The Amp #13: May 10 to May 23

This weeks marks the launch of Global Voices brand new website redesign! This new edition of the site is aimed at improving user experience, for easier navigation and a more modern look. Enjoy!

Global Voices brand new redesigned website.

Global Voices brand new redesigned website.


Creative Commons 101 : Are You Doing it Right? – Are you using your Creative Commons images appropriately? More than 90% of Creative Commons images are not attributed at all! Here is a great infographic to get you up to date.

The Balance Between Speed and Accuracy: Countering Misinformation on Social Media – Checkdesk is a project to verify information drawn from social media. Working with partners around the Arab-speaking world, this open-source platform helps newsrooms check their reports through crowdsourcing.

Telecommunications Recommendations for Rural Areas – an Update from Dizha Kieru – An update from micrograntee Rhizomatica in Mexico, as well as a report from the recent World Telecommunication Development Conference in Dubai including a recommendation to recognize the lack of policies to connect rural and remote populations.

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India: Mapping Street Harassment and Promoting Safe Cities – Safecity crowd-maps sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces in India, providing users the ability to report anonymously in under 2 minutes.

Best of the Blogs Winners Announced – A summary of the winners of Deutsche Welle's annual competition for the best of the world's blogs.


The Bayimba Academy in Uganda hosts a free program that will introduce participants to the latest practical tools, theories and hands-on techniques to produce arts journalism in Kampala. The deadline to apply is June 30. More info HERE

Full-time journalists who have at least two years of experience and work at print, broadcast or online media organizations can apply for a course in London focused on basic reporting and writing skills in August. The foundation also offers fully and partially funded scholarships to journalists from developing countries that are in political transition. Deadline to apply is June 2. More info HERE


Journalists can apply for funding to attend a 3-day Global Security Seminar in London, touching on the world's most pressing security and terrorism issues. Participants from countries with ongoing security challenges are particularly encouraged to apply, including Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. More info HERE

A run-down of mapping basics and tools to try out for journalists based on the experience of Knight project Info Amazonia: 

Getting a Grasp on Laws Governing Online Speech in Arab Countries 

NetHawwal is an online learning platform that helps people of all ages develop the skills they need to take advantage of digital and social media to create change. Savvy Strategist helps activists to map the course from concept to campaign with best practices. Join the updated version – in Arabic. A SMEX initiative. More info HERE and sign up HERE 

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition encourages young entrepreneurs who aspire to create positive change in their communities. Winners will be invited to the the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin in October 2014. More info HERE


Now open: the Data for Life prize, which will make 2 awards of $50,000 to help identify best approaches to reducing child mortality through data. More info HERE

Call for entries: the WASH media awards for journalists working on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues. Apply by 15 June. More info HERE

Project Inspire is open for young people to make a 5 minute pitch on how to better the lives of girls and women in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, or Africa – a chance to win a US$25,000 grant. More info HERE

The Samir Kassir Foundation announces the Wajih Ajouz Award for human rights and freedom of speech. More info HERE (in Arabic)

Journalists in Brazil, China, India and Russia have a chance to win a trip to the United States and cash prizes as part of four regional competitions to recognize the best media coverage of maternal and child health. Apply by 26 May. More info HERE

African professional journalists are invited to enter story for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2014. Each entry must have been first published or broadcast in African media in 2013. More info HERE

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations invites young people under the age of 25 to submit original 5-minute videos on migration, diversity and social inclusion. Three winning videos will receive $1000 and the makers will be invited to New York City to attend an award ceremony. Deadline is June 27. More info HERE

Filmmakers and documentarians from the Arab world whose feature-length projects were produced in the last five years can submit their work to a festival in Barcelona which aims to combat negative perceptions about the Arab world and build bridges among the Mediterranean community of nations. More info HERE

BBC Arabic's new film and doc festival Aan Korb is open for submissions including feature and short films, documentaries and investigative and citizen journalism, created about the Arab world since the start of the uprisings in December 2010. Deadline extended to 28 May. More info HERE

AFKInsider is hosting a blogging competition where the best blogger every month will be asked to write a paid weekly story for AFKInsider the next month. They are looking for creative African Business bloggers who write and are interested in technology, agriculture, entrepreneurship, real estate, entertainment, politics, mining and other general news that cover the continent. More info HERE


Students and their teachers around the world are invited to register in the School Enterprise Challenge, helping students to become the business leaders of the future, increase their employability and support their university and college applications – and to start generating income for your school. More info HERE

Journalism Grants funding program is open – aiming to advance creative reporting approaches, thus enabling a better coverage of international development issues and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting. Deadline is 23 July. More info HERE

Brazilians or foreigners residing in Brazil can submit their photography projects to compete for a grant. Application deadline is 23 June. More info HERE.

The Cities Alliance – a a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development – has launched the Catalytic Fund Call for Proposals 2014 with the aim to increase spatial, social and economic inclusion. Produce new ways to collect data and initiate engagement between decision makers and communities. Deadline 30 June. More info HERE

The Start-Up Chile programme is now ready to select, fund and host a new round of start-ups to develop global business ideas in Chile: US$40,000 of equity-free seed capital, and a temporary 1-year visa to develop your project for six months More info HERE


Citizen Empowerment: New Technology Gives a Voice to the Voiceless

Indigenous Bolivians translate Facebook into native language

‘Wiring the Amazon’ - short documentary chronicling a remote Peruvian village's complicated path to getting connected to the outside world.

Don’t Diss Cheap Smartphones. They’re About to Change Everything

Technology aids voter registration in Malawi

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