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I am known for my silence,

But I can also be kind of loud.

I can be found throughout the world,

But I cannot be found naturally.

I am voiceless,

Yet I am voiced everyday.

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

What am I?

Hint 1

I am used for communication.

Hint 2

My use is demonstrated within this riddle.

Hint 3

The first two lines give me away.

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  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Sometimes I am born in silence $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 22 '18 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ Nope. This might be too broad though, I will add another line. $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 22 '18 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds good -- thanks very much for your quick response! I will retract my vote. $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 22 '18 at 18:31
  • $\begingroup$ Are you a fart? $\endgroup$ – filip Aug 23 '18 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ @filip heheh silent, but deadly :P $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 23 '18 at 12:15

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Are you

The letter K?

I am known for my silence,

The silent K in KNOWN

But I can also be kind of loud.

The loud K in KIND

I can be found throughout the world,

K's are used in all sorts of languages around the world.

But I cannot be found naturally.

It's a human constructed letter/sound used to mean something.

I am voiceless,

Letters can't talk. Also, from @jafe, K is a voiceless consonant. (Thanks, @jafe!!)

Yet I am voiced everyday.

People say the letter K every day.

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

The letter K starts at the back of the throat when you say it (the kuh sound) and comes forward through the mouth (the ayy sound).

Hints:

Used for communication
Yes, letters are used for communication
My use is demonstrated within this riddle.
Yes, Ks are used in this riddle
The first two lines give me away.
They do, because of the different sounds that the hard and silent Ks make in the first two lines.

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  • $\begingroup$ As for line 5, rot13[x vf n ibvpryrff pbafbanag] :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 24 '18 at 3:43
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Are you

Achmed the dead terrorist?

I am known for my silence,

He is known for shouting "SILENCE! I KILL YOU!"

But I can also be kind of loud

He is known for shouting "SILENCE! I KILL YOU!"

I can be found throughout the world,

Jeff Dunham, the ventriloquist, probably went around the world with Achmed after he went viral.

But I cannot be found naturally.

Achmed is a manmade ventriloquist puppet

I am voiceless,

He does not have his own voice

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Jeff practices Achmed's voice every day.

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

As with all ventriloquist-puppets, the ventriloquist's hand enters throught it's back where it has to make it's way forward until it reaches the face

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    $\begingroup$ I love this answer! +1 $\endgroup$ – GileBrt Aug 23 '18 at 14:35
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Are you

AN OPINION?

I am known for my silence,

Most people form silent opinions about other people or issues.

But I can also be kind of loud.

Some people's opinions are vocal.

I can be found throughout the world,

Everybody has opinions.

But I cannot be found naturally.

They're constructs of animals' (especially humans') thoughts.

I am voiceless,

Opinions can't speak for themselves.

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Lots of people enjoy voicing their opinions every day.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess, I have added another line to make it less broad. $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 22 '18 at 18:38
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Are you

a flag?

I am known for my silence,

But I can also be kind of loud.

Flags are physically silent but visually vibrant in colour

I can be found throughout the world,

But I cannot be found naturally.

Collections of people everywhere represent themselves with flags, but they are a wholly human creation.

I am voiceless,

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Flags themselves are meaningless without context (therefore have no voice), but people speak on their behalf in many contexts. The Pledge of Allegiance is an excellent example of giving a flag a voice.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very clever. I have added another line to make it less broad. $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 22 '18 at 18:38
  • $\begingroup$ Technically, when my word flaps in the wind, the "wave" begins at the back and makes its way forward :P $\endgroup$ – flashstorm Aug 22 '18 at 18:39
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Are you, perhaps:

Radio

I am known for my silence:

Radio silence is a term for not communicating

But I can also be kind of loud:

Yep, especially if one turns it up to 11

I can be found throughout the world:

Check (even in Antarctica)

But I cannot be found naturally:

Radio waves do occur naturally (lightning / some stars & other astronomical objects) but radio itself does not

I am voiceless:

It is a medium and so has no voice of its own

Yet I am voiced everyday:

By amplification of a select part of the modulated signal we can listen to all sorts of news, opinion and entertainment on the "wireless"

I begin at the back and make my way forward:

Radio broadcasts are transmitted using radio waves which are a band of electromagnetic radiation, which propagate (forward?) through space-time.

