GV Communication Channels

We don't have a physical office at Global Voices, so we rely on various communication channels to interact and collaborate on our work. Google Groups email lists and Slack chat channels are the most common tools used, but depending on the context others are also employed.

This document is a comprehensive list of communication channels used by Global Voices. It is sorted by sections of GV, so please use the table of contents to find channels related to a specific project or aspect of GV.

If you are new or want to read an overview of communication, please see Communication Within GV.

For notes on privacy, profiles, subscribing and unsubscribing, see the Notes on Google Groups section below.

Global Groups

GV Community

“GV Community” Google Group – Full policy and guidelines 

A universal mailing list for everyone involved in GV. Used for major announcements as well as discussion and sharing between contributors about Global Voices, our mission, and related issues and opportunities.

If you are an active contributor not subscribed to this list, please contact your editor or manager and get on the list ASAP.

GV Newsroom Editors

GV Newsroom Editors – Full policy and guidelines TBD

This is a group for editors-only. Regional editors, sub-editors and the core team use this list for announcements and discussion related to editorial strategy and the day-to-day editorial operation of GV.

Editors within GV should automatically be added to and removed from this group as necessary. If you are an editor and not subscribed, please contact the Managing Editor.

GV Lingua Managers

GV Lingua – Full policy and guidelines TBD

This group is for translation managers (administrators of Lingua sites) only. It is used for announcements and discussion related to operating a Lingua site in a management role.

Lingua managers should automatically be added to and removed from this group as necessary. If you are a Lingua manager but not in this group, please contact the Lingua Director.

Advox Riseup list

A discussion group for contributors and participants in Global Voices Advox.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: This list uses Riseup, an open, non-profit platform that offers greater security than Google Groups. If you're interested in joining the list, please send an email to gvadvocacy-subscribe [at] lists [dot] riseup [dot] net with “Subscribe me!” in the subject line. Tell us a bit about why you are interested in joining the community, and we'll respond as soon as we can.

GV Community Council

GV Council Google Group • Full policy and guidelines

A discussion group for the 2018 Community Council. Message types expected in this group: Announcements about Council activities, discussion of issues related to the consultation and the future of Global Voices, and questions and concerns about Council process and norms.

Rising Voices

Rising Voices Google Group – Full policy and guidelines

Manager: Rising Voices director ( found on the Our People page).

A discussion group for the Rising Voices project. We welcome anyone interested in ICT for development, Rising Voices projects, etc.

Other global discussion groups

Region and Language Editorial groups

Each editorial group within GV, regional or linguistic, has a Google Group for announcements and discussion between the editor and contributors. All GV authors (contributors who write original posts) should automatically be added and removed from the group(s) for their region(s) as needed.

If you are an author and not yet in a group, please contact your editor, or request to join the relevant group(s) below.

These lists all share the GV Editorial Team Google Groups Shared Policy and Guidelines. For each editorial team group, the “manager” is considered to be the current editor for the relevant region or topic, indicated below, along with the Managing Editor. A full list of current editors can be found on the Our People page.

Region/Language Group Manager
Caribbean GV-Caribbean Google Group Caribbean editor
Central and Eastern Europe (and Europe in General) GV-CEE and Europe Google Group Eastern & Central Europe Editor
Sub-Saharan Africa GV-Sub-Saharan Africa Google Group Sub-Saharan Africa Community Manager
Middle East and North Africa MidEastGV Google Group MENA editor
USA GV-USA Google Group Managing editor
Latin America GV-Americas Google Group Latin America editor
South Asia GV-South Asia Google Group South Asia editor
South-East Asia GV South-East Asia Google Group South-East Asia editor
Japan GV Japan Google Group Japan editor
East Asia GV-East Asia Google Group  North-East Asia Editor
Portuguese GV Lusofonia Google Group Lusophone Africa Editor & Brazil Editor
Turkey GVTurkey Google Group Central Asia, Caucasus & Turkey Editor

Lingua Translation Site Groups

Each GV Lingua translation site has its own Google Group to which all contributors should be subscribed. You can use these groups to ask questions of your fellow translators or send feedback via. your Lingua site manager.

If you are a translator for GV but aren't yet subscribed to the relevant Google Group below, please send a request to join!

These lists all share the same Policy and Guidelines, with managerial responsibility for the group shared between the current Lingua Manager and the Translation Manager of the relevant site.

