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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.

Follow us on Twitter at @globalvoices. Event hashtag: #GV2015

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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. 

Moderators
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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 am also on the board of Media Matters for Democracy, a media policy and research group in Pakistan. Before joining Global Voices in 2012, I worked as a journalist in Pakistan where I covered war, elections, natural disasters, and human... Read More →

Speakers
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Tetyana Bohdanova

Author, Global Voices
A GV contributor of over four years, I cover citizen media developments and cyber activism in my home country Ukraine and occasionally its neighbors. In my daily life I am a civil society development specialist, an activist, and a reseracher of new media's impact on civic and political organizing. I also enjoy reading and traveling.
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Marianne Diaz

Acceso Libre / Global Voices / Creative Commons
Marianne Diaz is a lawyer, fiction writer and activist for digital rights, free culture and online freedom of speech in Venezuela. She serves as legal leader for Creative Commons Venezuela. She is also the co-founder and leader of the NGO Acceso Libre, and has been a volunteer blogger for Global Voices Advocacy since 2010. For many years now, Marianne has been documenting blockages and threats to online freedom of speech en Venezuela. In 2014... 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 Program of Global Communication in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


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