Day 1 of Global Voices Summit in Nairobi kicked off with presentations about the present situation of citizen media. We have listened to discussion moderated by Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices talking to Mong Palatino (member of the Congress of the Philippines), Amira Al Hussaini (journalist and blogger from Bahrain), Matisse Bustos Hawkes (communications manager for WITNESS) and Faisal Kapadia (journalist and blogger from Pakistan).
It’s a tradition by now to announce Braking Borders awards sponsored by Global Voices and Google at GV Summit so we were really happy to see that this year’s winners are Mamfakinch (a citizen media community in Morocco) and Atlatszo.hu (an online freedom of speech defense organization in Hungary). Congratulations!
Open Sessions, photo by @LauraSchne
Our first day concluded with barcamp sessions on topics chosen by attendees. I took part in one on the future of Technology for Transparency network and I was really amazed to see so many practical ideas and commitment to the global view on government transparency, but also healthy approach to practical implications of plans suggested there, on the spot. It’s great to see people specialising in this area and really caring for functional future of something initiated few years ago by Global Voices community.