01 October 2008

I heard it through the grapevine

Came across Global Voices Online yesterday, a meta-blogging site focused on issues of global development and justice in the majority world. Founded at Harvard's Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, the site brings together a network of international volunteers who identify issues being discussed on blogs in their own regions that are probably being ignored by the global mainstream media. Each volunteer posts a regular summary on these issues, and often translates relevant posts from other blogs into more widely used languages to increase the distribution of ideas and knowledge. Which is nice.

They picked up one of my posts from AIDS 2008, and commented on it in an article about intravenous drug use in Russia, and I can almost feel the discomfort in their voice as they were forced to use the phrase "Unkie Dave said" in an otherwise academic(ish) piece*. The joys of online anonymity.

I love Google Analytics and Feedburner; being able to track back who is doing what with your posts has often been a source of amusement for me. But every now and then it is nice to find that your thoughts are being used for something worthwhile, rather than the usual content scraping by Chinese spam sites.

*It even sounds better in Spanish: "Unkie Dave, blogueando en Booming Back, dice que la clave para disminuir globalmente la epidemia de VIH es observar todo el panorama"

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