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These posts are from Rising Voices, a Global Voices project that helps create and develop citizen media in places where people don't normally have access to it.

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‘We have a strange destiny': a conversation with the Livonian poet Valts Ernštreits: Part II

"That's the idea of the series: to tell the Livonian story to the Latvian public, so they would better understand why Livonian is important."

‘We have a strange destiny': a conversation with the Livonian poet Valts Ernštreits: Part I

"There are only a few countries in Europe who have indigenous people, and Latvia is one of them."

WhatsApp is the new tool for Venezuelan feminists during the pandemic

Global Voices interviewed the leads of four projects that aim to help women facing violence during the pandemic.  

India’s Odia language added to Google and Microsoft translation services

Machine translation is a powerful tool to grow a language's digital presence.

Ecuador's indigenous Amazonian peoples launch online COVID-19 tracker

The aim of the COVID-19 online tracker is to understand which communities are in need of aid during the pandemic.

How Balinese communities in Indonesia are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-19 mini-wikithons provide a safe space for people to talk in their native Balinese language about their challenges and coping strategies of the pandemic in Balinese communities."

Indian activists publish the first online magazine in the Santali language

Language activists from the eastern Indian state of Odisha have recently published the very first online magazine in the Santali language.

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the encrypted messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility.

India's digital ID system deepens exclusion of vulnerable communities amid pandemic

The use of Aadhaar-based authentication makes exclusions more likely.

Wikipedia project boosts Taiwan's hundreds-strong Sakizaya-speaking community

Along with six other indigenous languages in Taiwan, Sakizaya is classified as “critically endangered” by UNESCO.

Who fact checks online disinformation in West Africa’s Bambara language?

Kpénahi Traoré, a language activist and journalist, battles the online dissemination of false information in Bambara, one of West Africa’s most widely spoken minority languages.

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.

‘Language revolt': This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa

A language reclamation activist confronts linguistic imperialism and the dehumanisation of two South African first languages through digital inclusion advocacy.

#IdentityMatrix: a Twitter conversation on identity and digital rights in Africa

Activists from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, will lead a social media conversation in their mother tongue on the intersection of languages, ethnicity and digital rights in Africa.

This chief hopes Yorùbá speakers adopt his newly invented ‘talking alphabet’

Writing Yorùbá in Latin script may soon become a thing of the past as one Yorùbá man, Chief Tolúlàṣẹ Ògúntósìn, has invented a writing system to encode the Yorùbá language.

Lost in translation: Why Google Translate often gets Yorùbá — and other languages — wrong

As more tech companies attempt to provide translation and access to multiple languages online, controversies and challenges arise — especially when it comes to accuracy and cultural nuance.

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