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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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.
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!
— Joan Antoni Guerrero (@joanantoni70) September 28, 2013
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.
Lingua project Global Voices in Malagasy has just published its 5,000th post. The project was started on September 12, 2007 and was one of the first African lingua project. There are currently 16 active Malagasy translators, among them is one of the youngest Global Voices translator, 16-year-old Radifera Felana Candy.
Our partners and friends at Rue89 [fr] won the Online News Association (ONA) prize for “General Excellence, Non-English” in San Francisco last weekend. Pierre Haski, co-founder, tells of the adventure [fr] that is Rue89. Launched in May 2007, it became a great success based on the concept of “Information from 3 Voices”. Global Voices, a partner of Rue89 since 2009, would like to sincerely congratulate the entire team. We are very proud of them for receiving this award.
A new website that connects people in one-to-one exchanges about global culture, streams headlines from Global Voices in their news section as conversation starters. Härnu encourages people in different countries to ask and answer questions about foreign cultures.
Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa newsroom has been named a finalist for the Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards 2012 rewarding innovative use of information technology in journalism that serves Africa. The winners will be announced at the Highway Africa conference in Grahamstown, South Africa on 9- 11 September.
Global Voices in Bulgarian was lauded by the Bulgarian section of the Association of European Journalists as the April 2012 winners of “Excellence in Citizen Journalism” for bringing unheard international news to Bulgaria, and proving that citizen journalism also exists at a highly professional level. The announcement (in Bulgarian) was made on World Press Freedom Day, on May 3.
Enough is Enough(EIE) together with other partners wish to expound on the rising profile of new media and governance in Nigeria in a conference slated for 14-15 May, 2012 in Abuja, Nigeria. “New Media and Governance: Tools and Trends”. The aim of this intellectual gathering of “government policy makers, civil society, academic institutions, private sector and youth” is to analyse “the use of new media for improved governance, accountability and civic engagement.”
Thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers, Global Voices special coverage of “Europe in Crisis” has been named a national winner for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize. The final winners for all of Europe will be announced in Aachen, Germany in May 2012. The award aims to encourage a European consciousness among young people.
Algerian blogger Maamar Ameur, an organiser of the annual Arabisk competition to select the best Arabic blogs, announced the launch of the competition. This is the third year the event is held. To submit your blog, click here. You can also follow the competition on Twitter and read a full announcement here [Ar].
Global Voices Caucasus Regional Editor Onnik Krikorian will take part in a panel at a public conference, Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict, at the U.S. Institute of Peace on 8 July. Co-sponsored by the George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, the conference will also involve other Global Voices representatives, including co-founder Ethan Zuckerman, as well as representatives from the U.S. Institute of Peace, George Washington University, U.S. State Department, Google, Facebook, and others. Global Voices’ coverage of the use of new and social media in the context of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations and the conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh can be found here.
Threatened Voices has received an Honorable Mention in the first Digital Heretics journalism award, established at the upcoming International journalism festival in Perugia, Italy (April 21-25). The project coordinator and GV author Sami Ben Gharbia, will be rewarded with a Kodak Zi8 videocamera during a special event with guest speakers Koro Castellano (editor elMundo.es) and Marco Pancini (Google Italy director). The other Honorable Mentions are The Berlin Project, in.fondo.al.mar, and Omofobia Capitale, while the first place award is a tie between After Jugo – Sarajevo the life of a generation, by Marco Pavan, and ELEVEN Catania, inchiesta collettiva a 11 voci, by the University of Catania. [via Beatrice Borgato].
Arab bloggers from 19 countries will meet in Beirut from December 7 to 12. Check out the event's website for updates on the Social Arab Web: 2nd Arab Bloggers Meeting.
You can register for the annual Digital Citizen Indaba taking place next month in South Africa: “It is now possible to register for DCI 4.0 from the Highway Africa website as DCI is a Highway Africa project.”
Benninese blogger Blaise Aplogan writes about the upcoming festival of Voodoo, set to take place in Paris this week, and the ongoing Voodoo debate (Fr): “More and more, prophetic religions, notably Christianity, are investing in a dialogue with traditional African religions…[and] traditional African religious leaders are asking themselves what meaning to give to democracy, scientific and technological reason, [and Christianity]…”
Tunisian blogger Sami Ben Gharbia on the Global Voices summit recently held in Delhi, India (Fr): “A will to build a francophone version of Global Voices and to spread the Global Voices China experiment was expressed. The first objective consists in translating in French what is written in English on GV … That initiative, approved by the two co-founders of GV, Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca McKinnon was proposed by Alice Backer, Jennifer Brea and myself. We hope to have an independent space soon, something along the lines of francophonie.globalvoices.org …”
It's going to be a busy Friday in Mexico City, writes Ana Maria Salazar: “once again the marches and protest will take over the City, in addition to being “Quincena”, Friday, and Halloween. Expect “TRAFICO HORRIBLE” and take the necessary precautions. (Use the John before you head out, take a snack and a bottle of water, you may be in the car for hours…)”
Mshairi announces the 1st Carnival of African Women, which will be held in cyberspace on Monday October 9th, 2006: “To participate in the premier Carnival, we are asking contributors to write a piece on Blogging and Identity and publish it on their blogs. Please feel free to interpret the topic as broadly as you wish – long, short, a poem, a piece of prose or photos.”
From Big Brother Africa to Survivor Africa young men and women across the continent are making their way up, ascending the ladder of fame. And this time out as many as twelve were called. But only one will be chosen, to take home the star prize of US$100, 000. Courtesy of Bella Naija, “Here’s a look at the survivors.”
Lots and lots of news from Mexico. Ana Maria Salazar says that tent cities have already been installed in various parts of Mexico City in support of Lopez Obrador. “These avenues are totally closed off to traffic and became pedestrian walkways. (Needless to say the traffic was chaotic today. I am serious, if you live in Mexico City stay away from these areas, although I have been told that the traffic jams can be felt kilometers away.” Olganza reminds readers (ES) that in November 2000, Obrador signed an edict prohibiting the blockage of any of the city's main arteries. Ceci Connolly links to a Guardian article describing moviemaker Luis Mandoki as “Mexico's Michael Moore.” Goleech says that even Lopez Obrador supporters should not cause chaotic disruptions (ES) in the capital city. Finally, Mark in Mexico keeps us up to date on the teacher's strike in Oaxaca.