Rising Voices Roundup: July 3 – 17

Here is the second installment in our Rising Voices updates (3rd – 17th of July 2013) of what we've been doing, finding, and publishing online… just in case you've missed something. We hope you find it useful!


Meet the new participants from the Rising Voices grantee project Mapping for Niger and “like” their new Facebook page. They are getting underway with their new citizen media project. We're looking forward to seeing their work from Niamey. Welcome!


More photographs are up online from the 2012 Paraguay micrograntee project Aché Ache djawu/palabra Aché.


“It dawned on me watching a kid play a game called “Uncharted” on the Playstation that gaming, for the most part, is a really “white” experience. They are not seeing their culture reflected in the media they consume.” Ryan Oliver of Pinnguaq, a company which crowd-sourced a translation of a digital game  into indigenous  language. Read more on the RV blog.

We look back at the past year of Xela Civic Libraries, a 2012 Rising Voices grantee. The project took place in three community libraries in rural municipalities in Guatemala, focusing on access to information and  sharing  news, the project helped bring attention to local issues. Read more on the RV blog.

Escuelab in Lima, Peru provides a physical space for a diverse group implement projects together to implement projects for the benefit of society through digital media, with a focus on community support Read more on the RV blog.

Twenty-four journalists, bloggers, activists, software developers, translators, and other members of Morocco's civil society gathered in Rabat for the first training in digital storytelling with the StoryMaker app for Android. Read more on the RV blog. (For an opportunity to work with StoryMaker, scroll down…)

Chicas Poderosas is a new project  to engage more women in the interactive data-based journalism in Latin America, building news content for the whole population, not just 50%. Read more on the RV blog.

Maria Santos, founder of Chicas Poderosas, also wrote us a guest post, explaining what inspired her to begin the project: “we want to empower that pro-active attitude, entrepreneurial spirit… to do more and talk less!” Read more on the RV blog.

The Indigenous Digital Excellences Agenda Summit in Redfern, Australia brought together indigenous thought-leaders from around the country attended to discuss and share ideas around increasing indigenous engagement with digital technologies. Read more on the RV blog.

Meet Projeto Nosotros, a duo exploring Latin America's modern culturescape. While acknowledging the importance of roots and tradition, they take aim at contemporary arts. Through their eyes we see how regional cultures are actively getting involved in a global conversation. Don't even try to resist: this is a trendsetting movement. Read more on the RV blog.


In tools:

New guides to digital copyright and antisurveillance are available from Public Knowledge and the International Federation of Journalists.

Thomson Reuters offers course for journalists on women’s issues with a focus on the developing world; scholarships are available / deadline Oct 2. Read more.

In the news:

The editorial team at Mozambique's @Verdade newspaper is gearing up to report on the country's municipal elections in November. They'll be using Citizen Desk from Sourcefabric, a new toolkit that helps news organizations incorporate citizen journalism into their work online or in print. Read more.

Online resources being used to monitor upcoming Cambodian elections – more info on Global Voices

Check out a debate on how cultural heritage and language can be preserved via ICT? From Educational Technology Debate.

From the Guardian: How Brazilian protesters are using Twitter http://bit.ly/14TIPRm 

In opportunities:

Young innovators ages 18 to 33 from and operating in Latin America and the Caribbean that are implementing a program or project with social impact in their communities can apply for the IDB Youth Social Innovation Program for Development. Deadline July 16. More info: http://ow.ly/mPD6F 

‘Online Certificate Course in Social Media for Social Change’, a four-week program to explore how organizations can leverage digital tools and tactics to support their mission and their message – with a focus on empowering supporters to act as change agents run by Tech Change. Other courses also available. Read more.

The application deadline for the Open Society Fellowship is coming up! Need we say more? Apply! Read more.

Call for Stories: Send your personal story on active nonviolence, celebrate Aug 28th, the 50th anniversary “I have a dream” from Women Peacemaker's ProgramRead more.

The application deadline for the upcoming round of the Fund for Investigative Journalism has been set to Sept 9. Read more about how to apply.

Upcoming event for those in and around New York: the Social Good Summit. Asking: How will the world look in 2030? How will you help shape it? #2030NOW.

The 3rd International Citizen Media Award 2013 for audio and video work. The topic for the award 2013 is: Citizen Media for Democracy and Tolerance – Against Racism and Right – Wing Extremism. Read more.

The CGAP Photo Contest, which aims to highlight stand-out photography from amateurs and professionals around the world depicting financial inclusion, is now accepting entries for 2013. All entries should be submitted online between June 26 and October 2, 2013. Read more.

AND… Free Press Unlimited and Center IbnRochd are looking for a Project Coordinator to help run the StoryMaker project, an open source mobile training project with the aim of helping citizen journalists, traditional journalists, bloggers and activists tell better multimedia stories through their mobile phones. The core of the project is a mobile application called StoryMaker. Find out more about the job- deadline is July 20.


Keep an eye on GV Advox later this week for المواطن الرقمي/Digital Citizen, a report on digital rights and related issues in the Arab world!

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