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Breaking Borders Award

Announcement & Call 4 Nominations

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Nomination FAQs

Breaking Borders Event 2009

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What is the Breaking Borders Award

The Breaking Borders award was set up by Global Voices and Google to highlight the importance of free expression around the world and send a clear message to regimes that censor content both online and offline by honoring an outstanding webprojects by individuals or groups, who have shown courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the internet to promote freedom of expression, ensure that diverse political viewpoints are heard and stand up to those who censor information. 

Who can participate?

Anyone with a relevant online presence can participate. Nominate yourself, a blog, website or other online presence you consider has helped promote the free circulation of ideas, stood up against censorship, helped local communities, raised awareness about a specific issue or cause, mobilised government or supported silenced voices.

Are there any geographical restrictions to participate?

No, the nominee can be based or support a cause anywhere in the world.

How do I nominate?

Fill-out the nomination form here or send us an email to nomination@breakingborders.net. Please understand that we can only accept nominations if you provide the following information: a) the name and contact of the nominee (or the organisation/initiative) b) blog, website or other online presence that shows the value of the nominee, c) why the nominee merits the Breaking Borders Award and c) your contact details so we can get in touch with you should we have further questions.  Also we would highly appreciate if you could send us the contacts of one or two people who know the nominee and his/her work well.

How will the winner be elected?

A group of international experts in the field of media, politics and social activism will thoroughly review all nominations and select the winner. 

Will there only be one winner?

There will be winners in several categories
  • activist or voice that has promoted an important position or argument 
  • tool-maker for online FoE 
  • policy maker or politician 

Will the winner receive a prize?

The awardees will receive a price of $$10'000 each

What is the deadline for nominations?

The deadline for nominations is the 15th of February 2010.

When will the winner be announced?

The awards will be announced in spring 2010.

I would like to upload a video supporting my nomination on the Freedom of Expression@Google  YouTube channel.

Email us on nomination@breakingborders.net (separate to email above) to ask to have your video on our Playlist.