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As Kenyans Go to the Polls on August 8, Here Are the Things to Watch

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:46:48 +0000

After avoiding a repeat of 2007 with peaceful elections in 2013, "the odds this year appear once again stacked against the smooth running of the polls."


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In Macedonia, Geeks Create Free Accommodation Platform In Reaction to Hotel Price Hike for Super Cup Fans

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:18:04 +0000

A bunch of geeks who call themselves 'WeTalkIT' offered Manchester United and Real Madrid fans the means to find a free place to stay during Skopje's UEFA Super Cup.


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Netizen Report: New Research Tests Facebook’s Digital ‘On Ramp’ for Developing Countries

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:07:45 +0000

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.


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What Do Election Results Signal About Women's Political Participation in Iran?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:00:23 +0000

Iranian election results, although mixed, signal hope for an Iran where women’s voices matter on both national and local levels.


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In Paraguay, Poverty Creates a Cycle of Women Caring for Other Women's Children

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:57:09 +0000

Thousands of Paraguayan women are forced to move to Argentina and Spain as caregivers while leaving their own families behind to be cared for by other women.


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Vietnamese Activist Trần Thị Nga Sentenced to 9 Years for ‘Propaganda’

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:09:43 +0000

The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.


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Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:00:42 +0000

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.


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In Uganda's Parliament, the Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Sexism

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:57:50 +0000

"The parliament that once roared with socially progressive legislators...is now a circus where one can refer to imaginary studies to deny the experiences of victims of violence, with little opposition."


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Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:40:22 +0000

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.


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Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:12:27 +0000

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.


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Syrians Fleeing the War Seek Refuge in Brazil Where the Assad Regime Has Some Powerful Supporters

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:58:04 +0000

Syrians fleeing the country's civil war are trying to find a place in Brazil they can call home.


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Venezuela: The Horror Beyond the Door

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:38:41 +0000

"The stench of the tear gas is everywhere. You can still hear the muffled echo of explosions, sometimes far away, sometimes close by. A constant, incomprehensible chain of events. ""Seguí sin comprender el motivo del ataque. ¿Existe alguna justificación a su potencia desproporcionada? El mero pensamiento me llena de amargura. No la hay, por supuesto."


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Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:51:15 +0000

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."


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Menstrual Hygiene Products Are Not Luxury Goods: Indian Rural Women Speak Out

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:36:21 +0000

Are menstrual hygiene products luxury goods? Women in India are voicing their doubts.


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Hell on Earth in Chittagong: Floods Wreak Havoc in the City

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:34:41 +0000

"The waterlogging in Chittagong has worsened today. It seems nobody cares. God save everyone."


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