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Ivan Sigal

I'm Global Voices’ executive director, since the middle of 2008. Prior to working with GV, I spent 10 years working in media development in the former Soviet Union and Asia, supporting and training journalists and working on media co-productions. I'm also a photographer, and have worked and traveled in 80 countries. In 2012 I published White Road, a chronicle of travel in Central Asia. I'm currently also a Fellow in Digital Studies at the U.S. Library of Congress, and a former fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where I studied digital storytelling and online communities. My personal website is ivansigal.net, and I speak Russian, manage in German, have forgotten Slovak and Czech, and can make it home in Thai.

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Latest posts by Ivan Sigal

5 April 2018

Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality

RuNet Echo

Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.

22 December 2017

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.

16 August 2017

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.

16 June 2017

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.

17 March 2017

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

The Bridge

When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.

31 January 2017

Notes From the Eye of the Crowd

The Bridge

As demonstrations break out against President Trump's executive orders, ordinary people feel their way toward protest.

13 January 2017

A Year of Living Strategically

The Bridge

2017 promises to be a vital year for Global Voices. Some further thoughts on our strategy planning process.

27 December 2016

Syria's War May be the Most Documented Ever—And Yet We Know So Little.

The Bridge

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.

16 August 2016

The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand

The Bridge

"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."

30 May 2016

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...

17 May 2016

The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine

The Bridge

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.

3 December 2014

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law

AdvoxThe Bridge

The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.

22 July 2014

Global Voices Welcomes Juanita Leon to Board of Directors

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.

22 May 2014

We’re Excited About Our New Design—Hope You Are Too

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.

26 December 2013

Indonesia's Haunting Tsunami Memorials Foreshadow Our Future

The Bridge

On the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Ivan Sigal visits memorials of the disaster in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, and finds prophesies of our future.

22 October 2013

The Crowd in the Machine

The Bridge

How we create images of crowds affects our understanding of them.

4 September 2013

Internet Entrepreneur Mohamed Nanabhay Joins Global Voices Board

"Global Voices is the first stop for anyone who wants to understand the issues affecting different societies from within," says Internet entrepreneur Mohamed Nanabhay, Global Voices' newest board member.

2 July 2013

Light Weapons: Moving Pictures From Syria

Two compilations of video shot by Syrian citizens of the ongoing conflict. These videos highlight details and moments of life during wartime, showing sensations, sounds, and stories as well as...

16 January 2013

Wikimedia's Sue Gardner Joins Global Voices Board

  Global Voices is very pleased to announce that Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, has joined the board of Global Voices. Sue brings to Global Voices a...

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