guifi.net, Spain's Wildly Successful DIY Wireless Network
At any given moment in Spain, there are thousands of people surfing the Internet. But more and more Spaniards are opting for a kind of parallel Internet, one that avoids the high costs of commercial Internet Service Providers and bridges the digital divide.
Esra'a al Safei and the Wisdom of Crowds
Crowdvoice, a user-powered platform tracking voices of protest around the world, works to diversify our understanding of complex events. Rising Voices interviews it's visionary founder about working digitally in Bahrain and her new platform to promote local musicians.
Physical Spaces as Catalysts for Greater Digital Participation
Join New Tactics, Rising Voices, SMEX, and other practitioners for an online dialogue on “Physical Spaces as Catalysts for Greater Digital Citizen Participation” from August 8-14, 2012.
EWAMT: Women In Protest
The recent wave of uprisings in the Middle East And North Africa has also hit Yemen. In January this year thousands of Yemenis started demonstrating in the capital Sanaa and elsewhere demanding resignation of president Ali Abdulla Saleh, who has been in power for more than 30 years. The notable thing is that more and more women protesters have joined the demonstrations. Bloggers of the Rising Voices grantee in Yemen also share their experiences.
Rising Voices: 2010 In Review
2010 was an eventful year for Rising Voices and its community. The community bade farewell to the outgoing Director of Outreach, David Sasaki and welcomed the new Director Eduardo Ávila. In this post we look at some of the notable news of the grantees community we featured in the Rising Voices website in 2010.
Featured Blogger: Sara Abd Al-Maktari
Blogger Sara Abd Al-Maktari started as a participant in the first workshops offered by Rising Voices grantee Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWMAT) in Yemen. Since then, she has volunteered to lead another round of workshops to teach women about the use of citizen media.
Rising Voices Farewell Messages for David Sasaki
Many of the grantees from the Rising Voices community wanted to express their gratitude and best wishes for David Sasaki, as he leaves Rising Voices at the end of this month for a new professional opportunity. Through the use of text, photos, and videos, these messages are proof of the legacy that he leaves behind.
EWAMT: The Start Of The 2nd Phase In Taizz City
The second phase of the ‘Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWAMT)‘ project started in Taizz city, a major city in Yemen located at the Southwestern highlands at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. In Partnership with the National Culture Center for Youth, EWAMT trained 15 female activists during 31 March- April 1st 2010 in Taizz City.
Interview with Ghaida'a Al Absi
Ghaida'a al-Absi is the leader of Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques in Yemen, which provides digital media training courses to Yemeni women activists.
EWAMT: Joining The Global Conversation
The Yemeni society is very conservative and there are a lot of challenges for women who want to come out in the open and claim their equal share among the main workforce of the country. The Rising Voices grantee 'Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques' (EWAMT) is conducting workshops to teach Yemeni women new media tools and enabling them to join the global conversation and they are talking about their struggles, their society and lives in their blogs.
EWAMT: Learning To Blog To Serve The Community
Rising Voices grantee Empowerment of Yemeni Women Activists in New Media Techniques (EWAMT) has organized two more workshops in June. Apart from teaching the participants how to blog they were informed how to use their blogs to serve their community.
Abidjan Blog Camps: Bringing Ivorians To Blogosphere
Théophile Kouamouo, one of Francophone Africa's leading bloggers, is arranging a series of blogcamps in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with the help of a community of experienced bloggers and supported by a Rising Voices Micro Grant. The workshops on blogging, podcasting, video-blogging etc. will bring more and more Ivorians to the blogosphere to voice their opinions on different issues that affect their lives.
Video Interview with Ghaidaa al-Absi
While at a conference in Germany about new media activism in the Middle East, Ghaidaa al-Absi sat down with Rezwan and Sami Ben Gharbia to discuss her vision for the Yemen-based Rising Voices grantee project "Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques".