Global Voices responds and adapts to the creativity and innovation of its community. We have experimented in the development of a number of projects, several which have grown into successful websites of their own with distinct communities.
Global Voices Advocacy seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online. By collaborating with software developers, activists, and bloggers, the network hopes to design new and more appropriate tools to protect our rights on the Internet.
Launched in May 2007 thanks to the support of a Knight News Challenge Award, Rising Voices seeks to empower under-represented communities to make their voices heard online by providing micro-grants to new projects; developing a series of participatory media tutorials; and cultivating a network of passionate citizen media activists. Eddie Avila is the Director.
Inspired by a workshop on Global Voices and language our Summit in Delhi in 2006, India, a group of francophone bloggers started Global Voices in French inspired by Portnoy's pioneering Global Voices in Chinese. Nearly 500 active volunteer translators form the global Lingua community, making Global Voices available in more than 35 languages on as many independent websites. Visit Lingua!
RuNet Echo is a project of Global Voices, funded by the Open Society Institute. The project’s main purpose is to expand and deepen understanding of the Russian Internet (RuNet) and related online communities. Our goal is to become a leading source of objective, comprehensive and valuable information on the Russian Internet. Visit RuNet Echo!
The Global Voices archive is an important historical treasure that deserves broader dissemination. Global Voices Books assembles and produces electronic books, dossier and topic publications in a variety of formats under a Creative Content license. Bernardo Parrella leads the project, which was a winner of the Global Voices Innovation Awards in 2012.
The Technology for Transparency Network is a participatory research and mapping project to gain a better understanding of the current state of online technology projects that increase transparency, government accountability, and civic engagement in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, and Central & Eastern Europe. The project is co-funded by Open Society Institute's Information Program and Omidyar Network's Media, Markets & Transparency initiative, and aims to inform both programs’ future investments toward transparency, accountability, and civic engagement technology projects.
During the United States presidential election of 2008 Global Voices was commissioned by Reuters to create a website, Voices without Votes, to tracked global online conversation about US politics and foreign policy. Amira al Hussaini was editor of the website, and Global Voices authors and editors all contributed in the 8 months leading up to Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009.
From 2006-2007, Global Voices and human rights video organization WITNESS collaborated on a pilot project to monitor human rights citizen videos from around the world. The effort was led by Sameer Padania, and won Best New Media Project at the One World Media Awards in 2007. WITNESS developed The Hub as central part of their own website in 2008, launching a community forum where people can upload human rights videos themselves.
Visit The Witness Hub.