Celtic Knot Conference 2017/Programme/CK131

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Title: The Rising Voices project

Auditorium - University of Edinburgh Business School.

Date: 6 July 2017

Time: 3:30pm to 3:45pm.

Duration: 10-15 minutes.

Venue: University of Edinburgh Business School - Auditorium.


  • Eddie Ávila, director of Rising Voices.

Overview of topic:
Eddie Ávila is the Director of Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, where he works to support underrepresented communities, especially those that speak indigenous languages, promoting the use of citizen media and free software tools as a way to tell their own digital stories. He started with GV in 2005 as a volunteer writer and later became its Latin America Editor. Prior to his work with Rising Voices, he co-founded the Voces Bolivianas project, providing digital media training to indigenous students in the city of El Alto, which led to the creation of the first Aymara-language blog and activity on social media. He is based in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. Rising Voices is currently running a mapping research project thanks to the support of a Wikimedia Foundation Project Grant looking at the current state of Wikipedia in indigenous languages of Latin America to better identify the opportunities and challenges of sharing free knowledge in these native languages. (video presentation).

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