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February 24 2014

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January 22 2014

As Darkness Falls – Berlin Conference

As Darkness Falls - Berlin conference

Berlin is welcoming the digital intelligentsia to a conference this weekend (January 25-26) on “self-empowerment in the age of digital control”. Speakers at the event, As Darkness Falls, include Jacob Appelbaum, Bruce Sterling, Micah Sifry, Evgeny Morozov and from Global Voices, Asteris Masouras (@asteris).

See program in English and German. The meeting is hosted by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin.

January 16 2014

Shall We Start with the Good News?

Silver lining

They say every cloud has a silver lining. Photo by Matthew Perkins on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Here's the good news: Throughout the years, Global Voices has brought you countless stories of human hope, bravery and creativity from all over the world. And here's the bad: Like other news sites, we're often guilty of focusing on negatives and perhaps even of depressing you.

Do you look forward to reading Global Voices? Or are you put off by the seemingly endless stream of stories of injustice and human suffering? In 2014 we're planning on pursuing more solution driven journalism, and hopefully showing more light and humanity than darkness and despair.

This does not mean we will ignore the bad things, like violence or poverty. But we do want to highlight more positive developments. In fact we’ve already started doing it, by posting stories about good news you never heard from Yemen, or millions of children in Bangladesh receiving free textbooks, or how Angolans use the internet to preserve their languages.

So many of our stories are centered on online social movements and citizens mobilizing to improve their societies. We want to tell this news in a way that inspires hope, rather than falling back on the more negative framing of regular mainstream news media.

For starters, we've created a new Good News category on Global Voices.

At the end of December, we hosted a conversation on GV Face about this idea between our co-founder Ethan Zuckerman, our deputy editor, Sahar H. Ghazi, advocacy editor, Ellery Biddle, and myself. It's going to be a long term effort to gradually change the way we tell stories together with our authors and editors.

We're following the lead of many other websites and news organizations who are pioneering this type of reporting under the headings like positive news, solutions-driven journalism, constructive reporting, and similar. Even the Huffington Post has a Good News section (though you'll probably find more cute pet stories there than you ever will on Global Voices).

The world we want you to experience on Global Voices is beautiful. It's inhabited by brave and creative individuals who believe in making the world a better place. Maybe we can even give our readers a sense that there's something they can do to help too.

Take a look at our Good News and let us know what else you’d like to see on Global Voices.

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January 15 2014

New Global Voices Podcast in Portuguese

GV podcastThe prolific team of Global Voices in Portuguese have launched a new monthly podcast, Vozes Globais, with alternative news gleaned from the internet in all Portuguese speaking countries.

Portuguese journalist Vanessa Rodrigues (@lunacronica) is heading up the podcast in partnership with community radio station RadioManobras.pt. The goal is to partner with community radios in more Portuguese language countries to see the show re-broadcast internationally.

The idea for the podcast was born at a #GVMeetup event in Porto, Portugal in December 2013. For more information on the podcast or other activities of Global Voices’ Portuguese language teams, please contact Sara Moreira.

January 14 2014

Virtual Secret Santas – the Global Voices Way

GV Secret Santa

A secret message from one GV virtual secret Santa in India to his “victim” in Germany

One of the sillier traditions of Christmas is to delight someone (anonymously) with surprises throughout the month of December.

Around 20 Global Voices authors and translators signed up to become a virtual “Secret Santas” this year for another GV'er. We had cheerful vibes traveling across the Internet from Egypt to Ethiopia, Pakistan to Brazil, India to Germany.

But how do you keep someone virtually in suspense for a whole month, sending messages without revealing your identity? Here are a few tips from those who tried and succeeded!

Create a new email address and/or Twitter handle for Santa messages to your “victims”. Then think of both tangible and intangible things to send them. Surprise them with a playlist of songs, poems or an award certificate by email.

Give your victim witty hints of Santa's identity. Send them messages in different languages to throw them off your trail. Buy gifts from a local online retailer to mask your location. Send them a ringtone. A hand-drawn portrait. E-cards. Retweet their tweets.

And of course, there's always the option of sending a card or gift in the mail. But watch out for relying 100% on the international postal services, or you might see a message like this one:

Solaaaaa, my santaaaa forgot meeee

In the end, the whole thing has less to do with Christmas (which several Santas don't even celebrate) and all to do with inspiring friendship and community across borders and enjoying an opportunity to be creative.

