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Ivan Sigal

I am Global Voices’ executive director. I've spent 10 years working in media development in the former Soviet Union and Asia, supporting and training journalists and working on media co-productions. Most of that time I was with Internews. I'm also a photographer, and have worked and traveled in more than 60 countries. I speak Russian, manage in German, have forgotten Slovak and Czech, and can make it home in Thai.

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Latest posts by Ivan Sigal

3 December 2014

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Face the Limits of International Law

The Zone9 case proves that in Ethiopia, international human rights standards -- and even national law -- are employed or ignored as political powers please.

22 October 2012

Global Voices Seeks Advocacy Editor

Global Voices seeks an Advocacy Editor to manage its online freedom of expression content. Global Voices Advocacy seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of citizen media and online activists throughout the...

17 October 2012

Global Voices Introduces New Advocacy Director, Hisham Almiraat

We're very excited to announce that Hisham Almiraat, a long-time member of the Global Voices community, is the new Director of Global Voices Advocacy.

25 July 2012

Global Voices seeks Advocacy Director

  Global Voices seeks an Advocacy Director to run its online freedom of expression initiatives. Global Voices Advocacy seeks to build a global anti-censorship network of citizen media and online activists...

11 May 2012

Breaking Borders Award 2012!

We're excited to announce the second edition of the Breaking Borders Award for 2012. The award is a prize created by Google and Global Voices to honor outstanding web or mobile projects initiated by individuals or groups that demonstrate courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the Internet to promote freedom of expression. Closing date for applications is May 20, 2012.

18 January 2012

U.S. Bills Could Threaten the Global Internet

At Global Voices, we understand that we, collectively, are the Internet. Our individual participation is what makes the Internet a global conversation of startling depth and variety, but this is...

27 October 2011

Libya: Foreign Hackers and Surveillance

In the wake of the fall of Tripoli, reporters, researchers, and former employees of the Libyan Telecom and Technology company have been uncovering and sharing details about how the Libyan government surveilled and monitored internet and phone networks.

3 February 2010

Global Voices and Google announce freedom of expression award jury

The Breaking Borders Award is a new prize created by Google and Global Voices and supported by Thomson Reuters to honor outstanding web projects initiated by individuals or groups that...

4 November 2008

Corporations Agree to Standards for Internet Freedom

The Global Network Initiative has been launched. The Initiative is a code of conduct for corporations on privacy and free speech created by a coalition of human rights, media development and research organizations, and Internet and communications companies such as Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft. Its goal: to ensure that ICT companies acknowledge their “responsibility to respect and protect the freedom of expression and privacy rights of their users.”