On January 24-25, participants from over 60 countries gathered at the Cebu Provincial Capitol in Cebu City, Philippines, to explore the connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements around the world. Two representatives of the Metamorphosis Foundation attended this summit as active Global Voices contributors. Metamorphosis works on the Macedonian and Albanian language versions of Global Voices.
The Global Voices Summit, with participants from over 60 countries Is an opportunity to further promote the idea of a truly global campaign and discussion.
The “Global Voices” community issued a statement on January 24, 2015, condemning the imprisonment of bloggers, media workers and internet activists worldwide. Names of imprisoned people – from China, through Bahrain to Macedonia and Mexico – were read at the opening of this year’s Summit. The list also included the name of Macedonian journalist Tomislav Kezharovski.
Since 2006, Global Voices Summits have brought together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from around the world. Past Summits in London, New Delhi, Budapest, Santiago de Chile and Nairobi have strengthened community ties, sparked new friendships, and served as a rich breeding ground for new ideas and collaborations across borders.
The Global Voices Summits combine a public conference focused on key issues impacting citizen media and the global Internet and a closed, working meeting for the Global Voices community. The internal meeting provides an opportunity for contributors to Global Voices—who live all over the world—to meet face-to-face and discuss core issues related to the Global Voices mission, practice and impact.
Click here to see the program of the Global Voices 2015 Summit.