From all who were not “forgotten” GV Santas got rave reviews:

My Santa was extremely witty and kept sending me cool hints about herself and where she comes from. Very very creative. Loved the entire experience :)

My Santa is the most amazing one I've ever had. Made me smile with thoughtful gifts and messages. Thing is… I still don't know who she/he is!!! Come out dear Santa! :)

December 20 2013

Video Appeal: What You Don't Know About The Places We're From

Have I ever worn a grass skirt or lived in a tree? How come I speak such good English? I haven't been asked the first two since my university days in the US, but every so often some well-meaning individual hits me with the third. Among them was a Jamaican taxi driver—a fellow Caribbean citizen!—a useful reminder that no country holds the monopoly on mistaken impressions of other nationalities.

For many of us at Global Voices, correcting misperceptions about our countries and communities can be a daily pastime. It's also part of the Global Voices mission, of course, so for our 2013 end-of-year campaign we asked members of the Global Voices family to fill you in on what their countries are really about. Watch the results in this video:

What are some common misperceptions or little-known facts about your own culture or country? Drop us a line in the comments or on Twitter, using the hashtag #GVNowYouKnow!

And if you'd like to support our continuing efforts to tell the full story of what's going on in the world, please consider a financial donation.

Over 800 of us work together to bring you stories it's hard to find by yourself. Your contributions help support our editors, our technology, outreach and advocacy projects, and our community events.

Thank you, and happy holidays!


Featured in the video were:

Diana Lungu | Moldova
Firuzeh Shokooh Valle | Puerto Rico
Hisham Almiraat | Morocco
Maria Sidiropoulou | Greece
Mong Palatino | Philippines
Janine Mendes-Franco | Trinidad and Tobago
Ashish Bohora | India
Jane Ellis | Panama
Nwachukwu Egbunike | Nigeria
Yoo Eun Lee | South Korea
Ruslan Trad | Bulgaria
Chris Moya | Spain
Solana Larsen | World

December 13 2013

Global Voices Meetup in Porto: Journalism, Citizenship and New Media

Poster by Manufactura Independente (@ManufacturaInd). Analysis of the protests in Brazil on social networks, by Andrés Monroy-Hernández on Flickr (Creative Commons: BY-SA 2.0).

Friday, 13 December
9.30 p.m. in Gato Vadio: Exposing the Invisible, Tactical Technology Collective
Saturday, 14 December
2.30 p.m. -6.30 p.m. in Maus Hábitos: Citizen journalism and new media in the Lusophone World. Registration necessary: portuguese@globalvoicesonline.org
http://tinyurl.com/GVmeetup
in conjunction with: Transparência Hackday.
8 p.m. in Espaco Compasso: Lusophone dinner.
9.30 p.m. in Espaco Compasso: Concert “Gringo e o Curisco” (Brazil)
Design: Manufactura Independente (@ManufacturaInd). Background image: Analysis of the protests in Brazil on social networks, by Andrés Monroy-Hernández on Flickr (Creative Commons: BY-SA 2.0).

Global Voices in Portugal invites journalists, amateur media practitioners, citizens and groups dedicated to independent online communication projects or in favour of a more active digital citizenship to a meetup in Porto on 14 December, 2013.

The first Global Voices meetup in Portugal will take a look at how people can come together and strengthen dialogue, understanding and solidarity within and between communities that express themselves in the “languages in Portuguese” (as the only Portuguese-language literary Nobel prize winner, José Saramago, used to refer to the diversity of languages existing in the Lusophone world), as well as what roles do people play – and can play – today on the Internet to share Lusophone issues with the world.

At the Porto meetup, we will search for new ways of working together and building bridges between platforms of online communication that elevate voices which need to be heard. We want to see, hear, record and sow the seeds for a more civic kind of journalism. We believe that we can reap rewards from sharing and collaborating through the “networks of indignation and hope” (Castells).

What's going to happen?

Broadcasters, amateur filmmakers, professional reporters, volunteers, and developers from diverse locations of our scattered linguistic region will be present.

