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June, 2020

Stories from June, 2020

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Community networks and local access monthly newsletter – number 26

The June 2020 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.

Interview with Alcides Javier Torres Gutt, Guaraní language digital activist

Find more about Alcides Javier Torres Gutt. He will manage the @ActLenguas Twitter account during June 15-21, 2020 and will talk about his work for the Guaraní language.

RV Newsletter: Curating a collection of multilingual COVID-19 resources

The Rising Voices newsletter provides links to opportunities related to digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways for communities to fully participate online.

Interview with Elena Tambriz, K’iche’ language digital activist

Learn more about Elena Tambriz. She is the host of the @ActLenguas Twitter account during June 1-7, 2020 and will speak about her work in support of the K’iche’ language.

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

Who fact checks online disinformation in West Africa’s Bambara language?

Kpénahi Traoré, a language activist and journalist, battles the online dissemination of false information in Bambara, one of West Africa’s most widely spoken minority languages.

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.

RV Newsletter: Apply for the Digital Earth fellowship to explore how to create a “humane digital earth to come”

The Rising Voices newsletter provides links to opportunities related to digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways for communities to fully participate online.

Q&A: Meet Fikri Ansori, Rejang language activist

Please meet Fikri Ansori, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during June 10-16, 2020. He will be sharing his work with the Rejang language, spoken in Indonesia.

Interview with Claudio Hernandez, Mixtec language digital activist

Learn more about Claudio Hernandez. He is the host of the @ActLenguas Twitter account during April 13-19, 2020 and will focus on the Mixtec (Tu’un Savi) language, a variant of...