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Podcast Notes: Global Voices Summit08

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Chris Vallance | 13:02 UK time, Tuesday, 1 July 2008

gvsummit.jpgThursday to Saturday I was in Budapest covering the Global Voices Summit08. For those of you who don't know Global Voices it is the pre-eminent online portal for the aggregation of blog posts around the world.

While in the UK much time is spent debating the merits of bloggers vs professional journalists, in countries without a free press, the point is largely moot, blogging provides an important source of independent commentary, analysis and news not available elsewhere.

The Summit focused on issues of censorship and the repression of bloggers. While these can seem like dry subjects, many of those who attended the conference had paid a high price for their determination to express themselves online. In the extended edition of Pods and Blogs below we dedicate most of the programme to the summit.

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