Poster by Manufactura Independente (@ManufacturaInd). Analysis of the protests in Brazil on social networks, by Andrés Monroy-Hernández on Flickr (Creative Commons: BY-SA 2.0).

Click to see a larger version. Design: Manufactura Independente (@ManufacturaInd). Background image: Analysis of the protests in Brazil on social networks, by Andrés Monroy-Hernández on Flickr (Creative Commons: BY-SA 2.0).

The programme is mobile and stops off at three social and cultural intervention associations in Porto's city centre, bringing together collaborators and friends of Global Voices from various parts of Portugal, with participants from Brazil, São Tomé and Angola. At the end there will be cachupa from Cape Verde – a popular dish made from corn, beans and fish or meat – along with Brazilian music at the association Espaço Compasso [pt]. 

The meetup begins with an evening of cinema and a conversation about investigative journalism documentary Exposing the Invisible by the Tactical Technology Collective. This pre-event will happen at the Gato Vadio (Stray Cat) [pt] association and is part of an international film festival organised by Tactical Tech, which began 9 December and runs until the 15.

The meeting and the items dedicated to citizen journalism and new media in the Lusophone world will take place throughout Saturday afternoon on 14 December in Maus Hábitos (Bad Habits) [pt]. The meetup will run in conjunction with the monthly meeting of Transparência Hackday (Transparency Hackday), a Portuguese group which aims to make information freely available to the public and encourages the interaction of citizens with technology. That meeting has promised the disclosing of public expenditure data in Portugal, following the example of the platform launched by the Open Knowledge Foundation, Spending Stories.

Participation in the meetup is free, but registration is necessary and should be done through this link: http://tinyurl.com/GVmeetup [pt]. All information about location and events can be found on the programme [pt]. A private Facebook event is being used to introduce participants and topics for the meetup. 

Global Voices in the Community

Beginning in November and running until the end of 2013, Global Voices is organising a series of face-to-face meetups in six cities around the world. The Global Voices in the Community meetings are led and facilitated by members of Global Voices who live in and know the local communities where the meetings take place. 

In the last GVFace (the weekly forum of debates and conversations which Global Voices runs on Google Hangout) which took place on Friday, 6 December, the meetup organisers discussed the events that have already happened, with the Porto meetup the only one yet to take place. The conversation revolved around the theme, From online to offline: Recreating the virtual Global Voices world for real audiences. You can watch the discussion here

November 26 2013

Global Voices Partners With Fundación MEPI

Global Voices has launched a new partnership with Fundación MEPI, an organization that promotes regional investigative projects in the Americas.

MEPI was founded in 2010 in Mexico, where news outlets’ lack of financial resources and attacks against journalists have stifled investigative reporting. In response to these challenges, MEPI seeks to promote freedom of the press and support “the development of the next generation of reporters in Mexico and Central America.”

Fundación MEPI

The MEPI website further explains:

The contemporary reader needs to understand how governments, public actors and agencies really work. It is these explanations that provide citizens of a democracy with the insight required to make informed decisions and procure a free and fair government. But the cost of producing quality information is rising and with the use of technology, so too is competition. With the help of donors, supporters and partners, Fundaciòn MEPI is committed to producing regional and cross-national investigations that use technology to illuminate corrupt practices, sleight of hand and impunity.

As part of their mission, MEPI aims to “link stories between the United States, Mexico and Central America and help explain transnational movements to readers across the globe.” MEPI's vision matches Global Voices’ mission to “build bridges across the gulfs that divide people, so as to understand each other more fully.”

Global Voices and Fundación MEPI will exchange content regularly. Sometimes we will break down their long-form investigations into series. We kick off this partnership with the article Machismo and Old Prejudices Keep Mexican Rape Victims Silent, which is also available in Spanish.

November 25 2013

Global Voices Meetup in Skopje, Macedonia

gv-meetup-logo-gvmeetup-400Global Voices in Macedonian is thrilled to invite you to a meeting of the members and supporters of the community, happening on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 12:00 to 15:00 at the GEM Club in Skopje, Macedonia.

During the event, we'll introduce the possibilities for becoming part of the Global Voices community, but also the opportunities for micro-grants by Rising Voices. The event will be used to strengthen the Global Voices community in Macedonia, by mixing old and new members to define the future of the team together.

