RV Newsletter: MozFest 2021 seeks session proposals about a healthier internet

Screenshot from the MozFest “Thank You London” video

Rising Voices note: Our monthly newsletter provides a summary of our recent blog posts about all aspects of digital inclusion including access and adoption of digital tools, as well as different ways and opportunities for communities to fully participate online. Read here for previous editions of this newsletter.

Mozilla wants you to know that they welcome everyone to chip in with session ideas, whether you are an expert in the field or you just happen to share the vision of making the Internet a better place.  So please don’t be shy if you think you have some brilliant ideas that might lead to participatory, accessible, and inclusive sessions as part of the event experience.

Please see here as to how you may prepare a proposal — or more! — as well as what types of sessions they are looking for.  For first-timers, there’s MozFest 101 for your reference.  We are sure that you will learn a great deal while helping pave the way to this upcoming event.

* Sessions proposed this year will take place virtually via an online platform.

Submission due: November 24, 2020 at 09:00 (Europe/Amsterdam)


Before anything else, we’d like to make a shout-out to Luis Flores, a Rising Voices grantee back in 2015, for the recent launch of a book compiled of Tének traditional stories told by their elders.  We are truly honored to be part of the support for this project!

In this issue, we would also like to highlight how Venezuelan women have turned to WhatsApp in supporting one another in the face of growing domestic violence during COVID quarantine as well as how Mexican indigenous artists are defying labels and stereotypes through their works.

Last but not least, we are happy to share recent contributions made by two of our great teams:

  • The Global Voices in Spanish team teamed up with Rising Voices to translate the First Peoples’ Cultural Council's resource “Check Before You Tech,” a free guide for Indigenous communities on how to choose digital technologies in supporting their language revitalization efforts.
  • The Global Voices in Aymara team recently made digital security resources available in text, video, audio, and illustrations for members of their own community through partnership and collaboration with regional organizations.


Working on documentary projects and in need of some financial support to bring them into reality?  The application for several categories of the IDFA Bertha Fund is closing soon as of early December.  Please check their website for eligibility and application details.


The Endangered Languages Project — which aims to support linguistic diversity by creating a digital community where one can find/share information, multimedia resources, and more on endangered languages around the world — is looking to redesign their website and welcomes proposals from tech developers to help achieve this (details here).  Proposal due: November 13, 2020


Are you an early career media professional interested in digital rights and inclusion reporting in the African context?  Consider applying for the four-month Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship (details here) and learn more.  Application due: November 12, 2020

The Institut Für Auslandsbeziehungen is seeking to fund around 100 professionals and committed volunteers in exploring ways of strengthening civil societies together.  Sounds like something you’d like to be part of?  Go check out its CrossCulture Programme Fellowships when there’s still time!  Application due: December 15, 2020


Looking for information on territories, languages, and related treaties concerning indigenous communities worldwide?  Native Land Digital — an indigenous-led non-profit organization based in Canada — has put together some great resources in one place for anyone wishing to learn about “the way that people speak about colonialism and indigeneity, and to encourage territory awareness in everyday speech and action.”  

Working on a voice dictionary of your own and needing a simple solution to help you process a large amount of words more efficiently?  We’d like to share this tool that Rising Voices community member Subhashish Panigrahi who found this useful in his own language revitalization work.  Hopefully it will make your life a bit easier as well!



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Thanks to Eddie Avila for contributions to this newsletter.

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