Global Voices:Remixing the Global Conversation Chris Salzberg
The World is Talking!● Usergenerated content growing every day● Blogs, vlogs, photos, tweets, streams, ...● Different nationalities, religions, languages, 70 million weblogs tracked political beliefs, Over 120k blogs created every day historical narratives...
But is anybody listening...?What happened to the news we thought we knew?
News from narratives ● Global Voices ● Founded at Harvard Universitys Berkman Center for Internet and Society (2005) ● Over 100 members: authors, editors, translators, ... ● Advocacy, Rising Voices, Voices without Votes ● Project Lingua: translation into 15 languages
Remixing conversations ● Content is not enough on its own: ● Without context, it is not relevant ● Without translation, it is not understandable ● Without a coherent narrative, it is not meaningful ● To convey conversations, need to remix them
Openness and Remixing ● Open licensing is essential to remixing: ● Quoting USG: acceptable since GV does not have a policy of copyrighting content ● Images/video: nearly every image/video on GV is licensed as Creative Commons ● Republication: GV subproject sites, but also major media sites (Reuters, etc.) ● Translation: on Lingua, also through other sites
Open Content and Community ● Open content underpins the GV community: ● Large, global, and open community collaborates on almost every instance of content creation ● Shared sense of ownership and pride ● This enables contributors to create their own projects (Lingua, Advocacy, etc.) ● Open publication naturally leads to communitybuilding
Limitations of Open Publishing 1.Limited uptake of open content licensing in many countries (e.g. Japan) 2.Imbalance between individual/organization: ● Bloggers generally do not worry about how content is licensed, just copypaste ● Organizations like GV must be much more careful 3.Boundary of “open” definition is not clear