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Global Voices

Global Voices Online is an online citizen media community dedicated to amplifying independent online voices from outside North America and Western Europe. The editorial team consists of one full-time managing editor plus 15 part time positions for bloggers living around the world who, with the help of over 80 volunteer contributors, curate and translate the best blogs and other online citizen media in their countries and regions. GVO is expanding its outreach activities aimed at helping more communities who are generally under-represented in media coverage to get their voices heard through blogging, podcasting, and online sharing of video and images. A new advocacy arm will help people circumvent Internet censorship and maintain information security and anonymity so that they can be more successful at both obtaining information and speaking out.

This project is supported in part by Hivos, Reuters, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

Our Work 37

Jun 10, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Caring for Audiences: Building Communities, Design, and Social Movements

Ivan Sigal, Berkman Fellow

What we call the caring problem for audiences is not a determined fact, but also of building communities, language choices, design, and social media tactics.

Nov 21, 2013

Students Occupy Bulgaria's Future - Friday, November 22, 3PM ET on GV Face

Friday, November 22, 2013, Global Voices presents GVFaces: a Live Hangout with GV correspondents discussing the future of Bulgaria's student protests

Nov 14, 2013

Haiyan Survivors Are Desperately Seeking Water, Food and Aid. How Can We Help?

Friday, November 15, 2013, Global Voices presents GVFaces: a Live Hangout with GV correspondents discussing how to best aid survivors of one of the strongest storms in recorded…

Jun 25, 2013 @ 6:00 PM

REWIRE: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

A book launch with the author, Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the MIT Center for Civic Media

A rousing call to action for those who would be citizens of the world—online and off.

Feb 2, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Rebecca MacKinnon, New America Foundation

In her timely book, Rebecca MacKinnon warns that a convergence of unchecked government actions and unaccountable company practices is threatening the future of democracy and human…

Jun 22, 2011

MIT bound!

Ethan Zuckerman is becoming director of the Center for Civic Media

Huge congratulations to our friend and colleague Ethan Zuckerman on his new gig at the MIT Media Lab! Ethan writes, "So, I got a new job. A really cool new job."

Jan 28, 2011

Egypt Coverage

A number of Berkman projects and collaborators are keeping a close eye on the state of Internet access in Egypt.

Jul 19, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

ICT and Civic Engagement in Nigeria: the 2011 Presidential Election and Beyond

This symposium in Abuja, Nigeria will stimulate discussion of, engagement with, and reflection upon the role and uses of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in…

May 6, 2010

Live Coverage of the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit

Via Global Voices: "After months of planning and one very disruptive earthquake, we are now just hours from getting started....For those of you who will be participating online,…

Jun 16, 2009

Keeping an Eye on Iran's Post-Election Protests

Berkman Center people and projects have been paying close attention to the role of the Internet and cell phones in the post-election protests in Iran.

Jun 2, 2009

Herdict Chinese is live

(updated June 2)

Herdict Web -- Berkman's tool for tracking global web (in)accessibility -- is now available in Mandarin! And, as of June 2, Herdict is seeing a surge in reporting from China...

Jun 2, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

Beyond Objectivity: Global Voices and the Future of Journalism

Lokman Tsui, Berkman Fellow

Drawing on the Global Voices project as an exemplar, Lokman Tsui will argue that we need to move beyond objectivity towards "hospitality" in pursuing the potential of journalism…

May 27, 2009

The Chinese Internet and Civil Society

Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture

The 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference starts today, at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, and a raft of Berkman researchers and…

May 1, 2009

Open Translation Tools 2009

"the polyglot Internet"

Via Open Education News: "Open Translation Tools 2009 will be held from 22 to 24 June, in Amsterdam...The event will be followed by an Open Translation 'Book Sprint' which will…

Apr 8, 2009

Herdict Web gets bigger and smarter...

Herdict Web -- Berkman's tool for tracking global web (in)accessibility -- has now been in the wild for six weeks! and what wild and woolly weeks they have been (YouTube blocked…

Mar 12, 2009

Rising Voices: new projects

This week, Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices Online, announced five innovative new projects, from Ivory Coast, Liberia, China, Mongolia, and Yemen...

