RV Newsletter: Planning ahead for the International Conference on Minority Languages

Language diversity (Tobias Mikkelsen, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Rising Voices note: Our monthly newsletter provides a summary of our recent blog posts about all aspects of digital inclusion including access to 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: So it’s July and we are half through the year. Have you been planning anything major for the months to come? Some are surely making plans well into next year and they need to hear from you!

The 19th International Conference on Minority Languages will be happening in Wales, approximately a year from now. In addition to the context-specific experience, it’s also a time for presentations, discussions, and networking. If you feel like being part of it, you can start early by responding to its open call for proposals now.

You can contribute by making proposals for papers, posters, or panels on a list of themes as identified on their website, including technology, digitalization and the role of social media in minority language communities — which we feel might really interest our readers like yourself.

Submission due: September 30, 2022


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)

@AsiaLangsOnline (Asia)

  • Fikri Ansori on Rejang, indigenous to Indonesia
  • Sanjib Chaudhary on Eastern Tharu of Nepal
  • Amir Hader on Shina, native to Pakistan and India

@DigiAfricanLang (Africa)

@EuroDigitalLang (Europe)

  • Kevin Scannell on Irish and his dedication to bringing the language into digital spaces
  • Silvia Cebolla on Aragonese of Spain and her efforts in promoting the language
  • Beñat Garaio on Basque of the Basque Country, between Spain and France, along the Bay of Biscay


Do you know of any individuals/organizations dedicating themselves in promoting the use of digital tools to empower citizens and communities across Europe? In celebration of the impact they’ve brought about, please consider nominating them — or applying yourself — for the All Digital Awards 2022 (details here). Application due: July 29, 2022


Are you a journalist or media practitioner using Twitter on a regular basis for your purpose? TRFilter is a web application designed with your wellbeing in mind. With its help, you can mute/block accounts and hide comments that are potentially harmful, without having to review the content yourself. Looking for a practical solution to counter online harassment/violence? You can start here.


How are women doing in terms of mobile internet usage, as compared to men, during the past year? The recently released Mobile Gender Gap Report 2022 tells us that there seems to be a slowdown — and/or even a reversal — in the advancement of digital inclusion for women. Wondering how so and why? Read the report here and find out for yourself.

Meanwhile, what does digital inclusion look like when it comes to people with intellectual disabilities in the midst of this COVID pandemic? Do they have access to the same information and communication technologies (ICT) to fulfill basic needs and to enjoy the many benefits of digital engagements? To find out more, you can check out the review here or download the full study here.



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

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