Global Voices is a community of more than 200
bloggers around the world who work together to bring you translations and
reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that
are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.
Global Voices seeks to aggregate,
curate, and amplify the global conversation online - shining light on places and
people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and
relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be
Millions of people are blogging,
podcasting, and uploading photos, videos, and information across the globe, but
unless you know where to look, it can be difficult to find respected and
credible voices. Our international team of volunteer authors and part-time
editors are active participants in the blogospheres they write about on Global
Global Voices is incorporated in the
Netherlands as Stichting Global Voices, a nonprofit foundation. We do not have
an office, but work as a virtual community across multiple time zones, meeting
in person only when the opportunity arises (usually during our Summits). We rely
on grants, sponsorships, editorial commissions, and donations to cover our
Global Voices is translated into more
than 15 languages by volunteer translators, who have formed the Lingua project.
Additionally, Global Voices has an Advocacy website and network to help people
speak out online in places where their voices are censored. We also have an
outreach project called Rising Voices to help marginalized communities use
citizen media to be heard, with an emphasis on the developing world.
Global Voices was founded in 2005 by
former CNN Beijing and Tokyo Bureau Chief, Rebecca MacKinnon and technologist
and Africa expert, Ethan Zuckerman while they were both fellows at the Berkman
Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. The idea for the project
grew out of an international bloggers' meeting held at Harvard in December 2004
and it began as a simple blog. (Here's a written report and podcast of that
Global Voices quickly expanded thanks
to patronage of the Berkman Center, support from Reuters, the MacArthur
Foundation, and the energy and creativity of our contributors.
Our Primary Goals
At a time when international
English-language media ignores many things that are important to large numbers
of the world's citizens, Global Voices aims to redress some of the inequities in
media attention by leveraging the power of citizens' media.
We wish to:
- Call attention to the most
interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens' media around
the world by linking to text, photos, podcasts, video and other forms of
grassroots citizens' media.
- Facilitate the emergence of new
citizens' voices through training, online tutorials, and publicizing the ways in
which open-source and free tools can be used safely by people around the world
to express themselves.
- Advocate for freedom of expression
around the world and protect the rights of citizen journalists to report on
events and opinions without fear of censorship or
NOTE: The above information
is from the Global Voices