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Voting opens for best in online activism at The Bobs


160330_thebobs16_milestoneposting_vote_now_600x240pxAfter receiving over 2,300 nominations for The Bobs 2016, our esteemed jury members have narrowed the field to 126 finalists.

The nominations consist of five finalists for each of the 14 language categories and 14 finalists for each of the four special, multilingual categories: Social Change, Tech for Good, Arts and Culture and Citizen Journalism.

Now we’re handing the reins over to you, the voting public. Polls are now open for you to vote for your favorite website, app, person or project in all The Bobs’ categories.

The top vote-getters will win The Bobs 2016 User Awards. Our jury members will meet in Berlin to determine the winners of this year’s Jury Awards in the four special, multilingual categories.

“We congratulate all of the people and projects who have been nominated for The Bobs 2016. It is an honor to recognize so many selfless and hard-working people toiling on the front lines of social change and freedom of expression,” said Julia Bernstorf, the deputy head of Innovative Programming at Deutsche Welle.

Deutsche Welle and The Bobs have been recognizing people and projects that epitomize our organizations’ ideals of free speech and online activism for the last 12 years.

“There are a number of awards that recognize achievements in freedom of speech, human rights activism, traditional journalism and technology but there’s no other awards program I can think of that has a similar breadth and scope,” said Georgia Popplewell, the English jury member and managing director of Global Voices.

“The flexibility with which The Bobs has shifted and adjusted to accommodate the rapid changes that have taken place in the online space is also something quite special,” she added.

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Follow The Bobs 2016 on Twitter and Facebook for updates as the voting continues.

This year’s Jury Award winners will be invited to a ceremony as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on June 14 in Bonn, Germany.

Good luck to all the nominees!

Thanks for thousands of ideas


Voting starts at The Bobs on March 31 - #thebobs16We received more than 2,300 submissions from around the world for this year’s The Bobs – Best of Online Activism. Thank you very much for your support and letting us know about so many excellent people and projects.

All the submissions are now on their way to our international jury members. It’s up to them to evaluate the sites and create a list of nominees in all of The Bobs’ categories.

On March 31, we will announce the nominees for this year’s contest in all 14 languages and open voting for the User Awards. Then you’ll have until May 2 to catch up on online activism around the globe and cast your vote for the work you like best

Our jury member will also be using that time to consider who should win in The Bobs’ four multilingual categories. Jury members will meet in Berlin at the end of April to discuss the nominees and vote for the winners.

All the winners of The Bobs awards will be announced on May 2.

Now it’s time for the jury to get to work. We’ll be back with the nominees on March 31.

Submissions welcome!


submit online activism projects to #thebobs16You have until March 3 to enter suggestions for The Bobs 2016 in all the contests languages and categories.

What’s allowed

We welcome all formats, so please submit blogs, podcasts, social network profiles, platforms and projects. We do require that everything entered in the contest is available to the public and sticks to the other rules and criteria we’ve outlined.

What languages are allowed?

The contest’s languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Anything submitted to The Bobs needs to be in one of these 14 languages.

Who can make suggestions?

Anyone using the Internet is allowed to submit sites and projects to The Bobs. Please remember, once you’ve entered the contest, you’re in. The number of times a site is suggested to The Bobs does not influence whether it reaches the contest’s second stage.

What happens to the suggested sites?

All your submissions are presented to our international and independent jury who with the help of Deutsche Welle staff create a list of nominees that we’ll present here on March 31. As soon as the list reaches the public, online voting to determine the winners of the User Award in each category will begin.

So what’s the plan?

International jury? Online voting? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. First, it’s up to you to share your Internet heros with us. Who is doing important, inspirational and excellent work to promote online freedom and freedom of expression? We want to know!

We’re looking forward to seeing what you share.

The Bobs 2016 kick off on February 4


The Bobs Starting SoonNot much longer to wait now! From February 4 to March 3, we will be taking your suggestions for The Bobs 2016.

Submissions are open to anyone using the internet and don’t cost a single penny, but everything submitted to The Bobs has to be in one of the contest’s 14 languages (they’re Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian).

There are four multilingual categories at #thebobs16 – these are the places where projects from around the world compete for laurels as the winners of the Jury Award, handed out by an independent, international jury, and Users’ Award, whose winners will be decided in an online vote. Here are the four multilingual categories:

  • Social Change
  • Tech for Good
  • Arts and Culture
  • Citizen Journalism

There is also a Users’ Award waiting to honor one project or person in each of The Bobs’ languages.

And that’s not all! Deutsche Welle will again be handing out its Freedom of Speech Award as a special part of The Bobs.

All the winners of The Bobs 2016 will be announced in Berlin in early May. A ceremony for the winners of the Jury Awards and the Freedom of Speech Award will take place on June 14 in Bonn, Germany, as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

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