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Eduardo Avila

Joined Global Voices in 2005 as a volunteer author writing about Bolivia. From 2007-2010, I was the Latin America and Spanish Language Editors at Global Voices, and now currently lead the Rising Voices initiative. Follow me on Twitter (@barrioflores)

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Latest posts by Eduardo Avila

2 October 2017

Broadcasting the Thrill of the “Gooooooooal” in the Quechua Language

Rising Voices

Football broadcasters in Peru are sharing the play-by-play in the Quechua language during the country's historic run towards a World Cup 2018 berth.

5 July 2017

‘En Mi Idioma’ Allows Colombian Indigenous Communities to Contribute Online Language Lessons

Rising Voices

"...for many years we have been and continue to be an oral-based culture, but as a survival strategy we consider that it is important to build a written code."

The Internet Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Revitalizing Tasmania's Aboriginal Language

Rising Voices

During British colonization of Tasmania which began in the early 1800s, the Aboriginal people living on the island located to the south of Australia’s mainland not only suffered loss of life, but also loss...

22 May 2017

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

Rising Voices

"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."

17 May 2017

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

Rising Voices

"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."

9 May 2017

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

Rising Voices

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.

2 May 2017

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

Rising Voices

"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..."

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

27 March 2017

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

Rising Voices

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

1 February 2017

Nigerian ‘Cultural Evangelist’ Promotes African Languages with Apps and Digital Storytelling

Rising Voices

"Technology offers the best form of creative approach to preserving native languages. It aids the process of documentation, collaboration between language experts, offers a wide array of distribution medium etc."

31 January 2017

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

Rising Voices

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

9 December 2016

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Rising Voices

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

21 October 2016

Ecuador Workshop Connects Digital Activists for the Good of the Kichwa Language On the Internet

Rising Voices

In an effort to bring together digital activists in Ecuador, a recent workshop was held in Otavalo to continue the movement to promote the Kichwa language online.

20 September 2016

Emojis Created for and by Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Rising Voices

Indigenous language digital activists are making culturally diverse emojis available for use in electronic communication as a way to promote their native culture and language.

18 September 2016

Nursery Rhymes Like the Incy Wincy Spider, Animated and Translated Into the Yoruba Language

Rising Voices

A Nigerian mother living in the diaspora is creating online videos of Yoruba-language nursery rhymes for all children to maintain their Yoruba roots.

9 August 2016

Learn About Australian Rules Football, Animal Names and More in the Kaurna Language

Rising Voices

How do you say koala in Australia's Kaurna language? Karuna Warra Pintyanthi's video project teaches viewers that and much more.

21 July 2016

One Children's Song, Translated Into Australia's Many Local Languages

Rising Voices

Australia's children are being invited to translate a song into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for an internet video competition promoting linguistic diversity.

7 June 2016

Come Along on a Canoe Ride Through the Amazon With Young Sarayaku Footballers

Rising Voices

Every week, Sarayaku youth must travel six hours along the Bobonanza River in Ecuadorian Amazon for a football match. Sarayaku fillmaker Eriberto Gualinga takes you along for the ride.

1 April 2016

Two-Day Workshop Strengthens Ties Between Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Peru

Rising Voices

Peruvian digital activists working to promote their native languages online found common ground at a workshop held in the historical city of Cusco, Peru.

30 March 2016

Still No Justice 10 Years After Bolivian Migrants Die in a Sweatshop Fire in Argentina

"Keeping the memory of the tragedy is a tool to fight for the future. We do not forget."

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