Global Voices is a community of more than 500 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media.

The Rise of Online Citizen Media

The theme for this year's Global Voices Summit is the cataclysmic rise of online citizen media over the past years, and especially in 2011. Are we a global movement now? And what do we wish to see happen next?

Global Voices Summits

Global Voices convenes a biennial Summit which brings together contributing members with a wider community of global bloggers, technologists, scholars, journalists and others interested in sharing ideas on developments in online citizen media spearheaded by people around the world. Previous Summits have taken place in LondonNew Delhi, Budapest, and Santiago.

Meeting face to face

Lova and SamiThe Summit also provides an opportunity for contributors to Global Voices – who live all over the world – to meet in person and discuss the future direction of the organization in an internal (closed) two-day meeting.


This year's Summit takes place in Nairobi, Kenya at the Pride Inn Raphta Road, Raphta Road, Westlands.

The Summit hotels are all full at the moment. If you are seeking accommodation, please try the Jacaranda Hotel in Westlands.

Nairobi City Centre by Olli Pitkänen on Flickr (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Nairobi City Centre by Olli Pitkänen on Flickr (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Spread the word!

Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya. July 2-3Show your excitement about the summit by posting and tweeting about it, our hashtag is #gv2012.

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Keep in touch

We know many people will not be able to join us in Kenya, and we promise to make as many Summit proceedings as possible available online through webcasts, session posts, and live tweeting.

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