• Stand for Democracy
    A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age

    On International Human Rights Day, 562 authors, including 5 Nobel Prize laureates, from over 80 countries have joined together to launch an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments. Read the appeal and sign the petition.

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    Cartoon: Legitimate Anger?

    Outraged by the spying practices of the NSA, tech giants Google and Facebook have been calling for substantial reform and more transparency. Political cartoonist Tjeerd Royaards (Netherlands) takes a closer look.

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  • Citation Filtered
    Infographic: Iran’s Censorship of Wikipedia

    The Iranian government aggressively blocks online content with an extensive blacklist of URLs and URL keywords. According to an Iran Media Program study, Iran’s digital filter blocks access to pages on one of internet’s most open platforms: Wikipedia. Here’s an infographic that shows key findings.

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  • New Voyager Video
    New Voyager! Yes, We Can

    Does a new viral YouTube video signal big changes in Iran? Entitled “New Voyager,” the music video, which has strong similarities with the Obama campaign’s “Yes We Can” video, is largely based on president Hassan Rouhani speeches, shows women singing, and portrays Iran’s diverse society.

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  • FRIENDS! by Deb Milbrath
    Cartoon: The ‘Social’ in Social Media

    ‘We are becoming a very removed world with oh so many friends.’ Today’s cartoon comes to us from Deb Milbrath (USA). Sampsonia Way’s Cartoons section features cartoonists from around the world whose work offers unique political and social commentary, as well as sharp wit.

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  • Ye Fu and Friends
    Rice-Delivery-Party

    On the rise and fall (for now) of the popular Butcher Shop, an innovative philanthropic e-commerce project that provides financial aid to families of political prisoners. The venture is organized by Rice-Delivery-Party, a writer/activist collective led by the author and blogger Ye Fu.

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