Some of the topics of the event are:

  • Why are we here and what we want to achieve?
  • Overview of the work that we do at Global Voices, including Rising Voices, Advox, and Lingua
  • How to improve the process of Rising Voices micro-grants
  • What can we do to strengthen Global Voices in our community

If you want to attend, and we know you do, please fill out the following form, so we have a better picture of the number of participants: http://0.mk/GVMeetup

Gvmk-meetup

See you on Saturday!

November 22 2013

Global Voices Meetup in Kampala, Uganda

gv-meetup-logo-gvmeetup-400Our third Global Voices Meetup will take place in Kampala, Uganda on November 23, 2013 at the Hive Colab.

This Meetup is especially targeted at the hundreds of Rising Voices microgrant applicants from across Uganda. Over the past three years, we received the most number of applications from East Africa, including from all corners of Uganda. We hope that this Meetup will help facilitate connections.

The Meetup will bring together many of these community members to share their experiences and help facilitate connections between others that share similar interests or missions. Hosted by two of our community members Maureen Agena (@maureenagena) and Rosebell (@RosebellK), as well as other GV volunteers, the gathering will focus on:

  • Explaining the work of Global Voices, Rising Voices, Advox, and Lingua, and how the Ugandan community can get involved,
  • Exploring new ways that local community can support each other by sharing skills and resources and discussing projects and ideas,
  • Discussing how social media can be used in their work, including personal experience from attendees.

Since the focus of this meetup is primarily for past microgrant applicants, the invitation was initally sent to these groups, and all of the slots are filled. 

Follow the event through Twitter via #GVMeetup and for more information, please contact: rising [at] globalvoicesonline.org

November 21 2013

Reengineer the News! Global Voices Partners with Oximity

Oximity team

Oximity's team pose for a group photo in Berlin, Germany.

Oximity is a new website with the modest goal of “reengineering the news industry”. It's neither an aggregator nor a citizen journalism site, but something that encompasses both.

Behind the bravado is the site's co-founder Sanjay Goel who together with a Berlin-based team has developed a technically sophisticated and ambitious tool for news reading and writing.

The goal is to offer “news from the source” as an alternative to traditional mainstream news providers. Any organization or individual can use the site as a publishing platform with their own name and branding. And readers can easily sort through vast amounts of content (in any language) by creating “Playlists” of sources or keywords (Tags) on a personalized homepage.

Partnership

Global Voices stories in all languages are now available on Oximity, where readers can choose to follow specific variations of language or topic (say, Spanish and French stories about Ethiopia).

As a feature of our partnership Oximity has given Global Voices stories special status on their homepage as a “recommended playlist”.

The list of publishers is quickly growing as Oximity focusses on expansion and honing in on a business model. The site is still in beta and Oximity pride themselves on adapting quickly to feedback.

Oximity's homepage

Oximity's homepage (Nov 19, 2013)

Interview with Oximity's Sanjay Goel

Sanjay Goel

Sanjay Goel, Co-Founder

What motivated you to launch Oximity?

The news industry's fundamental model has not changed since its invention more than 400 years ago. It's time to make a fresh start.

Serious lack of trust in the media is a problem in most countries thanks in part to media consolidation and vested interests. On Oximity all news will come from the source, because the source is by definition the expert.

Journalists are skilled in news writing and storytelling, but most fall short when it comes to reporting that really requires expertise.

Doesn't relying on “sources” like organizations or individuals introduce problems with quality or issues with bias?

Yes, that can be a problem. Our solution is to enable our users to proofread, translate, and offer public feedback on stories, a bit like on Wikipedia. Oximity also provides tools to allow users to contextualize, refute or add to published articles, allowing the reader to see multiple perspectives in one place.

Companies like eBay and LinkedIn create online trust through ratings, public scrutiny and feedback systems. We are applying these learnings to the news industry.

What are your long-term goals?

We want Oximity to be a non-partisan, secular, mainstream news platform that offers solutions to the flaws of the current news model. Our agenda is to promote objective reality — or what some people call ‘the truth'.

We want Oximity to be financially self-sustainable. We are learning from the revenue models of large internet companies that are not primarily in the news business, including eBay, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google.

What are some of the technical features of Oximity you are excited about?

