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Join Us for a #GVMeetup in Tunis on November 1

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We are pleased to announce that a Global Voices meetup is set to take place in Tunis on November 1, 2014 from 9am to 1pm, at 404 Lab an open innovation lab hosted by the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI).

Global Voices Meetups are local and small gatherings designed to help facilitate meaningful connections with our readers, potential authors or translators, and others that have shown an active interest in our work.

During the same period, other Global Voices meetups will also take place in Accra, Beirut, Dar Es Salaam, and Belgrade.

The Tunis gathering is an opportunity for us to introduce the mission and projects of Global Voices to our readers in Tunisia. In the meetup agenda also, a panel on the subject of alternative media in Tunisia and a keynote speech on personal data protection by Chawki Gaddas from the Faculty of Judicial, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis.

You can find the meetup's full agenda here.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the following registration form. The event is open to all but seats are limited.

Here is a map to the event venue.

For more information, please contact: abrouafef [at] riseup [dot] net

Egypt, Palestine, China, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine triumph in The Bobs Awards

The winners of Deutsche Welle's The Bobs 2014 awards have been announced! Online projects from Egypt, Palestine, China, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine were selected as winners by an international jury.

Projects in 14 languages competed for the titles of Best Blog, Best Social Activism, Most Creative & Original and Best Innovation, in addition to People's Choice and two special awards: the Global Media Forum Award and the Reporters without Borders Award. 

The Bobs marks its 10th year of existence this year. Global Voices took the jury award in the Best Weblog in English category in 2005.

Correction to Chosun Newspaper in South Korea

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Screen shot of Chosun newspaper website (4 Feb, 2014)

In an article that lists Global Voices as one of several “non-legitimate”, “foreign media websites” who “spread rumors about South Korea” abroad, South Korean pro-government newspaper Chosun falsely describes our Korean editor Yoo Eun Lee as, “a dark-haired Korean-American blogger, who goes by a last name starting with L”.

Lee's identity is not in the least secret – she's a Korean media professional currently living in the United States (and actually she currently has light brown hair). We stand by her coverage of an election manipulation scandal in South Korea, clampdowns on labor groups, and an increasingly hostile environment for Korean journalists.

Chosun further tries to demonstrate our untrustworthiness by saying that Global Voices misrepresents itself as having an affiliation to Harvard Law School, but that their “own investigation” shows we are “just a blog site”.

Apparently there is an outdated description of Global Voices on a major Korean website (with no connection to us) that describes us as a Harvard Law School project. The truth is that Global Voices was founded in 2005 at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which is indeed housed at Harvard Law School. But today, Global Voices is an independent non-profit organization incorporated in The Netherlands.

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.

Keeping up with the 2013 World Forum for Democracy

The second World Forum for Democracy is currently taking place in Strasbourg, France. The motto of this year conference is “Connecting Institutions and Citizens in the Digital Age”.  Follow the four themes and the 21 workshops of the conference with the hashtag #CoE_WFD

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Logo of the WFD in Strasbourg 2013 Photo Suzanne Lehn

Global Voices Wins Honorary Mention in Prix Ars Electronica

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Prix Ars Electronica, the leading award honoring creativity and innovation in digital media, has chosen Global Voices for Honorary Mention in their Digital Communities category this year. This is the second time Global Voices earns a special mention, after winning a Distinction in the same category in 2008.

The winner is Project Fumbaro in Eastern Japan, a grassroots platform originally set up to cope with human emergencies after Japan's great earthquake in 2011. A number of Global Voices partners and friends are among the distinctions and honorary mentions, including Freemuse, Arseh Sevom, Desarrollando América Latina, and Syria Untold.

Coming Soon! Rising Voices Microgrants for Amazon Communities

Amazon Peru, photo by Pearl Vas  (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon Peru, photo by Pearl Vas (CC BY 2.0)

Rising Voices will be launching a microgrant competition next month for digital citizen media projects in the Amazon region which is home to many indigenous communities. Thanks to Avina Americas, Fundación Avina, and the Skoll Foundation, we'll be offering this support with ongoing mentorship from the Global Voices community.

Read more about the project on Rising Voices and register your interest here.

Citizen media has played an important part in many cultural, political, social and environmental struggles in the region. See some of our past coverage of Amazon communities on the special coverage page: Forest Focus: Amazon.

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.

Hacking Global Voices Special Coverage

How could we make Global Voices complex, ongoing stories more beautiful, accessible and useful? MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media invited a diverse group of technology and storytelling mavens to a full day of hacking, using the example of our recent special coverage of the #Shahbag protests in Bangladesh as a way to explore online storytelling techniques. Ivan Sigal shares learnings from the day. Other notes from Matthew Battles on Metalab and Heather Craig on Center for Civic Media's blog.

Watch Movies for Free in The Dialog of Cultures Film Festival

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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.

 

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