An Introduction to Global Voices

About a week or so ago, I attempted to write a post reflecting on the Global Voices Summit. One would think that writing about an event two weeks after it happened would warrant an article that was thoughtful, insightful, and provocative. In reality, it was really only the last of those three items and in a bad way. I wrote the article too fast in an attempt to finish out my list of topics to cover in my recent trip through The Europe. I also realized that this really isn’t one article and that I should break it up over the course of a couple of posts to make it more easily digested.
This first post is quite short as I want to briefly describe what Global Voices is since I’m guessing that with the exception of a few, most of the people who read my blog haven’t encountered this site. Started in 2005 by Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon, the site works to aggregate and report on stories that aren’t covered in mainstream media. It works much more “on the ground” by sourcing blogs written by people from countries outside Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, and Western Europe. It’s a very interesting approach that is getting a lot of acclaim and attention due the groundswell of supporting volunteers who do the majority of the work to write the articles as well as translate them in to 15 different languages.
Admittedly, it was a pretty hokey site three years ago, but has grown to be quite massive and informative which is due to the founders really believing in the site. I found it interesting enough that I have even started writing for it and #1 Fan has been writing for it for some time. I have no idea how much I’ll be able to write for it as it takes a good deal of time to pull together all the source material for an article, especially since I’m scraping it all up out of blogs writing in Croatian, which is slow going.
But, that’s the site in a nutshell. Over the next few days, as I can find time to write more intelligent articles, I’ll talk more about the actual Summit, which was my first full exposure to the GV community.
An Introduction to Global Voices