I have been Global Voices’ executive director since 2008. I am also a photographer, media artist and writer known for long-term explorations of societies experiencing conflict and urban change, and collaborative projects with communities to depict their own experiences and control their own media systems. I am the author of White Road, a two-volume monograph about Siberia and Central Asia (Steidl, 2012). My work is collected in the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
I have been a Kluge Fellow in digital studies at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University’s Center for Excellence in Media Practice, and a Fellow at the Logan Nonfiction Program. I was a lecturer and visiting artist at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. I am president of the board of The Engine Room, and was the board chair of the Open Society Foundations’ Documentary Photography Project. For over a decade I was a vice president and regional director for the media development organization Internews. There I worked in dozens of countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Asia on media programs to support communities undergoing conflict, political transition and humanitarian crises, producing television and radio programs, running media education and training courses, and supporting legal advocacy for digital and media rights.
Latest posts by Ivan Sigal
Global Voices seeks a policy advocacy coordinator
We are looking for a committed and talented coordinator for a project to build and advocate for policies that support trustworthy online communities and healthy information ecosystems
New report: Framing China's Belt and Road Initiative
Explore the effectiveness and impact of China's attempts to promote its Belt and Road Initiative through narratives, and read the full report produced by our Civic Media Observatory.
Global Voices seeks a lead for our Lingua project, to manage our translation communities and projects
We are seeking a leader for our Lingua project, to guide our translation teams, ensure that our work appears in many languages and advocate for the multilingual internet.
Nanjala Nyabola joins Global Voices as Advox Director
As director of the Advox project, Nanjala will guide Global Voices' editorial reporting, research, activism and advocacy on freedom of expression and digital rights and technology.
Global Voices seeks a director for our Advox Project, to lead our work on technology and rights
Global Voices is seeking a director for our Advox project, to guide our editorial reporting, research, activism and advocacy on freedom of expression and digital rights and technology.
This Giving Tuesday, Donate to Global Voices
Our work and our international community of contributors is proof that human connections across lines of difference can change how people understand the world.
Global Voices is 15!
As we turn 15, we take a moment to thank our brilliant global community of contributors and our readers and supporters for giving Global Voices the strength and energy to endure.
Government actions in Sri Lanka Easter bombings raise the question: Is social media helping or hurting?
The swift decision to block certain social media platforms suggests that in the eyes of the Sri Lankan government, these services can make an already bad situation worse.
Global Voices is seeking a Managing Editor
We are seeking candidates with experience working in a multicultural newsroom environment, conceptualizing editorial products, managing a globally distributed team, and fundraising.
Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality
Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.
At Global Voices, We’re All Over the Place—Help Us Keep it That Way
Donations to our organisation help this worldwide community report stories that forge deep connections across cultures, languages and differences of opinion.
Register Now for the Global Voices Summit 2017: December 2-3 in Colombo, Sri Lanka!
The GV Summit 2017 is open for registration! Join us in Colombo to discuss the evolving state of the open Internet, online civic movements and rights in the digital age.
Announcing the 2017 Global Voices Summit: Join us in Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 2-3!
This year's Summit will analyze challenges to the open internet, looking at questions of open architecture and conditions for safe and free expression in an environment of increasing threat.
Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?
When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.
Notes From the Eye of the Crowd
As demonstrations break out against President Trump's executive orders, ordinary people feel their way toward protest.
A Year of Living Strategically
2017 promises to be a vital year for Global Voices. Some further thoughts on our strategy planning process.
Syria's War May be the Most Documented Ever—And Yet We Know So Little.
With the end of the devastating siege of eastern Aleppo, the world watches, parses and argues over the meaning of the media messages being shared by those remaining within it.
The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand
"This is a war in which the interplay of informational conflict and physical violence is especially evident, in which disinformation and propaganda muddle motives, deny violence, and seek to confuse."
Global Voices Seeks NewsFrames Project Director
Global Voices seeks a Project Director to manage a new, two-year project with the working title of Global NewsFrames, and to support the Global Voices community to design and run research projects related to this work. This project, funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative, will create a digital toolset and...
The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine
Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.
Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law
The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.