Stories from January, 2014
On the Ground, for the People: Nuba Reports
Nuba Reports is an independent news reporting organization in South Kordofan and the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Founder Ryan Boyette talked to Rising Voices about their reporting methods and the state of media in the region.
Life in an Indigenous Paraguay Community
The Aché Djawu / Palabra Aché project uses photography to document daily life and new citizen media projects from an indigenous community in Paraguay.
Connect Uganda, a Rural Library Project for Local Farmers
In rural Uganda, local libraries have installed solar panels to power tablets for internet access, allowing farmers to learn about new crops, farming methods, and changing market prices for their goods.
MENA: Learning about Digital Safety, Online
There is an increasing need for activists to protect their identities, data and network while at the same time pursue their struggle for a free Arab world. The Cyber Arabs Online Academy is a new online platform hoping to help them stay safe.
The Amp #5 : Jan 10 – 23
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OpenDyslexic: the Font Designed to Make Reading Easier
Recognizing the difficulties dyslexic readers face every day, OpenDyslexic is an open sourced font recently developed, helping to make the Internet more accessible to those suffering from this neurological condition.
20 Years of Post-Soviet Reconstruction: Libraries in Kazakhstan
With the fall of the Soviet Union, many of its formerly dependent states gained independence but also experienced a drop in living standards - including the closing of many public services. In Kazakhstan, the Pushkin Library is working to reinstate library programs around the country.
Dueling Encyclopedias: Using Weibo to Boost Wikipedia in China
Finding information online in China may mean using the popular for-profit online encyclopeida Baidu, rather than the open-source Wikipedia. Editor Addis Wang aims to increase awareness in China about Wikipedia (and its knowledge-sharing ethos) using social media with the popular app Weibo.
“News from the Source”: Rising Voices republication on Oximity
Rising Voices has joined Global Voices' partnership with the new news website Oximity, where they: collect news directly from the source, facilitate curation by readers, and distribute news content across the internet.
Bridging the Digital Divide: Mobile and Social Media
Technology experts and activists have for years attempted to bridge the gap between those with access to technology and those without... today, the mobile phone has emerged as a powerful tool for social engagement.
Training Videos by Farmers, for Farmers
Digital Green integrates innovative technology with global development efforts to improve human wellbeing through the use of videos in the community for agricultural and health improvements.
Saharawi Voice: Stories from the Last African Colony
Saharawi Voice is a blog, news website and video hosting platform showcasing first hand testimonies of people living in the Saharawi refugee camps in Northern Africa.
Featured Podcaster: Karma Dupchu
Rising Voices gets to know another new podcaster from our grantee project in Bhutan. Karma Dupchu shares his story about an experience that helped launch his interest in audio stories and how he wants to take full advantage of the opportunity.