Together with our partners (Pod črto, @ObjaveIzKleti, Marko Plahuta), we spent the second half of 2020 analysing 24 fake Twitter profiles that published divisive or hostile content and were regularly mentioned or retweeted by Slovenian right-wing politicians. The publication of results in February of 2021 was met with great media and public interest, as well as attempts of defamation by other Twitter users, some of them authentic and some probably fake. We presented unequivocal evidence that these were indeed fake profiles, as well as graphs showing various aspects of their activities. We also took steps to report cases of identity theft to Twitter.
Petition against the destruction of public higher education and science
End of January 2021 was marked by the sudden government blockade of the announcement of the call for enrollment in public university programs. As thousands of prospective students found themselves in an uncertain position, we joined the campaign, organized by Visokošolski sindikat Slovenije (Higher Education Union of Slovenia) that brought together all public universities, many scientific institutes and unions as well as student organizations. We set up a website with a petition and collected more than 14,000 signatures in a short time. The campaign, together with other public efforts, was successful and resulted in the publication of the enrollment call in early February.
Legal network for the protection of democracy
We established the network with partner organizations to help individuals who have found themselves in illegal, unconstitutional and democratic proceedings due to them being active citizens. The aim of the network is to balance out the financial and legal resources that are available to the state and those available to civilians. On the network’s website we publish legal advice, answer questions and work to protect fundamental freedoms with the help of the law.
Less than fair
On a cold December evening, social networks were flooded with outraged posts reacting to a memo from Hofer banning homeless people from selling their newspaper in front of its outlets. In doing so, they communicated to an already vulnerable social group that they are unwanted and should become invisible – just to provide their customers a holiday shopping experience without any bad conscience. We strongly oppose this kind of segregation, so called on the public to boycott Hofer and help the homeless.