Stories about Activism

3 October 2014

Tips for Citizens Documenting Hong Kong's Protests

Taking video of protests? WITNESS compiles some tips for documenting protests and police violence both safely and ethically.

2 October 2014

“We Don't Need No Governance”: Why the Internet Governance Forum Misses the Point

Activists worldwide have criticized the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum for shying away from pressing issues like censorship and digital surveillance. This year, they held took matters into their own hands.

What Protesters in Hong Kong (and Anywhere Else) Should Know About FireChat

Two leading security experts explain the risks in using FireChat -- and offer some simple tips for digital safety in a protest environment.

Hong Kong Protesters Shore Up Mobile Communications Tools in Face of Technical Threats

Activists and security experts are working together to determine which tech tools can help protesters -- and which ones can leave them in danger.

Fears of a Network Blackout Still Loom for Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters

Could Hong Kong really experience a mobile network shutdown? Officials say it's possible, but unlikely.

1 October 2014

Netizen Report: Hong Kong Protests Trigger Tear Gas, Surveillance and Social Media Censorship

Protests persist in Hong Kong, Australia institutes Web-wide surveillance, and Egyptian and Saudi authorities prosecute gays (with the help of Grindr).

25 September 2014

China Sentences Peaceful Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti to Life in Prison

"I scream for our ethnic group, but I scream louder for China," Ilham Tohti said through his lawyer.

24 September 2014

Netizen Report: Activist Repression and Electronic Witch Hunts in Bahrain

This week we look at mounting threats to digital activists in Bahrain and Iran, blogger crackdowns in Crimea, and surveillance in Singapore, FinSpy-style.

1 September 2014

Bahraini Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Denied Entry to Her Country, Goes On Hunger Strike

Bahraini human rights activists Maryam Al-Khawaja was denied entry to Bahrain upon her arrival at the airport. Now in detention, she has started a hunger strike.

4 August 2014

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

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.