Rights Day.

14 October 2013

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Can This Be Home? Borderlessness & The Internet Citizen

The Bridge

Countries, borders, and nationalities remain dominant and important in many ways, but they don't feel as sharply defined or as binding as before.

12 October 2013

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Why is Cuban Dissident Sonia Garro in Prison?

Garro is a member of the controversial Damas de Blanco, a group of women advocating for the release of political prisoners in Cuba.

20 August 2013

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At 87, Fidel Castro is “Imperfect but Human”

Fidel Castro has held an almost mythical status for leftist revolutionary movements around the world for decades. Cuba's former president just turned 87.

30 March 2013

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Crash that Killed Cuban Democracy Advocate Still Shrouded in Mystery

The car accident that killed leading democracy advocate Oswaldo Payá has been shrouded in mystery and misinformation since it happened in eastern Cuba last July. Angel Carromero, the Spanish politician...

24 February 2013

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Cuban Yoani Sánchez's Arrival in Brazil Makes Noise

Acclaimed Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez left Cuba this past Sunday for the first time since 2004. Sánchez will visit and speak at universities, NGOs and government forums in Europe, Latin...

5 December 2012

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Cuba: Democracy Advocate Rodiles Released; Blogger Diversent Remains Detained

Antonio Rodiles, curator of the independent scholarly forum Estado de SATS, was released in Havana last Wednesday after enduring over three weeks of detention. Rodiles was arrested on November 7,...

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