Global Voices is a network of bloggers and translators located across the globe who place solidarity at the forefront of news reporting, bringing light to untold stories and providing a 360° view of some of the world's biggest issues.
Founded in 2005 by former CNN Beijing and Tokyo Bureau Chief, Rebecca MacKinnon and technologist and Africa expert, Ethan Zuckerman, Global Voices focuses on plugging the gaps in mainstream media's reporting of news and current affairs, offering an open-source platform that allows media consumers to themselves shine a light on important issues.
Operating via the portal globalvoicesonline.org, the project is a grassroots, collective labour of love with more than 800 bloggers, citizens and translators worldwide (many of whom work voluntarily) posting stories about issues that are often overlooked by more traditional media outlets as well as offering more personal points of view on some of the world's biggest stories.
Some of the stories they have covered in the past include migration issues in Latin America, revolts in Sudan, censorship in China and corruption in Macedonia, with content translated into more than 30 languages.
Regardless of where the stories originate from, the entire project is one major push for freedom of expression with Global Voices also hosting an advocacy arm that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and access to information online, reporting on internet censorship and best practice methods to maintain and improve online policy around the globe.
Head to their website or check out the video below to find out more:
We Are Global Voices! from Global Voices on Vimeo.