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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. I have been part of GV since 2005.

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Latest posts by Eddie Avila

Nigerian ‘Cultural Evangelist’ Promotes African Languages with Apps and Digital Storytelling

"Technology offers the best form of creative approach to preserving native languages. It aids the process of documentation, collaboration between language experts, offers a wide array of distribution medium etc."

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

"...I knew I had to propagate the Yorùbá heritage to the world and the cheapest and easiest way to do that is via the international network of computers."

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

A New Audio Uploading Tool for Crowdsourced Wiktionary Project in Odia Language

One Global Voices contributor who's passionate about the Odia language has created an open-source solution for recording and uploading words under open licenses for projects like Wiktionary.

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

Digital Activists Meet Up Offline to Promote Bolivia’s Language Diversity Online

Bolivia's 37 official languages makes the country cultural and linguistically diverse. However, that diversity is not always seen on the internet.

Making Kwak̓wala Language Learning Fun For Her Students With a Little Help From Memes

“Let’s paddle one canoe to get to where we want to go," says Pewi Alfred, a Kwak̓wala language teacher and promoter of the Mother Language Meme Challenge.

As a Wearer of Many Hats Promoting the Quechua Language, Language Activist Can Now Include Meme Maker

Margot Camones is a translator, interpreter, professor of Quechua Ancashino and much more. Now she is taking part in the Mother Language Meme Challenge to add to that list.

Accepting the Challenge by Creating Memes to Help the Wiradjuri Language Revival

In addition to leading a language learning program, Geoff Anderson is taking part in the Mother Language Meme Challenge creating memes in the Wiradjuri language of Australia.

Helping the Fulfulde Language Have an Online Presence Through Memes

In West Africa, members of the the Peeral Media Network have been promoting the Fulfulde language through a number of platforms and tools like memes for the #MemeML Challenge.

Following Successful #TweetYoruba Campaign, Now Come Memes in the Yoruba Language

It began with a #TweetYoruba campaign a few years ago, and now Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún and the Yoruba Name project are creating memes in the Yoruba language.