Defending Free Speech Online
Global Voices Advocacy is a project of Global Voices Online. We seek to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.
The aim of this network is to raise awareness of online freedom of speech issues, and to share tools and tactics with activists and bloggers facing censorship in different parts of the globe. The network is meant not only to provide support to its members, but also to produce educational guides about anonymous blogging, anti-censorship campaigns, and online organizing. By collaborating with software developers, activists, and bloggers, the network hopes to design new and more appropriate tools to protect our rights on the Internet.
Global Voices Advocacy was founded by Sami ben Gharbia, a Tunisian free speech advocate and blogger. Sami directed the project for several years and remains a close adviser to the current team. In 2012, Hisham Almiraat became the director of GVA. Based in his native Morrocco, Hisham is a blogger, citizen media advocate, and long-time member of the Global Voices community. Ellery Roberts Biddle, a writer and Internet policy researcher from the US, is the editor of the site. Dozens of volunteers from around the world contribute articles and research to our site. Please contact us if you would like to participate!
How to use this website
Global Voices Advocacy publishes daily news updates on freedom of expression struggles on the internet worldwide.Our weekly Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Search our archives, or see the tag cloud on the homepage to find news from any country. Our Projects page contains a list of all the tools we produce, including our Guide to Anonymous Blogging and the Access Denied Map of Web 2.0 Censorship. Everything on this website is free for republication in both commercial and non-commercial media with attribution.
You can add badges and headline widgets to your blog or website to show support for Global Voices Advocacy and our mission to defend bloggers’ free speech.
This project is made possible thanks to the generous and committed support of Dutch non-profit Hivos that works to promote human development worldwide.