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Global Voices in Kenya

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Jamillah Knowles | 11:03 UK time, Thursday, 12 July 2012

Rachel Gichinga

After a little break, I'm back with sounds of the Global Voices summit in Kenya for the podcast. I've been finding out more about how the organisation works and what the members there are up to.

Around 200 of the writers, authors and translators attended and then there was a selection of academics there too as well as the public days of the event where there were of course many more.

Global Voices has certainly grown since Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon started the ball rolling. The network is a big one, and a smart one. I caught up with Ethan and asked where the whole thing came from and also explained what he hopes it will become.

As Global Voices grows, it also seems to sprout new projects from the community. As more ideas are traded and problems are identified, you can't help but find smart people who are also working on solutions. Eddie Avila is the director of the Rising Voices Project - he works also to find languages that are under threat and find new ways to expose them a little and encourage new speakers to work on resources. He explained what language activism is.

In fast times on the Internet, we may consume short bursts of information from great reporters, bloggers and of course those on Twitter who share what is happening around them. The hard thing about this is looking back or trying to research what happened. Bernardo Parella is an editor for Global Voices and he is also working on some eBooks that will capture online news so that we can look back on it.

While in Nairobi. a group of us from the summit headed out for a half day at the iHub in Nairobi. It's a place where people can get online, get things done and heaps more. I chatted with Rachel Gichinga who showed us around.

That's all for this week, but don't forget that in the meantime you can always get in touch. You can tweet at me on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders or find us on Facebook and Google+ to add our updates to your feed.

Until next week!


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