About the Summit

The Open Internet: Local Perspectives, Global Rights

At the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015, our community of bloggers, activists, social media experts and geeks from around the globe will discuss the open Internet, online civic movements and human rights in the digital age. In interactive sessions, panels, and debates, we will delve into complex issues ranging from digital surveillance to multilingualism online to legal threats against bloggers and activists—all challenges that lie at the core of much of what we do as a community, and of the future of the Internet.

Since 2006, Global Voices Summits have brought together the most innovative and inspiring digital activist and citizen media communities from around the world. Past Summits in London, New Delhi, Budapest, Santiago de Chile and Nairobi have strengthened community ties, sparked new friendships, and served as a rich breeding ground for new ideas and collaborations across borders.

Meeting face to face
Global Voices Summits combine a public conference focused on key issues impacting citizen media and the global Internet and a closed, working meeting for the Global Voices community. The internal meeting provides an opportunity for contributors to Global Voices—who live all over the world—to meet face-to-face and discuss core issues relating to our mission, practice and impact.

For each Summit, we seek a location that is of strategic importance for citizen media. In selecting locations we also consider the country’s press freedom record and ease of access for visitors of different nationalities. In addition to fulfilling these criteria, the Philippines is one of the target countries for two of our partners: the Web We Want campaign and Making All Voices Count. Meeting at the Global Voices Summit, with participants from over 70 countries in attendance, is sure to enrich the idea of a truly global campaign and discussion.

This year's Summit takes place at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, N Escario Street, Cebu City.

Global Voices Summit 2015

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Even if you can't join us…
We know many people will not be able to join us in the Philippines, so we'll be making many of the Summit sessions available online through webcasts, blog posts, and live tweeting. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates about the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2015.