Language Group Manager
Albanian Global Voices in Albanian Albanian Translation Manager
Amharic Global Voices in Amharic Amharic Translation Manager
Arabic Global Voices in Arabic Arabic Translation Manager
Bangla Global Voices in Bangla Bangla Translation Manager
Bulgarian Global Voices in Bulgarian Bulgarian Translation Manager
Burmese Global Voices in Burmese Burmese Translation Manager
Català Global Voices in Català Català Translation Manager
Chinese Global Voices in Chinese Chinese Translation Manager
Czech Global Voices in Czech Czech Translation Manager
Danish Global Voices in Danish Danish Translation Manager
Dutch Global Voices in Dutch Dutch Translation Manager
Esperanto Global Voices in Esperanto Esperanto Translation Manager
Farsi Global Voices in Farsi Farsi Translation Manager
Filipino Global Voices in Filipino Filipino Translation Manager
French Global Voices in French French Translation Manager
German Global Voices in German German Translation Manager
Greek Global Voices in Greek Greek Translation Manager
Hebrew Global Voices in Hebrew Hebrew Translation Manager
Hindi  Global Voices in Hindi  Hindi Translation Manager
Hungarian Global Voices in Hungarian Hungarian Translation Manager
Indonesian Global Voices in Indonesian Indonesian Translation Manager
Italian Global Voices in Italian Italian Translation Manager
Japanese Global Voices in Japanese Japanese Translation Manager
Khmer Global Voices in Khmer Khmer Translation Manager
Korean Global Voices in Korean Korean Translation Manager
Macedonian   Global Voices in Macedonian  Macedonian Translation Manager 
Nubian Global Voices in Nubian Nubian Translation Manager
Odia Global Voices in Odia Odia Translation Manager
Polska Global Voices in Polska Polish Translation manager
Portuguese Global Voices in Portuguese Portuguese Translation manager
Punjabi Global Voices in Punjabi Punjabi Translation manager
Romanian Global Voices in Romanian Romanian Translation manager
Russian Global Voices in Russian Russian Translation manager
Serbian Global Voices in Serbian Serbian Translation manager
Spanish Global Voices in Spanish Spanish Translation manager
Swahili Global Voices in Swahili Swahili Translation manager
Swedish Global Voices in Swedish Swedish Translation manager
Turkish Global Voices in Turkish Turkish Translation manager
Ukrainian Global Voices in Ukrainian Ukrainian Translation manager
Urdu Global Voices in Urdu Urdu Translation manager
Uzbek Global Voices in Uzbek Uzbek Translation manager
Yoruba Global Voices in Yoruba Yoruba Translation manager


Lingua into English translators

These are specialized groups focusing on the important project of ensuring posts written in other languages are quickly translated into English so they can be accessible to as many people (and translators) as possible.

These groups all share  GV Special Topics Google Groups – Shared Policy and Guidelines as their official guidelines. The managers of each group are the Lingua Director and relevant Lingua manager.

If you'd like to be involved in one of these groups, please contact the respective newsroom editor, who can be found on the Our People page.

Language Group Manager
Portuguese  Global Voices Portuguese to English  Brazil Editor & Lusophone Africa Editor 
Russian Global Voices Russian to English Eurasia Editor
Spanish Global Voices Spanish to English Latin America Editor
French Global Voices French into English Francophone Editor

Notes on Google Groups

Privacy warning

Conversations on the Global Voices Google Groups are considered private to the community and not for public dissemination. At the same time, privacy cannot be guaranteed in any large group, so please do not share sensitive information via. Google Groups. See Communication and Safety Guidelines for more information.

Applying for group membership

If you feel you should be a member of any of the groups listed above, please apply to join!

  • Click the group link above to go to the homepage of that Google Group
  • If there is a link to Apply for membership you can use it to directly request to be added to the group, if not you can use the contact the owner and the manager link to send a message to the manager.
  • In either scenario, please always include the following information in the text box of your request so we can validate that you are who you say you are:
    • Your full name as it displays on your Global Voices profile
    • Your email used on GV sites
    • A link to your GV profile on the GV site where you contribute
    • The name of your editors or translation managers who know you
    • How you participate in GV and why you should be on the list

When you submit this application or message the list manager will be notified and will check you out and add you to the list as soon as possible.

Updating your Profile

We ask that all members of Google Groups update their profile to have as much information as they feel comfortable with, including name, blog link, photo, email address, geographic location, and phone number. This information can be very helpful to administrators and fellow members who use the group directory search.

Email delivery settings

Screenshot of the membership settings on a google group

Example of the personal subscription settings in a Google Group.

Many people don't have the time to read all emails in all lists, so it is very good to customize your Membership and email settings and specifically the Email delivery preference option according to your capacity/interest. Options include receiving all emails directly, getting a daily summary, or getting no email at all (in which case you can visit the group homepage to use it like a web “forum”).

To change your email delivery settings:

  • Visit the group homepage, either using the links above or by going to groups.google.com and finding the group in the sidebar.
  • Find the My Settings  button (a little person with a gear icon), click it, then choose Membership and email settings
  • Review the information there and pick the Email delivery preference option that meets your needs then click Save.


To unsubscribe to any of our groups:

  • Go to the group homepage as described above
  • Fine the My Settings button and click it
  • Choose Leave this group

Remember that it isn't necessary to leave the group to stop receiving email! If you are just overwhelmed by the amount of posts, you can use the Email delivery settings described above to stop getting messages in your inbox, and instead check the group when you are curious using the forum feature.

If you are leaving Global Voices for good, it is always good to let your editor know and say goodbye. Sorry to see you go!