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Global Voices Online


Global Voices is a borderless, largely volunteer community of more than 800 writers, analysts, online media experts and translators. We curate, verify and translate news and stories from blogs, independent press and social media worldwide. Many of the most important stories today are scattered across the Internet, in blog posts and tweets, and in multiple languages. These are the stories we report on Global Voices—and translate into up to 30 languages, including Bangla, Aymara and Swahili. We do not have a physical office, but work as a virtual community across multiple time zones, often from our homes, cafés or public libraries.

Global Voices is approaching its tenth anniversary this year. We began as a blog managed by only two people in 2005. In 2008 we received a Prix Ars Electronica Distinction based on our impressive global community. Since then we have transformed from a groundbreaking experiment in distributed online reporting to a respected news source with hundreds of writers and translators. Members of our community have been trailblazers of digital activism and leaders in the fight against online censorship. We work together to highlight the world’s most overlooked stories through the voices of local people, and help train new bloggers in communities where there are none. We share our work as openly and freely as possible, and work with countless global media partners to distribute our stories in different languages to as wide an audience as possible. Our online community has not just survived into 2014, we have excelled and continue to push the boundaries for what is possible for an online community that is diverse, dynamic and distributed. The mainstream media have transformed to include the voices of bloggers and citizens on social media in their international reporting, but they still ignore stories that fall outside the mainstream news narrative. Our authors are experts in the areas they write about and every story published on Global Voices is vetted by members of our impressive editorial team. We work to find the most compelling and important stories coming from marginalized and misrepresented communities. We speak out against online censorship and support new ways for people to gain access to the Internet. Our goal is to empower people who value justice, equality and empathy. We value curiosity, honesty and connectedness in the name of understanding and friendship across borders.


Global Voices

Global Voices is a unique and groundbreaking online community of more than 800 people who report, translate and defend free speech rights online.
These are the things we do: Report: Our trusted team of editors and writers reports on 167 countries in our completely virtual newsroom. Translate: Our international team of translators renders our stories into more than 30 languages. Defend: Our Advox project defends online rights and freedoms and fights censorship. Empower: Our Rising Voices project empowers isolated and marginalized communities with tools, skills and support.
Connect: We organize summits for our global contributors and the public to meet face-to-face. Hundreds have met in eight different countries in the past ten years.
Global Voices was founded in 2005 by former CNN Beijing bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon and technologist and Africa expert, Ethan Zuckerman, while they were both fellows at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The idea for the project grew out of an international bloggers’ meeting held at Harvard University in December 2004.
Global Voices is incorporated in the Netherlands as Stichting Global Voices, a nonprofit foundation.