Welcome to the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015!

On January 24-25 we’ll be bringing together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from the many corners of the globe to explore the connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements around the world.

See the draft Summit program below, and stay tuned as we refine the schedule and locations.

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Saturday, January 24 • 12:00 - 13:00
People Rising: How Protesters Took on Their Governments in 2014

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Venezuelan activists soaked masks in vinegar to protect themselves from teargas. Activists in Hong Kong guarded themselves with umbrellas as their police sprayed them with water cannons. Euromaidan’s activists documented abuse while they were violently evicted from Kyiv’s central square. And Mexico's protesters told their government they had enough of organized crime cartels and the corrupt government officials who protect them, after 43 students went missing in Ayotzinapa. 

In this panel we’ll be talking about these defining moments and the threats, mistakes and lessons learned by activists in Venezuela, Ukraine, Mexico, and Hong Kong as they took on their governments.

This panel will feature Venezuelan lawyer and activist Marianne Diaz, Global Voices Ukraine author Tetyana Bodanova, Oiwan Lam, Global Voices' Hong Kong-based Northeast Asia editor, and Elizabeth Rivera Global Voices Mexico author. 

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Sahar Habib Ghazi

Managing Editor, Global Voices
I help run the unique and borderless Global Voices community and completely virtual newsroom, where we cover 167 countries in 35 languages, through our stellar group of 1400 volunteer writers and editors. I also produce a podcast called Into the Deep with Lauren Finch, Global Voices... Read More →

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Tetyana Bohdanova

Author, Global Voices
A GV contributor of over eight years, I cover social media developments and cyber activism in my home country Ukraine and occasionally its neighbors. In my daily life I am a democracy development professional and a researcher of technology's impact on civic and political organizing... Read More →

Marianne Díaz Hernández

Public Policy Analyst, Derechos Digitales
Marianne Diaz is a Venezuelan lawyer, digital rights activist and fiction writer, currently based in Santiago, Chile. Her work focuses mainly on issues regarding online freedom of speech, web filtering, internet infrastructure and digital security. She founded the digital rights NGO... Read More →
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Oiwan Lam

Oiwan Lam is a media activist and educator based in Hong Kong. She is one of the founders of inmediahk.net, an independent citizen journalist platform and has been working with globalvoicesonline.org as Northeast Asia editor since 2005. She also teaches new media course at the Master... Read More →

Saturday January 24, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 PST

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