Stories about Ideas from December, 2016
The best of Latin American info-activism did not fit into one post, so this will be the first of two articles discussing initiatives that sparked online fire throughout the region.
Like many words in Russian, the 2016 words of the year can be explained but not quite translated.
Global Voices reviews the Latin American stories in 2016 that taught us about fighting back.
"We will make a Christmas tree from your shells and bombs, and light it for peace in our wounded Ghouta."
Macedonia's Pollution Is So Bad That Activists Have Installed ‘Mountain Air Breathing Booths’ in Protest
Other unhappy citizens have resorted to parody. A piece of graffiti recently circulated on Twitter pokes fun a government inaction: "Recommendation: Don't die from cancer!"
Not in Croatia? The Croatia Reads app also offers people outside the country Croatian books free of charge.
"How philosophical, how profound are the doubts that trouble the Latin American minds of our times."
The revelations, compiled by investigative journalism network KRIK, are generating lively debate online and within traditional media.
In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.
An Iranian-American architect has created a brand inspired by cities to create “an awareness of place and leveraging fashion as a messaging tool to create social impact.”
Look to civil society's innovations in 1990s Peru, and activists around the world today could learn some vital lessons in resisting autocracy.
"There are others who haven’t had the chance to bring their stories to an end, but are at this moment still stuck in them. Do not forget them."
A friend donates part of a grant to Global Voices, because "infrastructure, communities and trust take a long time to build—and without support, those gains can all too quickly disappear."
Did you know there are Mexicans named "Christmas Day" or "Yahoo" and that -- to make matters worse -- online bullying violates their privacy?
"Iran’s civil society and student movements remain a ray of hope, and indeed pride, for a nation that continues to struggle for change."
Can people in small groups change the stories that are told in the Venezuelan capital? Civil organizations strongly say 'yes'.
A well-known Peruvian educational outreach blog has listed 70 Spanish-language texts available on cultural and women's struggles.
Students at St. Petersburg's College of Information Technologies have built a new programming language using the "gopnik" vernacular.
"The whole might of the Kyrgyz Nomadic Spirit, the intimate, magical fluid of our mountainous country."
"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”