Rising Voices Roundup: 19 June – 3 July

At Rising Voices we’ve decided to start creating a regular update about what we’ve been doing, publishing, and finding online. If you’ve missed what we’ve posted or want to take a look at some of our highlighted opportunities, take a look at this post and follow the links.


We’re in Morocco this week for the Storymaker training workshops. Storymaker is a tool for journalists to create their own news reports using their Android phone, as safely and securely as possible. See how the app works in a video tutorial created by Small World News.


Curious to know about Levantine and Palestinian Food? Bait al Karama runs cooking classes at a local women's centre, functioning as a social enterprise and with the aim of promoting Palestinian culinary and artistic heritage. Read more on the RV blog.

Activista is a global youth network, campaigning globally to mobilize around many issues including tax justice and safe cities, using creative global campaigns to mobilize young people around issues like tax justice, land grabbing and making cities safer. This profile was republished from the Engine Room. Read more on the RV blog.

In Ethiopia, iceaddis is using space to build up the country's “technological ecosystem” alongside a Social Mentorship program for young women. The space allows the women to meet up but also to become involved with new technologies, bridging the gender gap and building the next generation of innovators. Read more on the RV blog.

“Kenya Ni Jina, Nchi Ni Wewe” – “Kenya’s just a name, you are the country” is the slogan of The Wazi Campaign, a project to create cohesive community by using animated videos of ants, warthogs, and birds to show scenarios of voting and working together. Read more on the RV blog.

Sharing The Dreaming App Screen

Looking to learn a few words of Navajo or to improve your Aymara skills? We’ve published a review of new indigenous language apps from around the world. “Many traditional communities have teamed up with developers to design mobile apps that inspire users to strengthen their native language skills… apps can serve as one tool in a portfolio of language conservation efforts.” Read more on the RV blog.


In Projects and People:

What is the current state of blogging in Burma? Faine Greenwood of Faine Opines gives an update on TechPresident.

The human rights video website Irrepressible Voices has gone live with a beta version of its website. Its goal is to publish videos that disclose human rights abuses and to show videos that raise awareness for this topic. Read more on GV Advox.

Congratulations to Makaia for launching Nodo Ká, a public platform for management, collaboration, and knowledge – more coming soon on this…

Check out chicas poderosas, a Knight Foundation project, to train and send women with tech skills to news organisations in Latin America. More on this soon too…

A new education centre in Brazil opens for professional training for indigenous groups Associação Metareilá do Povo Indigena Paiter Suruí – the indigenous university has partnered with google earth to map deforestation in their region. Read more on Global Voices.

Poderopedia, a winner of the Knight Foundation news challenge, is building a database to map relationships in communities. This will allow people to use data to find out information on relationships between public and private organisations and to keep track of what they are doing… Read more HERE.

The Guardian published an interactive map with comments from Europe’s unemployed youth – share your own story there.

In Tools:

Google Reader just shut down. We’ve found a list of some alternatives that you may want to try to keep up with your RSS feeds, including Digg.

Are you concerned about your privacy online? Are you worried about tracking devices? Tactical Tech has compiled a quick list of tools and platforms to help keep your internet activities secure.

And, here’s an infographic of the definitive photo size guide for all social networks.

A new blogging platform, medium, is in the testing phase… check it out and see what you think…

A list of best practices for online subtitling at Engage Media.

The first Firefox OS phone has just launched in Spain for $3 per month.

Popcorn is Mozilla’s new tool for making interactive video – join a free participatory workshop this Friday July 05 or the Popathon later this month, if you’re in Portugal.

There is also an updated version of Tor available for those of you who use it (Tor is free software to help you stay anonymous online.)

There is also a new p2p social networking site in the works, built off of bittorent : vole.cc

In Events:

In Argentina? Check out the Hacker Media Party 29-31 August in Buenos Aires


The second Indigenous Communication Summit will be in Oaxaca, Mexico, the 7 to 13 of October 2013.

One of RV's former micrograntees, Bait al Karama, is having a dinner party in London to support their efforts to open a restaurant in Nablus, Palestine.


We’re in the process of updating our beginner’s guide to participating with citizen media. It’s coming soon, keep watch for it!

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