Global Voices is a worldwide community of bloggers, editors, and translators who work together to aggregate citizen media, with an emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in the mainstream international media.
Why We Invested
Global Voices serves as an online newsroom for citizen voices from around the world. An international team of hundreds of volunteer authors and editors reports on important local issues that are often under-reported by the mainstream international media. With Omidyar Network’s grant, Global Voices will expand its operations and develop new initiatives, including a program to support citizen voices from underrepresented regions.
Global Voices redresses some of the inequities in media attention by leveraging the power of citizens’ media to influence important issues. To these ends, Global Voices’ online community translates citizen journalists’ blogs into more than 20 languages, helps people speak out online in places where their voices may be censored, and helps marginalized communities use citizen media. Whereas historically publishers and governments have heavily regulated the press, Global Voices recognizes that technology can provide citizens everywhere with a new means of connecting to each other and sharing their stories with the world.