PEN America Blog
As the nation rallies to fight Ebola, a group of internet activists are busy crafting landmark legislation to protect free expression online, reports our Freedom to Write fellow from Abuja.
Though she’s rotten to the core, I reckon I’ve always loved Tina Elliot, from the first time I laid eyes on her. She came in the store with her mother right after I started working there, just a little-bitty thing, said she’d give me a kiss for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
In spite of totalitarian suppression, the Internet opened a door for freedom of speech. The regime is always met by new waves of “hacktivism” and software for activists. IT journalist Linus Larsson clarifies the cyber-situation and defines terms such as Tor, NSA, and PGP.
In 2012, Alireza Roshan was incarcerated at Evin prison in Iran—known for housing political prisoners and dissidents—on charges of “incitement and collusion with intent to disrupt national security." He wrote five poems from his cell for the Dissident Blog.