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
"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.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN in Beijing for nine years and was Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 1998-2001, then served as CNN’s Tokyo Bureau Chief and Correspondent from 2001-03. From 2004-06 she was a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, where she began her ongoing research and writing about the Chinese Internet in addition to launching Global Voices with colleague Ethan Zuckerman. In 2007-08 she taught online journalism at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. In 2009 she conducted research and writing as an Open Society Fellow, and in the Spring of 2010 she was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Center or Information Technology Policy. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and was a Fullbright scholar in Taiwan in 1991-92.
- Harvard University
- New America FoundationSchwartz Senior Fellow, present
- Harvard University
- University of Hong Kong
- Open Society Institute
- Princeton University