RV Newsletter: Join the Linguapax MOOC on linguistic diversity

Screenshot of the video presentation by Subhashish Panigrahi.

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.

Hello readers, how are you doing this February? We have something exciting to share with all of you!

Last year, the Barcelona-based organization Linguapax International created a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) called Linguistic Diversity, What For?  and invited Rising Voices, along with other experts to contribute their experiences.  The course is now available on the learning platform Coursera, where interested participants can enroll for free. In this course, you will learn not only what linguistic diversity is about but also practical issues as experienced and handled in various contexts around the world.

Additionally, for those who have read about RV community member Subhashish Panigrahi many times in this Newsletter, you will now have the chance to meet Mr. Panigrahi “in person” and hear him talk about Rising Voices’ involvement in and approach toward language digital activism.

To learn more about this course that we helped create, check out this promotional video by Linguapax International.


Speaking of language diversity…  What is the role that language has on being able to tackle misinformation? That was the main topic of discussion in a recent webinar organized by Rising Voices and First Draft. Come read this post for a summary of the conversation with experts from Ethiopia, India, and Burkina Faso who shared local experiences on this matter.

Meanwhile, we’d like to share with you the good news of a historic legal victory in Mexico.  This is a legal precedent that not only draws a line between commercial vs. community telecommunications services providers but will also help ensure affordable access to mobile services for rural communities across the country.  Read the whole story here.


Working with senior citizens and/or thinking of introducing elders around you to some digital tools that may help them enjoy their lives better?  You might want to join like-minded people in this free webinar organized by 100% Digital Leeds and partners.  Date: February 25, 2021 at 10:30am (GMT)  Note: Eventbrite booking is advised


Questions for open educators, anyone?  Creative Commons has made its Open Education Lightning Talks series available for everyone out there that is curious about this topic.  If you were unable to join these talks last December, it’s your chance to hear what these speakers have to share about their work.

In need of a little help with your digital security plan or seeking to make it a better one?  You might want to check out Umbrella — an open-source, creative commons app — by Security First.  Feel free to share your thoughts with us if you do give it a try!



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Thanks to Eddie Avila for contributions to this newsletter.

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