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 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.
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 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.
Our work and our international community of contributors is proof that human connections across lines of difference can change how people understand the world.
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.
We are seeking candidates with experience working in a multicultural newsroom environment, conceptualizing editorial products, managing a globally distributed team, and fundraising.
Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.
Donations to our organisation help this worldwide community report stories that forge deep connections across cultures, languages and differences of opinion.
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.
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.
When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.
As demonstrations break out against President Trump's executive orders, ordinary people feel their way toward protest.
2017 promises to be a vital year for Global Voices. Some further thoughts on our strategy planning process.
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.
"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 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...
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.
The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.
Global Voices takes to another level the idea that journalism is not only about information but about conversation, says Juanita Leon, Global Voices' newest board member.
If you're reading this on the Global Voices web site, you probably find things look a little different. We're thrilled to unveil the new, improved Global Voices site.