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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Plenary [clear filter]
Saturday, January 24

09:00 PST

Welcome and opening remarks

Tina Amper

Founder, TechTalks.PH
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Mong Palatino

Southeast Asia Editor, Global Voices
southeast asia editor of global voices. activist and former legislator

Saturday January 24, 2015 09:00 - 09:30 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

09:30 PST

Protecting the Open Internet is Everybody's Business

From Azerbaijan to Zambia, political leaders of near every persuasion see technology in the hands of citizens as a potential threat to their power and stability. Every day, a combination of government policies and corporate practice imperil Internet users’ rights of free expression and privacy -- rights that are enshrined by many constitutions, but also by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Can Guy Fawkes masks and Internet blackout campaigns really save us, or are we destined for a splintered, global network of national Internets? How do we reconcile the global “open Internet” ideal with this stark reality?

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Lokman Tsui

Assistant Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lokman Tsui is an Assistant Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His current research interest is in free expression and internet policy. Before Lokman joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was the Head of... Read More →

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Al Alegre

Executive Director, Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
For more than 18 years Al Alegre has been involved in the framing of ICT policy and internet governance discourse within a strong public interest perspective in Philippine, Asian, and global arenas. As long-time Executive Director of the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Al... Read More →
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Nani Jansen

Legal Director, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Nani Jansen is the Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI). She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Since... Read More →
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Chiranuch Premchaiporn

Co-founder, Prachatai
Chiranuch is a renowned free speech advocate and the co-founder of the Thai online news site Prachatai (“Thai people”). She is also a founding member of Thai Netizen Network (TNN), a group of media activists, internet users, bloggers and IT academics who monitor violations of... Read More →

Saturday January 24, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

16:30 PST

My Own Private Internet
The internet has made it possible to hear news and opinions from every corner of the world. But the internet also gives us almost unlimited choice, and most of us choose to pay more attention to news and events we already know and care about - usually local events - than those in other countries. In this panel, we will examine the ways the internet and social media have connected - or disconnected - communities around the world into global conversations.

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Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
The future of Global Voices. Streaming video. Honoring volunteers. Sustainability.

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Abdoulaye Bah

Undocumented immigrant for over a decade in Italy in the sixties and seventies! Guinean origin, husband, father and grandfather of Italians. Former UNIDO (Vienna) and Peacekeeping missions (Cambodia, Haiti and Rwanda) staff member. Member of the Italian Nonviolent Radical Transnational... Read More →
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Violeta Camarasa

I write, I draw, I paint, I travel. I also teach a seminar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Global Communication.
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Mildred Galarpe

managing editor, sunstar publishing inc
a digital immigrant but a true blue journalist.
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Lova Rakotomalala

Francophone Editor, Global Voices
I am the editor of the Francophone region for Global Voices, I am trained as a researcher in biomedical engineering and Public Health. Raised in Madagascar, I now live in Paris after  living for 13 years stateside. I am passionate about current events in Africa, statistical trends... Read More →
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Victoria Tinta

Editor, Global Voices in Aymara
Victoria is Editor of Global Voices in Aymara, and also a member of Jaqi Aru, a collective based in El Alto, Bolivia promoting the use of the Aymara language on the Internet.

Saturday January 24, 2015 16:30 - 17:30 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall
Sunday, January 25

09:00 PST

Welcome and opening remarks
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Mong Palatino

Southeast Asia Editor, Global Voices
southeast asia editor of global voices. activist and former legislator

Sunday January 25, 2015 09:00 - 09:15 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

14:00 PST

Do We Feed the Trolls?

You were working into the wee hours of the morning on a difficult story. You wake up to 200 tweets. Many of them are personal attacks. You are being trolled.

 How should we react to harassment online? And when should we fight back?

Jillian C York will talk to a group of outspoken online commentators about daring to speak up in the increasingly polarized and hostile online space.

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Jillian C. York

Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Talk to me about TOS enforcement and censorship on social platforms, or your work in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Lina Attalah

Founder and editor-in-chief, Mada Masr
Lina Attalah is the co-founder and chief editor of Mada Masr, a Cairo-based news website. She has been working as a journalist in Egypt, mostly covering it and parts of the Middle East for several news outlets. Before Mada Masr, she was the chief editor of Egypt Independent, a major... Read More →
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Arzu Geybullayeva

Journalist, Azerbaijan Internet Watch
Regional analyst, correspondent, and columnist. Former Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFERL) and Central Asia Azerbaijan Fellow at George Washington University. Main areas of interest include human rights, advocacy, press freedom, and more recently... Read More →
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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

Editor, blogger, Blog Watch Citizen Media
I am very active on twitter as @momblogger advocating constructive engagement in issues on family and society. I am very passionate about nurturing both my family and community in order to secure my children’s future and that of others. I co-founded Blog Watch in 2009, a... Read More →
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Kevin J. Rothrock

Project Editor, RuNet Echo
Russian media. Russian politics. Russian Russia.

Sunday January 25, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall

17:00 PST

10 Years of Global Voices
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Rebecca MacKinnon

Director, New America
Rebecca MacKinnon directs the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America. (See rankingdigitalrights.org) A 2019-2020 University of California Free Speech and Civic Engagement Fellow, she is author of Consent of the Networked (2012), co-founder of Global Voices, a founding member... Read More →
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Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab
The future of Global Voices. Streaming video. Honoring volunteers. Sustainability.

Sunday January 25, 2015 17:00 - 17:45 PST
Cebu Provincial Capitol - Social Hall