Stories from September, 2013
The most recent Rising Voices Roundup (new name coming soon!) listing the resources, articles, and opportunities we've found in the past two weeks...
A group of citizens have set out to map the 27,000 people reported missing as a result of Mexico's "drug war". So far 6,890 cases have been mapped since the project was launched in July 2013.
What would you identify as your local monument? Wikimedia Commons' annual photo competition WikiLovesMonuments has come up with some surprising answers and some incredible pictures, allowing community members to identify and share online what - to them - is really monumental.
Chicas Poderosas, an organization founded by Mariana Santos to inspire innovation in the newsroom via technology, hosted its third event in Bogotá, Colombia from September 11-13. The three-day meetup culminated in a Hackathon led by Mozilla and featured lectures on content creation, data visualization, and much more.
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Iltyem-Iltyem, meaning "signaling with hands" in the Anmatyerr language, is a women-led project collecting hundreds of videos from four Aboriginal communities, documenting sign language which has been used for generations to communicate across distances, when someone else is talking, or in secret.
The Mapping for Niger project is one of this year's micrograntees working with geography students in Niamey, Niger, to map and document public resources with Open Street Map. Despite monsoons, electricity outages, and holidays, the project is excited to be getting off the ground.
The Rising Voices Roundup is out - our biweekly newsletter filled with citizen media news, opportunities, and other resources that can help encourage more voices to join the global conversation.
A town with its own cellular network: Dizha Kieru, one of this year's micrograntees, held a training session about how to best use this new technology, an SMS system allowing radio team members to send out news and text messages directly to inhabitants' phones in the village at no cost.
"Storytelling Through Photography" workshops taught photo documentary skills to local community reporter-activists, illustrating daily life and its difficulties in rural India, a project collaboratively run by Video Volunteers and the Magnum Foundation.
Rising Voices republishes an interview conducted by Transom.org, who spoke with Kara Oehler, co-founder of Zeega, a new form of interactive media, enabling anyone to tell stories by combining media from the cloud, curating, remixing, and sharing it with the world.
Rising Voices asks former US Federal Communications Commissioner to comment on the current state of media access in America, and what its future might look like.
A rural indigenous village in the mountains of Oaxaca teams up with the NGO Rhizomatica to form the first autonomous, community-run cellular network in the world. The project, Dizha Kieru, is one of this year's Rising Voices micrograntees.