30 October 2012
The Library Rija'tzuul Na'ooj in San Juan la Laguna, Guatemala has been promoting activities that encourage the use of the Tz'utujil language by the local community. The library's director Israel Quic has built upon these activities, and added a complementary focus on the web, through blogs and social media in order to encourage more speakers of this Mayan language to revitalize its written use.
22 October 2012
Global Voices seeks to hire a Rising Voices Editor to produce and manage its online content flow related to citizen media development and outreach in global underrepresented communities. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV by November 5, 2012.
15 October 2012
Facebook has stated that it wants to be "available in every language across the world." However, it is no longer accepting new languages as part of its translation project. Continuing the work of late language activist Neskie Manuel, Indigenous Tweets has developed an overlay script allowing for the use of Facebook in many more indigenous or endangered languages.
13 September 2012
A number of new blogs focusing on the arts, transparency, and everyday life have been created as a result of the Citizen Media and Free Culture workshops that took place in Maputo, Mozambique in July 2012. This is a summary of the blogging topics covered, as well as the reflections on the participants who are eager to continue to learn more.
5 September 2012
With the aim to encourage socially committed citizens to make better use of citizen media in the contemporary era through more conscious, critical, and independent ways, Global Voices' Mozambican partner@Verdade newspaper organized the “Citizen Media and Free Culture” workshop, as a way to trigger the construction of a freer, more united, and more participatory media culture.
4 September 2012
The LibreBus (FreeBus) ConoSur is currently making its way across the countries of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay making stops giving talks and workshops about the importance of freedom of expression, free software, the sharing of content, and open-education resources.
3 September 2012
At the recent Global Voices Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya in early July 2012, Rising Voices held a competition to provide travel scholarships to five microgrant applicants from Kenya and Uganda, who were unable to fund. This was an excellent opportunity to further engage these members of our community. Meet them and learn about their work.
30 August 2012
A recently study showed that 63% of African translators believed greater access to translated information could have saved the life of a friend or family member. Translators Without Borders has been working to amplify essential health-related content into minority languages around the world. Rising Voices recently spoke with its co-founder Lori Thicke to learn about some of their recent projects.
28 August 2012
Continuing the series of posts about Global Voices' visit to our partner organization Map Mathare, Liana Aghajanian and Christian Bwaya, write about some of the challenges and solutions for proper sewage and sanitation in the Mathare slum in Nairobi,
27 August 2012
Only approximately 2.5-10% of El Salvador's population is of indigenous descent. The Pipil or Nahuat language is critically endangered with only about 200 speakers remaining. A language activist named Carlos Cortez is working to create a video library to help develop a new generation of young speakers to build a bridge with the older group of speakers so that they can become "the successor generation."