Stories about Advocacy

17 October 2014

Building an Internet Fast Lane in Russia Could Be a Great Way to Stifle Independent Media

In Russia, where the online space for independent media is fast shrinking, the prospect of ending net neutrality and filtering Internet content poses significant dangers.

15 October 2014

Facebook's Zuckerberg Promotes Greater Internet Access in Indonesia

Indonesia has one of the biggest and most active social media communities in the world -- and Mark Zuckerberg wants to get in on the action.

Journal from an Ethiopian Prison: The Maekelawi Ceremony

"We could not carry on surviving the hell of Maekelawi. We ended up telling our interrogators what they wanted to hear."

13 October 2014

Will the Right to Be Forgotten Inspire Repressive Regimes to Expand Internet Censorship?

“These governments will take advantage from this directive. Powerful people will be able to hide disgraceful actions for their own e-reputation," says Tunisian Internet advocate Dhouha Ben Youssef.

Colombia's “Citizen Porfolio” Program Could Infringe Privacy Rights (And More)

The "Citizen Portfolio" policy would store citizen data -- ranging from passport numbers to health information -- all in one place.

11 October 2014

Remembering Mahsa Shekarloo, Iran's Internet Pioneer and Women’s Rights Activist

Mahsa Shekarloo, Iranian women’s rights activist and founder of the online feminist journal Bad Jens, died Friday September 5, 2014, surrounded by family. We celebrate her life in this post.

10 October 2014

GV Face: Alaa Abd El Fattah and Maryam Al Khawaja on Hunger Strikes, Jail-time, and Activism in Egypt and Bahrain

Hundreds of political prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Egypt and Bahrain.

8 October 2014

Facebook Weighs In on the Ukraine-Russia Takedown Dispute

RuNet Echo talks with Facebook about content takedowns, community standards, and the social media war in Ukraine, where users on all sides resort to desperate measures.

6 October 2014

The Invisible Violence of Cyber War in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

Nearly all major pro-democracy organizing platforms and media sites have been knocked offline over the past ten days. And mainstream media hasn't said a word about it.

#FreeSaeed: An Iranian Web Developer's Sixth Year in Prison

Saeed Malekpour was originally sentenced to death as a "corrupter of the earth" for his open source software that others used to download pornographic images.