RV Newsletter: Imagining a feminist internet

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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.

How are you faring, dear readers? We certainly hope our newsletter finds you well, among all the things happening around us.

In this issue, we’d like to challenge you to imagine: What does the internet look like from a feminist perspective? The multidisciplinary Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) has strived to show us, via their work, the internet as it is today and the possibility for it to become a more inclusive environment, as far as gender is concerned.

If you are intrigued by understanding the internet through a feminist lens, we’d encourage you to take a look at this recent project by FIRN, where the researchers take us to Ribeirão Grande/Terra Seca, Brazil, reflecting upon existing challenges and potential directions in building an infrastructure that makes the most sense for all parties involved.


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)

  • Leonardi Fernández [es] on the Wayuu language, spoken in an indigenous nation between Colombia and Venezuela
  • Isela Xospa [es] on a Nahuatl variant, spoken in Milpa Alta, Mexico
  • Diego Hernández [es] on the Tutunakú language, spoken in the Sierra Norte of Puebla, Mexico
  • Elizabeth Quintana [es] on the Mazahua language, spoken in central Mexico

Along this line, in Bangladesh, the first grammar book in an endangered indigenous language has recently been published. → “First Mro language grammar book brings a ray of hope for the indigenous community


The Ethnic Communities Digital Inclusion Fund is now open for applications from projects sharing their cause in supporting Aotearoa New Zealand’s ethnic communities for better social participation by way of digital technology. Further details can be found here. Application due: May 23, 2022 at 11:59pm

Working on a documentary about your own community, whose stories are often left unheard or haven’t been heard enough? The CrossCurrents Doc Funds wants to help filmmakers from not only Canada but worldwide to bring their stories to light, to a wider audience. Application due: June 1, 2022


In a similar spirit, the Persephone Miel Fellowship is now open to journalists from outside the U.S. and Western Europe, who cover stories of their native country (and/or of emigrating communities) and wish to extend their audience base internationally (details here). Application due: April 24, 2022 Note: Projects involving multimedia components are especially welcome


The 2022 Jamlab Accelerator Programme sub-Saharan Africa is inviting innovators passionate about reshaping journalism and media in the region to partake in a 6-month virtual program, which may help expedite their particular initiatives. Further details and eligibility requirements can be found here. Application due: April 18, 2022 at 17:00 (Central African Time)


The 2022 Linguapax International Award is seeking nominations for successful (individual or teamed) efforts as well as good practices around the world concerning the advancement of linguistic diversity and the revitalization/reactivation of linguistic communities. Further details can be found here. Submission due: May 31, 2022

The 2022 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism is now calling for submissions. Please see here for the application/nomination details and qualifying criteria for its Freelance Award, Local Reporter Award, and News Fixer Award, respectively. Submission due: May 31, 2022 at midnight (GMT)


Interested in learning more about locally-led development, climate change, and emerging technologies in the context of digital development? There’s still time to register for the Global Digital Development Forum 2022 (details here)! Date: May 4, 2022


Did you miss the MozFest 2022 live events and would you like to catch up on the internet health movement? You can now secure a Pay What You Can on-demand ticket for access of recorded sessions (and more) till June 25.



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Thanks to Eddie Avila and Ameya Nagarajan for contributions to this newsletter.

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