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Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the director of Global Voices Advocacy and a long-time member of the Global Voices community. My job is to support our community's efforts to report and advocate on Internet censorship and surveillance around the world. I currently live in Boston, where I am researching and writing about the politics of Internet use in Cuba as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Check out my blog half-wired, or follow me on Twitter.

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Latest posts by Ellery Roberts Biddle

17 July 2015

Cuba Si, Google No: Cuban Officials Rumored to Reject Google's Free WiFi Offer

Global Voices Advocacy

In the words of a journalist who has resided in Havana since the early 1990s, "They say that when the donation is too large, even the poor become suspicious."

14 July 2015

In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws

Global Voices Advocacy

"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.

8 July 2015

Five Ethiopian Journalists Freed From Prison, But Others Remain Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside an outpouring of joy and disbelief over the bloggers' release, supporters urged each other to keep "tantrummin" until there are no more journalists jailed in Ethiopia.

27 April 2015

VIDEO: The World Is Saying #FreeZone9Bloggers

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices marks the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers with this crowd-sourced this video of support. Say it with us: #FreeZone9Bloggers!

24 April 2015

“Take the Right Side in the Struggle of the Oppressed”: A Letter to John Kerry from Kilinto Prison, Ethiopia

Global Voices Advocacy

In a letter to John Kerry, jailed Ethiopian blogger Natnael Feleke writes: "Because of the repressive regime, the Ethiopian constitution is powerless to protect citizens from being abused."

A Year After Their Arrest, Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Remain Strong and Determined

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is eery the degree to which the bloggers seemed to anticipate their current fate."

28 February 2015

Macedonian Girl Dies Awaiting Grand Opening of Medical Center

Independent media sources have alleged that authorities intervened in the girl’s case because they wanted to open the new medical center and showcase the child as their first successful case.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

27 December 2014

Cuban Dissidents Harbor Hope, Fear and Fury Over US-Cuba Reconciliation

Global Voices Advocacy

"Cuba is not a computer in which you can install new software and expect it to work differently," says one prominent human rights advocate.

18 December 2014

Cuba: More Money Means More Technology, With or Without State Reforms

Global Voices Advocacy

What Wednesday's changes mean for Internet access and mobile telephony in Cuba? There are a few things we can glean from what both leaders have said—and haven’t said—so far.

17 December 2014

Castro and Obama Open New Chapter on US-Cuba Relations

Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits are overwhelmed, elated, speechless. But as both presidents noted, the embargo is codified in legislation that only the US Congress can change.

6 December 2014

#ICantBreathe: Thousands Block Traffic, Demand Justice in Boston

The Bridge

Demonstrators are bringing voice to hashtags like #blacklivesmatter and #icantbreathe that have flooded social media since last week's decision to exonerate the police officer who killed Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

15 November 2014

GV Face: Seeking Justice for Mexico's Missing #Ayotzinapa Students

GV Face

In this video hangout, Global Voices' Mexico team and partners discuss the Ayotzinapa story and its ramifications for Mexico's political and social fabric.

20 August 2014

The Internet Never Forgets: Join a Global Conversation on the EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

Global Voices Advocacy

If the 'Right to be Forgotten' were implemented in your country, would it threaten the public interest? Global Voices editors are asking experts worldwide for their thoughts on the issue.

15 August 2014

6 Days of Protests, Tweets and Tear Gas After Police Gun Down a Black Teen in Ferguson, Missouri

Protesters are largely unarmed and using only their voices to express their outrage at the killing of the unarmed black teenager. Police officers have responded with violent force.

4 August 2014

“From the [Four] Compass Points of the Earth Arises a Mighty Cry — #FreeZone9Bloggers!”

Global Voices Advocacy

From Hong Kong to Islamabad to Cairo to San Francisco, allies across the globe tweeted their support for Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers, who have been in prison for 102 days.

31 July 2014

#FreeZone9Bloggers: On July 31, We Tweet for Human Rights—and Human Beings

The Bridge

If convicted, they will find themselves in the company of at least eighteen other journalists who have suffered the same fate. All remain in prison today.

28 July 2014

The World Tweets for Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers on July 31

Global Voices Advocacy

Join Global Voices bloggers for a worldwide, multilingual tweetathon in support of the ten bloggers and journalists facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia.

18 July 2014

Zone 9 Bloggers Charged With Terrorism in Ethiopia

The nine bloggers and journalists, four of them Global Voices members, have rejected the charges and are preparing a defense for their August 8 trial.

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