The device which provides instant access to broadband data over an extensive satellite network was presented to Global Voices by John Huddle of Thuraya, a leading mobile satellite communications company. Last year at News Xchange, a similar Thuraya device was presented to Sebastian Meyer, the founder of a photojournalism agency in Iraq called Metrography.
Global Voices Managing Editor, Solana Larsen, said, “The bloggers and citizen journalists international news media have come to rely on as sources for reporting in many countries, don't just come out of nowhere. Communities like Global Voices nurture and support new bloggers and digital activists in parts of the world where news is still waiting to happen.”
Thuraya will be sponsoring Global Voices with the device and one year of free connectivity for work in underrepresented communities with little or no internet.
Amy Selwyn, Managing Director of News Xchange says, “We are really delighted to serve as the connector. With Thuraya being a major sponsor of News Xchange, it makes it possible for us to present this equipment to Global Voices in support of global journalism.”