Censoring dissent. How the mourning over activist Liu Xiaobo’s death is being erased from the internet

Liu Xiao Bo – Ai Weiwei

On July 13 2017, activist, writer and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo passed away in government custody.

He advocated for non-violent action, participated in the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, and helped to draft and gather support for Charter 08, a call for peaceful political reform and an end to one-party rule. He spent almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China for advocating human rights and democracy.

Once the news of his death became public, one related phenomenon started to be reported. References to Liu Xiaobo, his work, and his passing were being censored on social media in China more harshly than ever before. Continue reading Censoring dissent. How the mourning over activist Liu Xiaobo’s death is being erased from the internet

Newsletter #35: Decolonizing

Newsletter #35: sent!
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Doing: I published a reading list on the concept of decolonizing technology, and curated a collection of articles to celebrate Chelsea Manning’s release.

Linking to: the antidote to authoritarianism; your face, encrypted; makeup vloggers protesting capitalism; a made up FOIA tutorial vlog; Kara Walker’s next act; Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige.

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Fighting forward: A reading list in honor of Chelsea Manning

“I keep fighting to warn the world of the dangerous trend in which the only information you can access is the kind that someone with money or power wants you to see.” Why I keep fighting – Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning is a transgender woman, transparency activist and acclaimed whistleblower.

She was sentenced in 2013 to serve 35 years in prison for disclosing military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. On January 17, 2017, all but four months of her remaining prison sentence were commuted. She will now be released from prison on May 17, 2017 rather than in 2045.

Chelsea Manning – Molly Crabapple Continue reading Fighting forward: A reading list in honor of Chelsea Manning

Decolonizing technology: A reading list

Western culture has long been defining how the world came to existence, its history, and how it works from a perspective which is centred on a Western and white point of view. While this specific paradigm has been the dominant position of power, others have been hegemonized by it, their cultures and experiences dismissed and excluded.


AFRO CYBER RESISTANCE – Tabita Rezaire. Continue reading Decolonizing technology: A reading list

Newsletter #31: Opposition

Newsletter #31: sent!
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Doing: publishing a list of anti-surveillance and anti-censorship projects to support and donate to; listening to and learning from the history of the Black Panthers in Oakland; discovering activist libraries and bookstores in London.

Linking to: digital redlining, spies on Tinder, protest, treason, the revolutionary life of Lucy Parsons, a beauty guide to fight fascism, Nicole Milfie, Princess Nokia, Ms Roboto, Rihanna.

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