Tag: bolivia

by David Sasaki

Seeking greater social inclusion through new communication technologies is a strategy with a long and accomplished history that has persisted through waves of new inventions including the telegraph, radio, television, satellite, and of course, the Internet. Many such projects are highlighted in Alfonso Gumucio’s Making Waves: Stories of Participatory Communication for Social Change, which was […] more »

by David Sasaki

Despite Bolivia’s low internet penetration (among the lowest in Latin America at 4.4% compared to neighboring Chile’s 36.1%, according to El Deber), the citizen media project and Rising Voices grantee Bolivian Voices is determined to spread Web 2.0 well beyond Bolivia’s connected elite. Their latest initiative, Web 2.0 for Everyone, began Friday with a public […] more »

by David Sasaki

In 2007 Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices aimed at bringing under-represented voices from the developing world to the social web, got its feet on the ground thanks to the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It was a year of building community, forging partnerships, and defining the needs […] more »

by David Sasaki

Tellingly, when you search for “barcamps“ on Google, the first location-specific reference is not San Francisco, Boston, or Seattle. No, it’s Bangalore, once known for its large British military station, and today the so-called Silicon Valley of India. BarCamp Bangalore has already held six events over the past couple years, starting in April of 2006. […] more »

by David Sasaki

Rising Voices aims not just to get new communities actively participating in the conversational web, but also to introduce their voices to mainstream media outlets so that, for once, under-represented communities are portrayed by their own residents. While the majority of the ten current Rising Voices outreach projects have been covered by mainstream media organization, […] more »

by David Sasaki

What is the state of the global blogosphere? Where is participatory media growing the fastest? And where, for that matter, are new voices being restricted by state censorship? Is social media actually changing the electoral landscape in emerging democracies like Armenia, Kenya, and Venezuela? Has the promise of an international, barrier-free, multilingual conversation finally become […] more »

by David Sasaki

With this week’s introduction to Iran Inside Out, a video-blogging project led by Shaghayegh Azimi, all ten Rising Voices grantees have now been introduced. Some of the earliest projects, like Nari Jibon in Bangladesh, have been active for nearly a year now. Here is a comprehensive run-through of some of the successes and challenges they […] more »

by David Sasaki

Rising Voices is a new citizen media outreach project of Global Voices, which aims to spread the benefits of citizen media to regions, languages, and communities that are currently underrepresented on the conversational web. It serves as the third arm of Global Voices’ triad of amplifying independent voices worldwide, advocating for their right to free […] more »