Digital activists, bloggers and citizen media journalists from around the world will gather in Colombo in December at their annual flagship event to discuss the evolving state of the open internet, online civic movements and human rights in the digital age.
The 2017 edition of the Global Voices Summit will be held at Trace Expert City, a technology hub and incubator, in Maradana district of Colombo from December 2-3 with participants from over 50 countries.
This is the first time that Global Voices is coming to Sri Lanka marking a milestone for digital activism in the country.
According to the organizers, the event will bring together government officials responsible for media and freedom of expression, civil society leaders, youth, leading social media voices, writers, journalists and activists.
The discussions that will take place are expected to unearth innovative ideas and new insights that will impact civic engagement, human rights and information dissemination in communities within Sri Lanka and beyond.
The event will combine a public conference focused on key issues impacting citizen media and the global Internet, with a closed, working meeting for the Global Voices community.
The Global Voices Summit is sponsored by Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Groundviews, Calcey Technologies, Lanka Bell and Hashtag Generation.