“Today, the Global Voices website has grown to a million visitors a month, and is rated on blog search and analysis company Technorati as the 207th most popular blog by inbound links, in a field of around 55 million. Geographically distributed editors spend their days rounding up the most important posts from their parts of the world and presenting them through the site, so visitors can easily zoom in on what’s happening in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba or the Congo.
Last weekend’s conference had the feel of a miniature United Nations, with laptop-toting attendees from nearly every continent gathered on the tiers of a New Delhi convention center, each sitting at their own small desk, many wearing native dress. Like any room full of bloggers, the meeting had no shortage of trivial bickering, backstabbing, moral grandstanding or long-wrought recriminations. But the bloggers stayed and they worked, because some of them had left their family and their friends to live their lives in exile, and some of them were trying to save a continent from poverty and tearing itself apart, and some of them just wanted to be aggregated into something larger than themselves.”