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Global Voices Summit 2010: Countdown to Santiago

Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen.

Those, in case you were wondering, are the 60-plus countries—and counting—that will be represented at this year's Global Voices Citizen Media Summit.

Biblioteca de Santiago, venue for the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010. Photo courtesy Biblioteca de Santiago

In 25 days’ time, on May 6, 2010, over 200 people from the four corners of planet earth will gather at the Bibiloteca de Santiago in Santiago, Chile, for the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010. Moving this number of people across the globe takes some doing, and for us on the planning team, the past few months have been spent figuring out how to get people from cities like Lilongwe, Colombo, Port-au-Prince and Ulan Bator to Santiago, booking hotel rooms, sorting out visa applications, and, most of all, designing and refining the Summit format and program. Then refining it again.

This year's program will include plenary discussions, topic-based breakout groups, open “unconference”-style sessions and hands-on training workshops. Ten-minute showcases of outstanding citizen media projects will be interspersed throughout the event. We'll be facilitating online, real-time participation and will be capturing, translating, and publishing the knowledge and conversations coming out of the meeting as part of the process.

We're also excited about the announcement of the results of the inaugural Google/Global Voices Breaking Borders Award, which will take place on the evening of the first Summit day on May 6. The award recognises exceptional online initiatives promoting freedom of expression, and the winners will be flown to Santiago to attend both the Summit and the awards ceremony.

If you'd like to join us in Santiago, we've still got room. You can register via the Summit web site, which is also available in Spanish. The registration fee is $75, which covers attendance at the two days of the event, with a special fee of US$40 (CPL$22,500) for Chilean residents.

If you'd like to join us, but can't, we'll be streaming portions of the program live on May 6-7. Also check out blog posts by the Global Voices community and our speakers at the Summit web site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

More news about the Summit very soon!

The Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2010 is made possible by Google, MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Institute, Knight Foundation, Hivos, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Yahoo, with support from Fundacion Ciudadano Inteligente and the Observatorio de Comunicaciones Digitales.

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