Thanks to extremely versatile technology anyone can plug their content into Oximity, and organizations can also display news from Oximity on their own websites. This creates a two-way flow of news for a critical mass of self-empowered and interconnected writers and readers.

Instead of organizing news under just a few broad categories like most other sites, we sort vast amounts of information using automatic and semi-automatic tagging that helps ensure Oximity is relevant to each individual.

Additionally, behind the scenes, we use a technical standard for our articles (rNews) that makes them easily discoverable in search engines.

We solved the need for verification of writers with a unique peer-to-peer authentication system. Oximity can approve writers we know, and approved writers can approve other writers they know. We were inspired by similar ‘web of trust’ models used in open-source software development.

Also, we have implemented special algorithms for scoring of articles that help the best rise to the top, and an advanced search for article recommendations and discovery.

Why did you chose to make your website multi-lingual?

As our world comes together via technology, language differences can still be a barrier to information sharing and mutual understanding. No part of the world should be left behind because they don't use English. Technology should adapt to people, not vice-versa. Therefore, we facilitate writing and reading news in more than 200 languages.

Users can manually translate any article to increase awareness of an issue in their own community, and we also have an automated translation feature in 40 languages.

Our readers can set up Playlists to follow topics of interest through Tags, even in languages they don't understand – that is a major breakthrough for news consumption.

Why do you wish to share Global Voices stories?

We believe that each human being is equal – in absolute terms, with no exceptions. One would expect the mainstream media to reflect the issues of everyone. But most of the media that has global reach and impact is from the ‘rich world', so we end up focusing on issues relevant to only a few countries disproportionally.

Global Voices helps correct this imbalance by bringing news from the entire world. You have built an amazing and dedicated community over many years, and it is a privilege to share this content with Oximity's users.

November 18 2013

Global Voices is Presented With Thuraya IP+ Terminal at News Xchange

News Xchange and Thuraya recognize Risng Voices

Solana Larsen thanks Thuraya and News Xchange in Marrakech, Morocco on November 15, 2013. Photo © Stefano Santucci/News Xchange (used with permission)

In recognition for groundbreaking work with online citizen media, Global Voices was presented with a Thuraya IP+ Terminal at Eurovision's annual News Xchange conference in Marrakech, Morocco on November 15, 2013 for use by the Rising Voices community.

The device which provides instant access to broadband data over an extensive satellite network was presented to Global Voices by John Huddle of Thuraya, a leading mobile satellite communications company. Last year at News Xchange, a similar Thuraya device was presented to Sebastian Meyer, the founder of a photojournalism agency in Iraq called Metrography.

Global Voices Managing Editor, Solana Larsen, said, “The bloggers and citizen journalists international news media have come to rely on as sources for reporting in many countries, don't just come out of nowhere. Communities like Global Voices nurture and support new bloggers and digital activists in parts of the world where news is still waiting to happen.”

Thuraya will be sponsoring Global Voices with the device and one year of free connectivity for work in underrepresented communities with little or no internet.

Amy Selwyn, Managing Director of News Xchange says, “We are really delighted to serve as the connector. With Thuraya being a major sponsor of News Xchange, it makes it possible for us to present this equipment to Global Voices in support of global journalism.”

Thuraya IP+

November 12 2013

Global Voices Meetup in Cairo, Egypt

gv-meetup-logo-gvmeetup-400We are pleased to announce that the second Global Voices Meetup will take place in Cairo, Egypt on November 16th at the Workshops from 11 am to 3 pm.

Traditionally, Global Voices has had a strong community of volunteer authors, translators, and editors living around the Cairo metropolitan area. This community members are involved in a wide range of citizen media, technology, and journalistic projects and activities, and may serve as a valuable resource for others interested in becoming more active in this field.

In addition in 2010, Rising Voices held a microgrant competition specifically for citizen media outreach projects from Egypt. Out of this cycle, we funded and support three projects: Nazra, Women of Minya Day by Day, and Mokattam Blog Tales.

The Meetup will bring together many of these community members to share their experiences and help facilitate connections between others that share similar interests or missions. Hosted by two of our community members Mohamed El Gohary (@ircpresident) and Tarek Amr (@gr33ndata), as well as other GV volunteers, the gathering will focus on:

  • Providing an overview of the work that we do at Global Voices, including Rising Voices, Advox, and Lingua
  • Sharing ways that the wider community can get involved with Global Voices
  • Networking activities so that participants can share information about their own digital projects or ideas for projects
  • Maximizing the use of social media in their work based on the experiences of other attendees

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the following sign-up form, and our team will reply with more information, including the exact address of the Meetup. The event is open to all, but participants must sign up ahead of time.

