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Rebecca MacKinnon
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Join me and Ethan Zuckerman on Monday for a conversation about 10 years of Global Voices - where it came from, where it may be going. We look forward to great questions, comments and suggestions from GV community members, readers and supporters. 
We started as a simple blog and a manifesto statement, resulting from an inspiring international bloggers’ meeting put together by two Berkman fellows at Harvard University in December 2004 .

"Thanks to new tools, speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication. Now, anyone can wield the power of the press. Everyone can tell their stories to the world. We seek to build bridges across the gulfs that divide people, so as to understand each other more fully. We seek to work together more effectively, and act more powerfully."  --- Excerpt from the GV Manifesto, December 2004.

Fast forward ten years, and our community has grown to over 1200 writers, translators, activists and online media experts.

We've reported and translated tens of thousands of compelling stories from the web.  We continue to defend online rights, fight against censorship and empower marginalized communities. 

Our community members have been catalysts of change in their home countries, some have become leaders, creating and using the latest tools for collaboration, and some have even faced imprisonment and persecution. 

We have come a long way since that meeting our co-founders former CNN Beijing and Tokyo Bureau Chief
Rebecca MacKinnon and technologist and Africa expert, Ethan Zuckerman, put together. 

This Monday, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we'll be talking to Rebecca and Ethan about their dreams for Global Voices and all the victories, challenges and surprises they've faced in this organic, inspiring and beautiful 10-year journey.

This interview will be primarily conducted through crowdsourced questions from the Global Voices community, but we welcome friends to send us questions through the Q and A app. 

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On October 26, thousands of Saudi women have vowed to defy the kingdom's ban on female driving.

Meet the activists behind the campaign this Friday on GV Face  at 7pm UTC. We are going to be asking them about the unique challenges they face in organizing the campaign on and offline.

We will also be asking them how they handle the naysayers like the cleric who recently said "we find that most of those who drive cars continuously deliver children with varying degrees of clinical dysfunction.”

Help spread the word and send us your question on Twitter, Facebook or here with the hashtag #GVFaceSaudiWomen

For background read:
Saudi Clergyman Delivers Ground-breaking Science on Why Women Shouldn't Drive - http://bit.ly/152IpLo

October 26th: A Day for Defying Saudi Ban on Women Driving - http://bit.ly/18N4DjU

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"Since his arrest in late July, it has been hard for me and other bloggers to bring attention to the case of Mohammed Hassan (aka Safy) a Bahraini blogger detained by authorities for his online activities. In a country like Bahrain, the brutal regime has been successful in normalizing and silencing its crimes against those involved in the political struggle for freedom and equality. Doctors, journalists, human rights defenders, teachers, athletes, and protesters have been targeted in Bahrain with sanctions, surveillance, interrogations, arrests. Some have been tortured. Some have been killed. The horrors committed since the February 14 revolution (and years before) are too many to mention and the case of Safy is only one among many."

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