It's 6AM Christmas morning in Japan right now. Today I'm reflecting on the past year and thinking about the future and I'm thinking about Global Voices. Hopefully most of you are with your family with some time to relax, think about priorities and reflect. I'm sure there are a lot of TV shows about "Peace on earth, goodwill to men," and you've probably sent and received a lot of UNICEF Christmas cards. You should be in the perfect mood to think about Global Voices. In the past, we had to rely on TV shows to try to feel empathy for people in other countries and organizations such as UNICEF to try to give our support to humanitarian efforts. These were and are noble efforts. However, at our fingertips, we have the ability to reach out and speak to, build bridges with and interact with those people we have been "wishing well" to in the abstract for all of these years. We have a long way to go before we are able to hear the voices of everyone on earth, but I believe that providing voices and building bridges is essential for the World Peace we all wish for.

We have changed the "Global Voices Manifesto" to "Global Voices Covenant 0.2". We have edited it for awhile on the wiki, but this version is frozen.

I'm not normally a very religious person, but I feel pretty religious about this.

Global Voices Covenant 0.2
We believe in free speech: in protecting the right to speak -- and the right to listen. We believe in universal access to the tools of speech.

To that end, we want to enable everyone who wants to speak to have the means to speak -- and everyone who wants to hear that speech, the means to listen to it.

Thanks to new tools, speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication. Now, anyone can wield the power of the press. Everyone can tell their stories to the world.

We want to build bridges across the gulfs of culture and language that divide people, so as to understand each other more fully. We want to work together more effectively, and act more powerfully.

We believe in the power of direct connection. The bond between individuals from different worlds is personal, political and powerful. We believe conversation across boundaries is essential to a future that is free, fair, prosperous and sustainable - for all citizens of this planet.

While we continue to work and speak as individuals, we also want to identify and promote our shared interests and goals. We pledge to respect, assist, teach, learn from, and listen to one other.

We are Global Voices.

We're trying to translated it into other languages. If you have some time over the holidays and feel like helping out, please jump in. You can come to the #globalvoices IRC channel on Freenode or just go to the wiki and add a translation there. Any of language links in red have not been done yet. You can also edit one that has been translated if you find any errors or to go the "talk" section of that wiki page to talk about the translation.

Please take a look at the Global Voices blog. We're looking for additional people and projects to hook up with so let us know if you can contribute to Global Voices or have a project that could tie in with Global Voices.

PS I'm not sending any Christmas or New Years cards this year because I don't want to kill any more trees (and I'm lazy). I'm not sending email greetings because mass mailings are becoming indistinguishable from spam. Instead, I offer this blog entry. For the more personal touch, I'm relying on my birthday reminder to remind me to say hi to my friends in a way that distributes the work across the year.

UPDATE: Says _sj_ our translation expert. "Translate a few lines or a paragraph or put up a bad translation and leave a note above it saying it is incomplete."

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Season's greetings :) and Happy New Year Joi

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidaze, Joi! Thanks for all you've been doing. I think we can still hope for the future, and that's something.

Joi, I enjoy reading your blog. Keep it up and may 2005 be a good one for you!

Merry Christmas, Joi...and gokurousama!

Merry Christmas Joi, and all good wishes. Thank you for bringing forth the Global Voices Covenant, and thanks to everyone else who worked on it!

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! Which means exactly what you think it means. ;-)

That's for all the greetings. Suw, is that Klingon?

Greeting to you and all readers of this blog.

Sorry for not being the first to translate the Global Voice Covenant.

Happy Holidays from New England USA

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

FreeSpeech.com

Its so exhilarating when I read this manifesto and pet project of yours. I've been in such endeavor (minor role) but using a different technology specifically encrypted/private mesh infamously known as p2p (much misunderstood technology). Personally, my activity's peak was during the turmoil in Iraq specially the beheadings and the human rights violation of Iraqi prisoners (ironically, religiously and culturally I'm incompatible with them). During those days its quite hard to keep up the ideals considering such thing haven't caught up with the general public specially those having the same ideals and activism.
But with this blogging thing and now this project of yours makes the difference (as manifested by the last American Presidential election)
In connection, I'm starting a newsmagazine in the Philippines in such direction but its Free! How can I make a dent and share such ideals if Ill put a price tag on it, I find it against my objective itself.
Aptly named Libertas Newsmagazine. In net lingo you might call it knowledge sharing , participatory journalism or citizen journalism. (Just pray I can keep it up until someone having financial muscle to pick it up). Can I reprint this manifesto in my newsmagazine? I just integrated our forum to our website www.llibertas.vimicorp.com ...but due to lack of time and manpower I haven't updated it.

Season's Greetings, and all the best in your noble endeavor. . . please consider me as one of the many Global Voices. . .

Thanks for all of the greetings everyone.

4664, we'd love for you to reprint it in your newsmagazine. If possible, can you please print a link to the wiki page? http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/wiki/index.php/Main_PagV

no problem..i will. ill update you as soon as its out.
Von voyage !

"Thanks to new tools, speech need no longer be controlled by those who own the means of publishing and distribution, or by governments that would restrict thought and communication."

I live in that big country that starts with a "see" and cannot access blogs done on blogspot or typekey. I used to be able to go thru the google translator to get to the Iraqi blogs but that route is not available to me now.

In the new year may we find a way to always access what we want to read. It has become very inportant to me. I appreciate it more now that I don't have it.

last year i used to host websites for specific purposes...
technically the tool uses steganography.that way seemingly its just a nice pictures or postcard websites.

Merry Christmas in Klingon? No, that would be toDwI'ma' qoS yItIvqu'.

Now *this* is a pledge I can heartily support. Nice work. May it take hold this new year. Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Thank you for your help and for an interesting read. I hope 2005 is a good year for you.

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