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Eddie Avila

Current Director of Rising Voices. I have also worked as Regional Editor and Spanish Language Editor for Global Voices, as well as a volunteer author for Bolivia. I have been part of GV since 2005. I was part of a team that was awarded a Rising Voices microgrant in 2007 with Voces Bolivianas. Currently based in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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Latest posts by Eddie Avila

10 August 2016

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms.

For the first time in history, the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco populations will get licenses to operate a telecommunications network for indigenous communities to access cellular and Internet services.

27 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

26 July 2016

‘HiviSasa’, a Kenyan Citizen Media Project for Mobile Web

"Accessible, diverse, transparent information empowers both governments and citizens. Better informed citizens make better decisions about their lives and their government."

25 July 2016

One Children's Song, Translated Into Australia's Many Local Languages

Australia's children are being invited to translate a song into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for an internet video competition promoting linguistic diversity.

14 June 2016

A Grandmother and Granddaughter in India Are Making Beautiful Media Together

"The whole world is learning, why should I not learn? I have a lot more to learn. It is important to walk along with the world."

9 June 2016

Come Along on a Canoe Ride Through the Amazon With Young Sarayaku Footballers

Every week, Sarayaku youth must travel six hours along the Bobonanza River in Ecuadorian Amazon for a football match. Sarayaku fillmaker Eriberto Gualinga takes you along for the ride.

21 May 2016

Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet

"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."

29 April 2016

The ‘Urabá Diaries’ Lay Bare the Struggles and Hopes of Young People in Colombia's North

Stories of the Urabeños who, despite armed conflict, the government's indifference, and education systems lacking tolerance, refuse to let history define their future.

21 April 2016

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

Tune in to an Australian radio show to learn phrases in Gumbaynggirr language. If you happen to miss that episode, head over to their blog to read what you missed.

20 March 2016

Series of Animated Stories Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Mexico

‘68 tongues, 68 hearts’ is an animated project aimed at preserving and sharing the indigenous languages of Mexico through a series of short animations narrated in the indigenous languages.

20 January 2016

Mapping for Niger, as Told by One of the Project's Volunteers

The Mapping for NIger project faces limited logistical, financial, and human resources as well as a general ignorance of Open Data, making each activity realized a feat of volunteer passion...

Angkety Map Highlights Digital Resources for Australia's Indigenous Language Revitalization

Angkety map is a new report highlighting digital resources available to Australia's indigenous communities interested in using technology for language preservation and revitalization.

13 November 2015

Iran’s Minorities Use the Internet to Overcome Tensions

Iran’s ethnic minority communities are increasingly taking to the net to mobilise against racism and oppression