Mar 5, 2009

Report release: 2007 Circumvention Landscape Report: Methods, Uses, and Tools

The Berkman Center is pleased to make available its report on techniques and tools for circumventing Internet filtering...

Mar 5, 2009

2007 Circumvention Landscape Report: Methods, Uses, and Tools

A large variety of different projects have developed tools that can be used to circumvent Internet filtering, allowing people in filtered countries access to otherwise filtered…

Mar 3, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

The Tao of the Web: China and the future of the Internet

Rebecca MacKinnon

Most English-language discussions about "the future of the Internet" approach the subject from an Anglo-American and European perspective. But what if you take China - now with…

Feb 25, 2009

Herdict Web

the verdict of the herd

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the official launch of Herdict Web -- a tool that employs the distributed power of the Internet community to provide insight into what…

Jan 7, 2009

Global Voices: Special Coverage from Gaza

Global Voices Online brings us special coverage from Gaza...

Dec 1, 2008

Global Voices: Special Coverage from Thailand and Mumbai

Global Voices Online brings us special coverage from Thailand and Mumbai...

Nov 3, 2008

US presidential campaign & election '08

We've assembled a sampling of recent Internet and politics-related activities and writings from the Berkman community...

Oct 29, 2008

Global Network Initiative launches

Berkman is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Network Initiative, a dynamic effort developed in partnership with leading human rights groups, academics, socially…

Oct 28, 2008 @ 1:30 PM

Rising Voices: Helping the global population join the global conversation

David Sasaki

David Sasaki, Global Voices' director of outreach, will discuss the successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past 18 months of training under-represented communities…

Aug 14, 2008

Chinese blogger Twitters his detention; GV translates

Global Voices reports on citizen reporter Zhou “Zuola” Shuguang's detention and release, all detailed via his Twitter stream...

Jul 31, 2008

China, Internet filtering, and the Olympics

The 2008 Olympics open in Beijing in about a week, and Internet filtering practices in China have again made international headlines as journalists and others experience the so…

Jul 21, 2008

The world of Global Voices, rising

Global Voices Online has announced an Executive Director! In August, Ivan Sigal will take the helm, joining Managing Director Georgia Popplewell and GVO's international team and…

Jul 10, 2008

Iranian parliament moving toward death penalty for blogging on certain topics

From the Citizen Media Law Project... Online free speech has never been well received by the Iranian government, but now Tehran is just one step away from making blogging on…

Jun 27, 2008 @ 9:00 AM

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008

The Media Summit 2008 brought together members of the Global Voices Online citizen media project, and its wider community with a diverse group of bloggers, activists,…

May 6, 2008

Homophily, serendipity, xenophilia

getting smart about birds of a feather

As ROFLCon descended on Cambridge, Fellow Ethan Zuckerman was essaying an argument for why homophily, serendipity, and xenophilia are "useful concepts" for thinking through media…

Apr 25, 2008

Ethan Zuckerman: the history of digital community, in less than 7 minutes

Fasten your time machine seatbelt. As part of the Berkman Center’s ongoing tenth anniversary celebration, Berkman@10, we’re retrieving some classics from our multimedia archive,…

Mar 26, 2008

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2008 slated for June 27-28

From Global Voices' announcement -- currently translated by the GV community into eight languages! Global Voices and Global Voices Advocacy are pleased to announce the Global…

Mar 25, 2008

On Tibet

Protests in Tibet - and the Chinese crackdown and troop build-up in Lhasa and elsewhere - have dominated headlines this week. China's blocking of YouTube and other measures…

Dec 16, 2006 @ 8:04 PM

Global Voices Summit 2006

The Global Voices Summit 2006 posed the questions: How can we use the Internet to build a more democratic, participatory global discourse? How can we create a more inclusive…

Dec 10, 2005 @ 8:16 PM

Global Voices Summit 2005

Global Voices was an opportunity for contributors and community members to take stock of what we’ve done, promote our successes, and brainstorm about what a global citizens’ media…

Mar 29, 2005 @ 12:30 PM

Global Voices Online

Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman

Berkman Luncheon Series: 3/29/05 - Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman on Global Voices

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