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L. Finch

Hey there! I'm Lauren, but I also go by L. Finch or simply L. Among other things, I work to make sure that every one of Global Voices’ unique stories is easy to read and thought-provoking, no matter where in the world you come from. I'm a journalist and translator with a passion for the Spanish language. In fact, I originally joined the GV community in 2011 as a volunteer translator. In the past, I worked as the Spain regional director for Vocativ and as a metro correspondent for The Boston Globe before that. Though Madrid is now home, I'm originally from the U.S. Midwest and still have the accent to prove it. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @laurenlfinch and ask me about the proper pronunciation of the word “bag.”

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Latest posts by L. Finch

29 June 2012

Spain: Miners on Strike Bring Struggle to the Net

Spanish miners, on strike to protest cuts to their sector, have used social media to further their cause. Take a look at how some of the workers are taking their...

1 June 2012

Mexico: #YoSoy132 Youth Movement Generates Debate

The supposed non-partisanship of the far-reaching youth movement #YoSoy132 has prompted questions and opinions on social networking sites. With a month left before the Mexican elections, take a look at...

12 May 2012

Argentina: Lawmakers Approve Gender Identity Law

Argentina approved a gender identity law, which allows changes of sex and name without going to court. Once word spread of the law's passage, users across the social networking spectrum...

16 April 2012

Mexico: Children in Viral Video Shake Up Presidential Campaign

A video showing everyday examples of corruption, violence, and other scenes acted by children, has sparked mixed reactions in Mexico. The message of the video is that the country has...

7 March 2012

Latin America: Victims of Faulty Breast Implants Take to the Internet

Many woman have come together on social media websites to air their opinions and share information about the problems associated with the PIP breast implants, including arranging for legal action....

24 February 2012

Puerto Rico: Blogosphere Denounces Proposed Cybergag

The Puerto Rican blogosphere reacted to a measure undertaken by the mayor of the city of Mayagüez, José Guillermo Rodríguez, that would have been used to investigate and prosecute people...

21 February 2012

Peru: New Racism Incident Ignites Debate on Social Networks

A movie theater in Lima became the scene of a case that public opinion quickly deemed another example of the ongoing problem of racism in Peru: a 13-year-old boy uttered...

17 February 2012

Peru: The Capture of Comrade Artemio

On February 9, the leader of the terrorist group Shining Path, Comrade Artemio, was captured. Artemio has been a wanted man for some time, being one of the last bosses...

14 February 2012

Mexico Prepares to Elect a New President

As personalities and political parties in Mexico prepare for the presidential election this year, various bloggers and Twitter users are analyzing its implications while others are seemingly more interested in...

31 January 2012

Spanish-Speaking Twittersphere Fumes Over Announcement

Twitter's announcement that it will restrict certain user content according to the laws of individual countries immediately caused a negative reaction in the Spanish-speaking Twittersphere. Twitter users widely employed the...

21 January 2012

A Guide to Crowdsourcing in Latin America

Crowdsourcing allows anyone with an Internet connection to generate useful content for the masses. In Latin America, numerous crowdsourcing projects have arisen that respond to the needs and emergencies that...

30 November 2011

Peru: Conga Mining Project Suspended in Wake of Public Pressure

Protesting residents have managed to temporarily suspend operations of the Conga gold mining project, but protests continue all the same in support of the project's definitive cancellation. At the heart...

29 November 2011

Latin America: A Conversation with Carolina Botero about Intellectual Property

Juan Arellano chats with Carolina Botero, one of the Latin American representatives of Creative Commons, about intellectual property in the region, how indigenous communities can make use of it, and...

2 October 2011

Puerto Rico: Imaginaires and Creativity on the Move

It hasn't been long since the exhibition Carry On: Puerto Rico Inspected opened in Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Through the concept of portability both the...

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