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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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Stories about Rising Voices from May, 2017

‘Untranslatable’ Blog Shines a Light on the Unique Vocabulary of Small Languages

Do you know what "vakasteglok" in the Mwotlap language means? How about "kwadi" in the Hunsrik language?

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

A Wikipedia Made for—and by—the Atikamekw First Nation in Canada

An ongoing project, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, is working with the Atikamekw community to develop Wikipedia content in their own language.

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

Diaspora* and Other Free Software Are Available in the Occitan Language, Thanks to Volunteer Translators

"I don’t like when people decide that one language has more value than another. In my opinion, every language is as equal as the next."

Among First Nations Youth, Hip-Hop Is a Tool for Self-Expression and Cultural Preservation

"This is the day you’ll hear our scream / cause we lost our way in life as youth / but I believe that one day we will rise."

How a Rural South African Village's DIY Telco Lowered Its Communication Costs

"Of course all of this is not about the internet itself, it is about the collaboration, the skills, the social needs, the building something together."

With an Eye on the Future, First Nations in Canada Are Switching From Audio Cassettes to Digital

With a helping hand from the Indigitization project, First Nations communities in British Columbia are digitally preserving the rich cultural content contained in audio cassettes.

Wikimujeres Wants More Women Editors to Fix Wikipedia's Gender Imbalance

"We are group of Wikipedia users concerned about the diversity and neutrality of Wikipedia and we are willing to work to reduce...the gender and culture gap..."

Life as a Vod, Russia’s Disappearing Ethnic Group

Made up of just a few dozen people, the world’s largest community of Vods lives outside St. Petersburg. Victoria Vziatysheva recently spoke to some of the Vods’ last living descendants.

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