Deji Olukotun

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Deji Olukotun is the inaugural Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center. He spearheads PEN's United Nations advocacy and its Digital Freedom initiative, and manages PEN's center development work in Latin America and Africa. A graduate of Stanford Law School, he is a practicing human rights attorney and a fiction writer. His novel “Nigerians in Space”, a thriller about brain drain, will be published by Ricochet Books in 2013.

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25 September 2013

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Worried About Surveillance? Welcome to the Indian World, Says Sherman Alexie

Surveillance has always been present for Native Americans and minorities in the US, says Alexie. The NSA's spying program is only exposing the majority of the country to what others have long experienced.

24 April 2013

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Human Rights Verdict Could Affect Cisco in China

In 2011, two separate lawsuits were filed against Cisco Systems alleging that its technology enabled the government of China to monitor, capture, and kill Chinese citizens for their views and beliefs. To what extent are these human rights violations attributable to technology provided by Cisco?

26 January 2013

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Open Source Design Tools for Human Rights Activists

The world's premier human rights organizations often have entire communications teams with dedicated graphic designers to celebrate their work. But not every organization can afford to have a designer. There are several open source design tools that allow anyone to create killer flyers, posters, icons, or campaign -- the only limit is your imagination.