The BOBs 2015
Fig. 1. Courtesy of Deutsche Welle.

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, announced the winners of its annual The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards. Its Freedom of Speech Award went to Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. There were also three Jury Awards categories (Social Change, Privacy & Security, and Arts & Media) and 14 language-specific People Choice awards.

The Jury Social Change award went to Bonya’s Blog:

After the tragic death of her husband, Avijit Roy, blogger Rafida Bonya Ahmed vowed to continue to speak out on secularism and science. Her husband was a well-known blogger who was hacked to death by unknown assailants in Dhaka in February 2015. He was renowned for the critical stance he took on religious fundamentalism. Like her husband, blogger Bonya, who was also injured in the attack and lost a finger, has refused to be intimidated. She is an active supporter of secular Bangladesh and is known for her writings on the Theory of Evolution.

The Jury Privacy & Security award went to Rancho Electrónico website:

The hackerspace and website Rancho Electronico connects and localizes the state of art conversations surrounding security and the open and free Web to a regional audience.

The Jury Arts & Media award went to Zaytoun, the little refugee project:

Zaytoun calls itself a project of political, artistic, and collective creation, learning, and reflection, open to all kinds of contributions, contesting the monopoly over the power to write history. The video game, which follows the journey of a little boy refugee, gives players an understanding for the people of Palestine and Syria.

People's Choice winner for Arabic is Dubarah project:

The true meaning of a crowdsourced project for the common good. Dubarah features a simple and beautiful design with lots of added value that has helped many people. It's the first network to address the needs of Syrians wherever they are Dubarah provides them with suitable solutions for the obstacles they face. It was founded by Ahmad Edilbi, the first Syrian awarded with Ashoka Fellowship. The idea for Dubarah came from recognizing the challenging situations many Syrians are forced to come to terms with after having left their country due to the conditions there for new places they have never visited.

People's Choice winner for Bengali is Toons Magazine:

Toons magazine covers the main stories of the day using cartoons. It dares to publish sarcastic cartoons of politicians. In September 2007, Arifur Rahman, a cartoonist and the site's publisher, was arrested and jailed in Bangladesh because one of his cartoons was alleged to have defamed the Prophet Muhammad. The blogger has been living in Norway since 2010.

People's Choice winner for English is Take Back the Tech website:

Series of campaigns promoting the use of ICTs, especially by women and girls, in advocacy against gender-based violence. Active on several fronts, including the creation of safe digital spaces; the exploring of links between ICTs and violence against women; and women’s participation in the creation and sharing of knowledge. Campaign components have been adapted and used in several countries since 2006.

People's Choice winner for Indonesian is Selasar website:

Selasar provides infographics of many public issues and popular issues, to help mainstream netizens understanding the big picture of being a citizen. It explores a wide range of topics, such as education quality, capital injection, and state-owned companies which are using national budget.

People's Choice winner for Persian is Facebook community page Center for Fighting Humbug:

The “Center for Fighting Humbug” is a Facebook community page with nearly 300,000 Likes. Inaccurate reports run rampant in the Persian web, this site sees its responsibility in correcting and clarifying the faulty information it sees.

People's Choice winner for Turkish is 5 Harfliler blog:

This is a blog that provides quality content with a critical perspective on women’s issues. There can be content in any field as long as it is related to women’s lives and meaningful for women’s rights struggles. It has a particularly good on touch on popular cultural themes. The site has a good traffic, good coverage among social media users and some of its content reaches to traditional media.

All blogs, websites and other online projects that were voted for this year are listed here.