For more information, please contact: rising [at] globalvoicesonline.org

November 01 2013

Watch Movies For Free In The Dialog of Cultures Film Festival

mubi grid 2

The on-demand film streaming site MUBI is hosting the 2nd Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival, whose mission is “to unite nations, cultures and religions by jump-starting a dialogue through the universal language of cinema.”

The online festival features 20 films from Morocco, Portugal, Argentina, Philippines, Spain, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Kazakhstan, which can be viewed for free from November 1-14, 2013. 

Budding filmmakers can also enter the DCIFF's short film competition, where the film that best captures the festival's themes will win a US$3,000 prize. The deadline is February 1, 2014.

 

October 31 2013

Meetup with Global Voices!

gv-logo-below-square-144You may feel as if Global Voices community members are already longtime friends after being a regular reader of their posts and translations highlighting the online conversation in their countries. Perhaps you may also follow them on Twitter or are familiar with their digital projects and activities. Certainly these virtual connections can help make the world feel like a smaller place, but there is still something elemental about offline interactions that can only help strengthen these online bonds.

Throughout the months of November and December, we are organizing six global in-person ‘meetups’ led and facilitated by Global Voices members, who live and know those local communities.

However, these gatherings are much more than networking social events. They are opportunities for knowledge sharing, skills building, and future collaboration among peers who share similar missions.

Perhaps you have an idea for a citizen media outreach project and you want to find potential partners. Or you may want to learn new strategies for digital storytelling for a global audience. You can also learn more about Global Voices’ work and how to become a volunteer. These and much more may be a part of the half-day program.

The six cities for this first round of meet ups are:

Karachi, Pakistan – November 1, 2013
Cairo, Egypt – November 16, 2013
Kampala, Uganda – November 16, 2013
Skopje, Macedonia – November 30, 2013
Porto, Portugal – December 14, 2013
Phonm Penh, Cambodia – To be announced

These meetups are free to attend, but RSVPs are required. With each meetup, we will publish a post, as well as a Facebook Event invite with more details on how to sign up and the proposed agenda. This post will also be updated with these details. Special invitations will also be sent to previous applicants from our Rising Voices microgrant competitions, many of which come from these cities.

We're also launching a hashtag – #GVMeetup to follow along even if you one of these meetups are not scheduled for your city.

These six meetups are part of a pilot project to explore ways that our vast Global Voices community in all corners of the world can help facilitate peer learning and exchange among readers and other individuals and organizations in the field of citizen media. We hope to build upon this experience for more meetups in 2014!

In the meantime, for more information please write to rising [at] globalvoicesonline [dot] org

October 09 2013

Join Us On “The Bridge”

Some of the people whose work you'll be reading on

Some of the people whose work you'll be reading on “The Bridge”, starting October 10.

Last July, at the Global Voices Summit in Nairobi, Aparna Ray and Nwachukwu Egbunike stood at the front of the long, narrow room in the building we'd christened The Giraffe House and posed the question: what if we expanded the writing on Global Voices to include “original” content?

In true Global Voices fashion, from their respective homes in Kolkata, India and Ibadan, Nigeria, Aparna and Nwach had been co-leading a virtual pre-Summit working group exploring the idea of going beyond our traditional style of “neutral” reporting. To a roomful of Global Voices contributors from 60 countries their question was a provocation. 

In the nearly nine years that Global Voices has existed, we’ve prided ourselves on being curators and facilitators of global citizen media, taking pains to report as faithfully as possible on what others are doing online. Our commitment to neutrality has won us respect from journalists and researchers, along with a reputation as a trustworthy source. Surely this should be protected? 

“Neutrality—what's that?” quipped some of the more wry individuals in the room. Others felt that introducing a more personal element into our stories could enhance our reporting. In their presentation Nwach and Aparna had raised the issue of how difficult it was to construct stories around citizen or social media buzz when events were developing at dizzying speeds. Perhaps this new style of writing could help us react more quickly to events. Others worried about the world's bloggers: by making a shift like this, were we leaving them in the lurch?

