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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.

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Sunday, January 25 • 09:30 - 10:30
How Not to Write About Revolution

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Ukraine is portrayed as a nation divided in two, Bahrain's freedom movement is given a sectarian wash, and Syria’s freedom struggle is lost on conflict coverage.

Activists on the ground are usually taken aback by the "frame" western mainstream media uses to report their revolutions. In this panel, we'll talk about how protests and movements for freedom in Iran, Syria, Ukraine, and Bahrain should not be reported.

Mary Aviles, Global Voices’ Latin America editor and co-founder of Venezuela Decoded, a site that breaks down Venezuela's protests, will moderate.

Moderators
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Mary Aviles

Latin America Editor, Global Voices
The focus of my career has been to innovate and collaborate at the media outlets where I have worked. For the last 12 years I have covered Hispanics in the United States as an editor with the only news wire service specializing in this community—EFE News Servicio Hispano... Read More →

Speakers
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Amira AlHussaini

Middle East and North Africa Editor, Global Voices Online
Career journalist who started blogging in 2004 and never looked back. Toppling dictators one tweet at a time.
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Mahsa Alimardani

Internet Researcher, ARTICLE19/OXFORD INTERNET INSTITUTE
Mahsa Alimardani is a Iranian-Canadian Internet researcher. She currently helps lead some of the digital rights programs on Iran with ARTICLE19 and is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute, studying the politics of platforms in Iran.
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Tanya Lokot

Editor, RuNet Echo / Global Voices
I coedit the RuNet Echo project for Global Voices. I am also a researcher and doctoral student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, and a contributor to Freedom House's Freedom on the Net report. I study social movements, protest, and digital media in Ukraine... Read More →
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Leila Nachawati

APC / SyriaUntold
I am a Madrid-based writer, communication consultant and human rights activist. I teach Communications at Carlos III University, where I am currently pursuing my PhD. | | Since November 2014, I work as a Communications Officer for APC.org, a network of activists committed to supporting... Read More →


Sunday January 25, 2015 09:30 - 10:30
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