Where else can you go to find out who are the most interesting bloggers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and discover what they're talking about?
It has now been four years since Ethan Zuckerman and I organized a meeting of bloggers from around the world. The blog we set up for the conference participants morphed over time into today's Global Voices. (For some articles about GV written at various points click here, here and here.)
This four-year effort to curate, contextualize, and translate the global online conversation is now a non-profit organization which depends for its survival on your support. Please click here to help.
In addition to the main site we also have an Advocacy project to support bloggers' right of free speech. An outreach project called Rising Voices supports the growth of online citizen media in places where little exists. There is also Lingua, GV's rapidly-expanding translation community. Click here for Ethan's recent blog post about Chris Salzberg's research on our volunteer translation community. All of this evolved organically thanks to the initiative of our many volunteers who saw "gaps" not being filled by other organizations, and who wanted to help fill them. None of their work would be possible without the support of many generous organizations.
In order to support the continued work of our amazing Global Voices team of editors, online organizers, curators, and translators, we would appreciate your generosity as well. Just click on the cute badge at left.
At a time when traditional news organizations are making drastic staff cutbacks, projects like Global Voices - which help you keep abreast of events around the world via citizen media - are all the more important.
For more thoughts about the evolving relationship betwen citizen media and the decline of international news, see Ethan's excellent chapter in the recently published Media Re:Public report which appraises the current state of digital news media.