Marianne Diaz

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Venezuelan lawyer and fiction writer. Interested in freedom of speech, access to information and culture, and all things Internet-related. You can find my ramblings and writings at my personal blog, La vida no trae instrucciones, and my quotidian rants at my Twitter account.

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22 February 2014

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Venezuela: The Internet Goes Dark in Táchira

"In Táchira we're without Internet, water, light, food, gasoline..." Live tweeting from what many are calling the "militarized" state of Táchira, where the currently raging protests began.

18 February 2014

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Venezuela: Police Seize Protester Mobile Phones

Protesters believe police are reviewing their personal information, erasing pictures and video of the protests, and sending prank messages to their families and friends.

15 February 2014

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Venezuela: Twitter Photos Blocked as Protests Continue

As protests escalate, Internet users throughout Venezuela are reporting trouble accessing websites and multimedia content on Twitter. Most problems appear to be occuring on CANTV, the state-owned ISP.

12 February 2014

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Venezuela: Authorities Threaten to Fine Media Outlets for Protest Coverage

Protests in Venezuela have intensified after several students were detained on dubious charges. Venezuela's telecom commission is warning media that protest coverage could stand in violation of national law.

10 November 2013

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Venezuela’s President Announces Web Blocking on Live TV

On Saturday, November 9, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced publicly the government's decision to block several websites that track the unofficial price of foreign currency.

15 October 2013

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Venezuela: Chavez Recording Hits the Web, Top-Level Domain is Blocked

On September 28 and 29, Venezuelan Twitter users reported that all .co domains and shortened urls were blocked on government-owned ISP, Cantv.

25 April 2013

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Will the Revolution Still be Tweeted? Venezuela's Netizens Face Uncertain Future

Since the death of Hugo Chavez and narrow victory of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, two social media users have been arrested for posting information deemed “destabilizing” to the country. On election day, the Internet was briefly shut down throughout most of the country. And today, social network users are facing threats to their employment status, as authorities search profiles for signs of political affiliation that have, in several cases, resulted in users losing their jobs.