I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's Yi-Tan conference call, in which I'll guest-interview Global Voices Online co-founders Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman one month after their second annual summit. These two are doing an amazing job of raising the profiles of women bloggers around the world.
I hope you'll join us (here's how) -- and I welcome your questions on the Yi-Tan wiki or via email. Here's more about Yi-Tan and more about Founder Jerry Michalski. And here's the teaser I posted on the wiki (see link above):
Listening to Global Voices
Yi-Tan Weekly Tech Call #66
Monday, January 9, 2006
- "Images from Palestine: School Book" posted by Haitham Sabbah
- "Egypt: The Massacre of the Sudanese Refugees" by Mostafa Hussein
- "No Longer a Bridge to Caracas" by Iria Puyosa
You won't find these stories by tuning in to the BBC or to CNN. In fact, if you search Google News, chances are that you won't even find a story in the mainstream media about the citizen journalism site that delivered these stories. Yet Global Voices Online is an award-winning news destination of choice for more than 300,000 international visitors a month. An IRC Chat will be available during the call, here.
Lisa Stone is looking forward to guest-hosting Monday's Yi-Tan call, in which we'll talk what's next for Global Voices Online. Called "the United Nations of blogging" by The Guardian, Global Voices reports on arguably more countries than the BBC, leveraging cheap, easy blogging technology to write about bloggers around the world. A little over a year since it launched, the site gets 300,000 visitors a month. In a conversation with co-founders Rebecca MacKinnon and Ethan Zuckerman one month after their second annual summit, we'll ask:
See you Monday at 10:30am Pacific, 1:30pm Eastern time.
- What does it mean to be a "conversation community"? Are you an alternative world news agency? A stage for global activism? An international collection of diaries? Will your site always be English only? Take us down the road three to five years.
- How does this "conversation community" take its next steps, when so many bloggers live in countries that lack a free press? How about when many of these countries are at war?
- What do you want and/or need from the first world and why? Money? Attention? Feedback?