"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.