By the end of a long debate the outlines of a decision had begun to emerge, to be confirmed some weeks later by a survey circulated among the entire Global Voices community. We would create a new species of Global Voices article, clearly labelled and distinguishable from the other kinds of content, and corralled into its own section. 

Tomorrow, October 10, we'll finally be unveiling that new section. We've called it “The Bridge”. 

Why “The Bridge”? As anyone who’s ever created something—a new gadget, a startup, a Kardashian baby—knows, finding a good name is tough, though sometimes the best one is sitting right under your nose. When “The Bridge” appeared among the torrent of names suggested during our community brainstorm, those of us who've been with Global Voices for some time slapped ourselves on the forehead and said: “Well—duh.”

Bridges connect places, of course, enabling communication and the passage of people and ideas, but the word “bridge” also has a deep resonance in the history of Global Voices. At the very first Global Voices meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2004 the Iranian blogger Hossein “Hoder” Derakhshan coined the term “bridge blogger” to describe a type of person emerging within the nascent international blogosphere. The bridge blogger writes for a global audience, helping readers understand her place of origin in all its messy complexity.

There’s no shortage of personal essays, opinion and commentary on the web, and we wouldn't add to the supply unless we felt we could offer something of value. One of the unique features of Global Voices is the astounding array of countries represented in our community—countries where most of our contributors were born and continue to live and work. We believe there’s as great a need as ever for well-told stories about localities and communities not adequately or accurately represented by mainstream media. Through “The Bridge”, we aim to bring you ideas and conversations from people who have a genuine stake in the stories they’re telling—stories we hope will surprise and delight.

With that, we welcome you to Global Voices’ “The Bridge.” 

 

October 03 2013

Global Voices awarded in Catalonia

Global Voices Català has won [ca] an award at the Catalonia Blog Awards [ca] held annually in Catalonia by the association Societat de Tecnologia i Coneixement (STIC) [ca] (Technology and Knowledge Society) in the category of communications and new media. The awards ceremony was celebrated on September 28th, 2013, where journalist, blogger and Global Voices author Joan Antoni Guerrero Vall collected the prize on behalf of the Catalan team. Congratulations, everyone!

Here you are the award Global Voices Catalan just won at the #pbc13. It is an honour to collect on on behalf of a great team :)

The association STIC aims to promote interactivity and innovation within the context of Catalan culture and language by using the new communication and information technologies, with a special sensibility towards education, actions of solidarity that help reduce inequality and the defense of Catalan culture.

July 09 2013

Global Voices Launches Partnership with North American Congress on Latin America

Global Voices and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) have launched a new partnership that will combine Global Voices’ focus on citizen media and NACLA’s analysis and expertise to bring our readers original, in-depth coverage about the region.

NACLA, founded in 1966, is an independent, nonprofit organization that seeks to “foster knowledge beyond borders” by providing information and analysis on Latin America and its complex relationship with the United States:

“We believe that knowledge is essential for change, so we use a unique combination of information/media activism and popular education to provide people the tools they need to understand the world in order to change it”

NACLA logo

Every month, GV and NACLA authors will work together to provide content related to a specific topic. A podcast with interviews, analysis, and additional reporting on the issues analyzed in the posts will be available at the end of the month.

Migrant Journeys

We begin our partnership with the theme “Migrant Journeys.” In July we will be covering a wide range of issues related to migration: from the immigration bill that is currently being discussed in the United States Congress, to the human stories behind migrants’ dangerous trek north through Central America and Mexico.

March 27 2013

Global Voices at OECD Global Forum on Development

OECD Global Forum on Development

Global Voices bloggers have been commissioned to liveblog the OECD Global Forum on Development in Paris on April 4-5, 2013. Leading up to the meeting, our team is submitting posts about development issues that help serve as weekly online discussion topics on their website.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international economic organisation of 34 countries that supports democracy and world trade. The Global Forum on Development is focussed on poverty reduction and social cohesion and attracts a wide range of participants from governments and civil society to help discuss solutions.

Lova Rakotomalala and Julie Owono of Global Voices will be attending and blogging the meeting in Paris in their own personal capacity.

The hashtag for the meeting is #OECDgfd.


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