Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Global Voices Online

I got this link in my Yahoo! Daily Links. It seems like an interesting group of conversations. Adds one more layer to the whole blogging phenomenon.

Global Voices Online

From their About page:

Global Voices Online is a non-profit global citizens’ media project, sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School.

Our primary goals:

1) To call attention to the most interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens’ media around the world by linking to text, audio, and video blogs and other forms of grassroots citizens’ media being produced by people around the world.

2) To 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.

3) To advocate for freedom of expression around the world and to protect the rights of citizen journalists to report on events and opinions without fear of censorship or persecution.

At a time when the 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’re using a wide variety of technologies - weblogs, wikis, podcasts, tags, aggregators and online chats - to call attention to conversations and points of view that we hope will help shed new light on the nature of our inter-connected world.

The idea for the project grew out of an international bloggers’ meeting held at Harvard in December 2004. (Here is a written account of the meeting. To listen to an audio report, click here.) Global Voices, though headquartered at Harvard Law School, is a cooperative effort of contributors from every continent and dozens of countries.

For more detailed information please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you’re a blogger and want to get involved, please click here.

If you’re a journalist and want more information, please click here.

[Cross-posted from The Progressive Right]

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