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How are you doing this March, dear readers?
We are excited to share with you the recently released State of the Internet’s Languages report, produced by Whose Knowledge?, Oxford Internet Institute, and the Centre for Internet and Society (India). This collaborative effort was to answer one big question: How many languages, among all in the world, can we fully experience online?
Curious about how languages are represented online today? Come explore their findings with us!
MORE FROM THE RISING VOICES BLOG
Embarking on the IDIL2022–2032 journey with language activists from around the world, Rising Voices and partners are bringing to you another round of our rotating Twitter campaigns. Curious about indigenous, minority, endangered, or under-resourced languages plus how the internet and technology play a role in their promotion and revitalization? Come follow us and hear what our guest hosts have to share!
@ActLenguas (Latin America)
- Rayo Cruz [es] on the Zapotec language, spoken in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, Mexico
- Miriam Hernández [es] on Ch'ol, a Mayan language, spoken in Mexico
- Yajaira Martínez [es] on the Mazatec language, spoken in Mexico
In this issue, we’d love to take you to Bolivia and see how community radio stations are coming together to mitigate the widening gap of school education between urban and rural areas, due to the pandemic. → “Community radio schools: educational alternatives in the context of digital divide”
Meanwhile, the widely loved word game Wordle has got multiple doppelgangers now! Can you imagine how fun it would be to play the game in Cornish, Gitksan, American Sign Language, and… Klingon? → “‘Your’dle: Wordle is now available in many of the world’s languages”
Once again, the IDFA Bertha Fund is extending its support to encourage European producers to participate in documentary projects by filmmakers based in eligible countries. Interested in bringing your stories to a global audience? Further details can be found here. Application due: April 1, 2022
OPPORTUNITIES | SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS
Do you aspire to cover underreported stories from the global south but feel the need for some guidance in carrying out your project at hand? One World Media Fellowship might be the answer for you. Further details and eligibility requirements can be found here. Application due: March 29, 2022 at 5pm (UTC)
Two years have gone by and the COVID-19 pandemic is still looming over our heads (and our minds). For indigenous communities, it brings not only new concerns but also exacerbated inequities on multiple fronts. MIT SOLVE is now calling on US-based Indigenous innovators for solutions pertaining to these pressing challenges. Want to be part of it? Please find the details here. Submission due: March 31, 2022
MORE TO READ, WATCH and LISTEN TO
- Speaking up in defense of language rights via ROAR
- How to implement inclusive web practices for people with speech & language disorders via InclusionHub
- Language builds legacies: Historical picks from the Mother Tongue Film Festival via Folklife
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