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Ellery Roberts Biddle

I am the editor of Global Voices Advocacy and a long-time member of the Global Voices community. Thanks for visiting our site! My job is to support our community's efforts to report and advocate on Internet censorship and surveillance around the world. I currently live in Boston, where I am researching and writing about the politics of Internet use in Cuba as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Check out my blog half-wired, or follow me on Twitter.

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Latest posts by Ellery Roberts Biddle

27 February 2015

Renowned Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Still Detained After 10 Months

A human rights lawyer who has defended clients ranging from Ai Weiwei to communist party officials, Pu Zhiqiang is now facing criminal charges over his postings on Weibo.

10 February 2015

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

9 February 2015

Netflix is Coming to Cuba — But Will They Have Any Customers?

Netflix seems unaware that even those Cubans who have Internet access do not have a strong enough connection to watch videos online.

6 February 2015

Crimean IT Industry Wilts Under Western Sanctions

Companies like Apple and Google blocking access to their services in Crimea due to Western sanctions, bringing a high cost for IT professionals and citizens.

4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

Spotify is leaving Russia in response to the economic crisis, the political situation, and the draconian Internet laws.

The Macedonian Government Clamps Down on Filming Protests With Drones

Drone-made videos and photos were instrumental in demonstrating the size of a recent massive student protest, which has been called the largest student protest in Macedonia since independence.

The Collapse of Media Freedom in Bulgaria

The state of media freedom has progressively worsened in Bulgaria in recent years. In 2014 the country plunged 13 places on the Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index.

31 December 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground, on the Internet, in court and behind bars.

18 December 2014

Cuba: More Money Means More Technology, With or Without State Reforms

What Wednesday's changes mean for Internet access and mobile telephony in Cuba? There are a few things we can glean from what both leaders have said—and haven’t said—so far.

20 August 2014

The Internet Never Forgets: Join a Global Conversation on the EU’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

If the 'Right to be Forgotten' were implemented in your country, would it threaten the public interest? Global Voices editors are asking experts worldwide for their thoughts on the issue.