Netizen Report: Can Brazil’s Government Use Google to Manipulate Public Opinion?

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Anti-Temer protest in São Paulo, August 2016. Rovena Rosa/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A January 12 article on the website of O Globo, one of Brazil’s most widely read daily newspapers, alleges…

#MeToo Has Hit China’s Universities, Despite Efforts of Internet Censors

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Chinese students displayed anti-sexual harassment banners at the January 20 Women's March in Washington, DC. Image via Voice of America, licensed for reuse. The global #MeToo movement is slowly catching on in China, despite strict censorship on the internet. After highly-regarded Beihang University professor Chen Xiaowu was dismissed over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, students and…

Afghanistan Reels From Two Deadly Attacks in Less than a Week

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Children fleeing the compound targeted by gunmen in Jalalabad province. Photo courtesy of Zahra Joya. Used with her permission. January has brought no shortage of sad news to Afghanistan after two attacks in quick succession shook citizens of the South Asian country. On January 24 gunmen stormed the compound of International aid organization Save the Children…

Veto Viber? Tax Telegram? Such Are Tajikistan’s Tech Company Conundrums

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Cartoon by Hussam Al-Zahrani. In an attempt to stem a cash flow crisis, Tajikistan is taking up increasingly hostile postures towards digital communications companies. In recent months, the government has made moves to monopolize the internet service provision and revoke licences for cheap IP-based call services. It has also been reported that restrictions are being…

Would Amnesty for Drug Kingpins Achieve Peace in Mexico? Depends Who You Ask

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Pictured: Andres M. Lopez Obrador, who proposed amnesty for some participants in Mexico’s non-international armed conflict. Image from Flickr by Eneas de Troya, taken during Lopez Obrador’s campaign and used under CC 2.0 licensing terms. Would pardoning criminals put an end Mexico’s internal armed conflict? This is one of a few recently proposed scenarios to…

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl’s Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

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The text on the poster says: “Delhi… Here women are scared to step out of their house. Who responsible for this intense fear?” Image by Francois Decaillet via Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND As Pakistan grapples with bringing the perpetrators of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari's murderer to justice, another heinous killing across the border, in the northern Indian…

Ugandans Grow Anxious Over Incidents of Deadly Viral Fever

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An Ebola treatment unit in Grand Cape Mount, Liberia. Photo by Martine Perret/UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response via Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0) The death of nine-year-old Bridget Nalunkuuma in the central Ugandan town of Nakaseke has rattled residents who fear the girl may have suffered from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Eight other  people have reportedly died…

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran’s Access to Information Law

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An Iranian protester holds up a peace sign. Image from Article 19, used with permission. Written by Afsaneh Rigot of ARTICLE 19 in content partnership with Global Voices. On 28 December 2017, widespread protests broke out across Iran on an unprecedented scale, in what has become the country’s largest anti-government demonstration since the post-election protests…

Chaos in the Capital: Photos of Record Snowfall in Tokyo

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Captions: “Live from Shibuya Station”, record-breaking snowfall. 23 centimeters expected to fall in Tokyo Metropolitan area. Screencap from ANN YouTube channel. At least one foot (30 centimeters) of snow accumulated in the Tokyo region over the weekend and into Monday, January 22. This is the most significant snowfall in Tokyo since 2014. Although this rare weather…

Jurassic Post: Afghan Minister’s Gaffe Raises Meritocracy Concerns

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Shahzad Gul Aryoubi, the Afghan minister of Communications and Information Technology. Official government photo. Shahzad Gul Aryoubi got off to a poor start as Afghanistan's minister of Communications and Information Technology earlier this month, stumbling through a pre-prepared speech in which he claimed the country's postal service was “1.5 million centuries” old. The gaffe put questions…

Shifts in Bangladeshi Wedding Culture Bring a Change to the Menu

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Bride and groom, posing at a wedding. Photography by Sanim Haque. Used with permission Everyone loves a wedding, and if you're a food lover you don't want to miss a chance to attend a Bangladeshi wedding. Considering the love Bengalis have for their cuisine, it comes as no surprise that they go the extra mile…

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is Pregnant and Internet Users Can’t Stop Talking About It

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Source: Wikimedia Commons The announcement that New Zealand’s Labour party prime minister Jacinda Ardern is pregnant has brought immense joy to many on local social media. Jacinda and her partner, Clarke Gayford the TV host of Fish of the day, announced via Twitter: We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we’ll…

Changing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival’s Culture Starts With Consent

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A consensual “wine” in progress at a fete (party) during Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2013. Photo by IZATRINI.com, CC BY-SA 2.0. Trinidad and Tobago's latest controversy is over a law that makes it necessary to have permission to “wine” — a hip-swivelling dance which is traditionally a free-for-all during the country's annual Carnival season. Making the point that…

In Argentina, the Search for the Lost Grandchildren of the Dictatorship Continues

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Photo by Emergentes shared publicly on Facebook Facebook and used with permission. On December 27, 2017, the Argentine NGO Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo announced the recovery of granddaughter number 127. The latest granddaughter to be found is the daughter of María del Carmen Moyano and Carlos Poblete, militants from the Montoneros organization who were kidnapped…

A Mother’s Battle Against Agrochemicals, Church and State in Paraguay

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In January 2003, Petrona Villasboa and her entire family suffered the negative effects of agrochemicals, with the loss of one of their children, Silvino Talavera. Photo by Leonor de Blas, used with permission. As a midwife, Petrona Villasboa has helped bring more than 200 children into the world alive and well, but when her own…