The last details are being put together for the Global Voices annual summit being held in Delhi on Saturday 16 December. But the physical location shouldn't make a difference – please join us online from wherever you are! You can join via Internet Relay Chat (IRC). The IRC address is irc.freenode.net/#globalvoices and there are instructions about how to join an IRC chat-room here. Alternatively you can just click on our browser-based web chat link. All the day's events will be available to listen to live via streaming audio, and the link to that will be posted nearer the time.
We are building up a number of linked resource pages about the summit on the Global Voices wiki which will be available from this central page. It will include feeds of material written about the summit as long as it has been tagged with the summit tag: gvdelhi2006. Please, if you blog / write / take pictures / record audio or video or otherwise generate content about the summit don't forget to tag it so your views will be more easily found and more widely distributed.
So what exactly are we going to discuss? The major themes this year are activism and outreach: we want to look at the best ways of bringing more voices into the global conversation and explore new and better ways to amplify them. The packed programme is laid out below. (Please note that all times are local Delhi times (UTC +5 hours 30 mins). There's a useful form where you can enter the time in Delhi, click the button and it gives you the corresponding time in a large number of other locations around the world.)
9.00 – 10.00 – Overview
GV's work so far – a review of the year and a look at moves being made to take us ahead.
10.00 – 10.10 – very quick coffee
10.10 – 12.00 – Outreach
In this session we will explore ways of expanding blogging and online/mobile citizens’ media from being an activity of the elites to include the voices of the less privileged and rural communities. We'll start by looking at the situation in India and move on to compare it with outreach efforts in other regions.
12.00 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 3.00 – Language and Translation
Even if you have access to the internet and blogging tools one major factor that limits global conversations are language barriers. We shall look at what could be the best way to translate back and forth so that people writing/speaking in one language can be read and heard by speakers of other languages. We'll look at what has worked so far, what hasn't, and explore ideas for future action to promote more communication across language groups.
3.00 – 4.30 – Tools and Tech
In many parts of the world the desktop computer is not the main way of accessing the internet. So what technologies and tools are most suited to bringing a more diverse range of people – ethnically, linguistically, economically and geographically – into the citizens’ media community? And also what tools are needed for people who want to speak but whose governments try to prevent them from doing so?
4.30 – 5.30 – Wrap-up
A summary of the day
So that's the plan. Make a note in your diary and check out the local timings of the sessions you're interested in – we really look forward to meeting as many people as can make it, both online and in the room.