The Amp #5 : Jan 10 – 23

This week we've been in Amman at the fourth annual Arab Bloggers meetup. Follow what we (and other GV'ers and Advox'ers) have been up to on twitter with #AB14 and on the event's blog.



OpenDyslexic: the Font Designed to Make Reading Easier – Recognizing the difficulties dyslexic readers face every day, OpenDyslexic is an open sourced font recently developed 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.

A photograph from the recent workshop with our grantee project Ache djawu in Paraguay

A photograph from the recent workshop with our grantee project Ache djawu in Paraguay

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.

From Sarawahi Voice project.

From the Sarawahi Voices project.

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.

OPPORTUNITIES – Competitions, Funding, Jobs

Student Photojournalists can apply for the Alexia Grants. You are encouraged to consider projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community. Deadline: Jan 27 

The IDFA Bertha Fund is open for documentary makers in developing countries to fund your film. Focused on documentaries tackling controversial issues such as social injustice, freedom of expression, human rights, poverty, economic justice and education. Find out more HERE

Job Opportunity: For the new 3 year programme ‘ Incubators for Creativity and Technology in the Arab region’ (ICTA) Hivos is looking for a Junior Programme Officer. Deadline Jan 27. Find out more HERE


Want to go “into the wild” to discuss digital security? Submit a paper for Re:Publica 14 Conference in Berlin by 1/31. They are looking to reassess the web in the post-Snowden era, dare to explore new avenues and encourage the unpredictability of action 

An opening ceremony for an online center supported by the Pushkin Library. See more on the blog.

An opening ceremony for an online center supported by the Pushkin Library. See more on the blog.

World Pulse is crowd-sourcing a campaign to support women using technology for change. Submit a story about one of the following questions

  • What challenges keep you or women in your community from logging on and participating fully online?
  • How can your local library make it easier for women to use the Internet?
  • What solutions are you creating to make the Internet more accessible to women in your community?
  • What do you do to feel safe in accessing the Internet?

Find out more: 

The conference for the Social Media Week Lagos is coming up – check it out HERE.

Marianna Santos from Chicas Poderosas is running a course in Chile: Project Management of Digital, Interative Narrative Projects (in Spanish). See more here:  via @icfjknight @poderopedia's process for creating infographics's process for creating infographics


Global Voices is starting 2014 with GOOD NEWS, focusing on the positive things happening around the world. Read more about it HERE.

“On average, a language disappears every two weeks, and Africa is the continent most at risk”: how online platforms are working to save Angola's languages Umbundu and Kimbundu

Awesome! Resulting from a GV Meetup in Porto, a Global Voices Portuguese-language podcast has been launched! Read about it HERE [pt]. 


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