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Are you

"."?

I am known for my silence,

While reading a "." you aren't saying anything

But I can also be kind of loud.

A "." can be found in an "!"

I can be found throughout the world,

Almost all languages use "." to finish their sentences

But I cannot be found naturally.

Languages are still a human construct, "." is therefore also one

I am voiceless,

Again, it isn't "read" in a sentence

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Sentences are used in any language, so are "."s

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

Every sentence is finished with a "."

Hints:

I am used for communication.

Communication = Language

My use is demonstrated within this riddle.

"."s are used on every second line of the riddle

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Are you

READING? (Or possibly THINKING?)

I am known for my silence,

As in, silent reading. (Thinking is also silent)

But I can also be kind of loud.

You can read out loud/for storytime. (As in thinking out loud)

I can be found throughout the world,

People all around the world know how to read. (And they think all the time)

But I cannot be found naturally.

Nobody "naturally" knows how to read things. (Nobody "naturally" knows how to think, this skill is developed over time)

I am voiceless,

Reading has no voice. (Neither does thinking)

Yet I am voiced everyday.

When you read something, you often voice opinions based on what you've read. (You also voice your thoughts)

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

The back/top of the page towards the front/end of the page? (The back of the skull to the front? Or the vocal cords to the mouth?)

The hints:

I am used for communication.
Reading is an important part of communication. (So is thinking)
My use is demonstrated within this riddle.
We had to read the riddle in order to solve it. (We also had to think to solve it)

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Are you

The common man? (ideology)

I am known for my silence,

Underrepresented, unseen, practically unnoticeable.

But I can also be kind of loud.

Strikes, unions, rallies, etc.

But I cannot be found naturally.

Middle class has to be created, because society tends to build up a more feudal based society.

I am voiceless,

Alone, the common man can do nothing.

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Socialist Parties.

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

True in most aspects of common man ideology. You start at the bottom and you work your way to the top.

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Are you:

Writings (Paragraphs/Text/English)

I am known for my silence,

Writings don't make noises

But I can also be kind of loud.

But can create discussions

I can be found throughout the world,

Everyone uses them all over the world

But I cannot be found naturally.

But was created by people

I am voiceless,

Literally has no voices (no sound)

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Used to voice opinions

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

You start reading it from the top to bottom or left to right (Maybe back to forward implies that?)

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  • $\begingroup$ Incorrect, but you're heading in the right direction. $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 23 '18 at 13:45
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Are you

The letter "H"

I am known for my silence,

Often "dropped" in many words, dialects and languages

But I can also be kind of loud.

HA!

I can be found throughout the world,

Pretty much everyone uses the "h" sound

But I cannot be found naturally.

?

I am voiceless,

"H" is an "unvoiced" consonant

Yet I am voiced everyday.

Used in so many words

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

Sound beings in the back of the throat and moves towards the front

The hints:

I am used for communication: As are all letters
My use is demonstrated within this riddle: The letter h is used here

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    $\begingroup$ You're very close! $\endgroup$ – casey Aug 23 '18 at 19:13
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Are you

Electricity?

I am known for my silence, But I can also be kind of loud

Usually works silently, but when an instrument bursts, it can make a loud sound. Or can be thought of as speakers.

I can be found throughout the world, But I cannot be found naturally.

Used around the world, but can only be generated by artificial means

I am voiceless, Yet I am voiced everyday.

Electricity by itself has no voice. But is used for talking on phones, VOIP etc.

I begin at the back and make my way forward.

Maybe you can say it makes its way from behind the screen to on the screen/UI for things like desktops and phones

And the title

Electric cars and vehicles are known to be much more silent than others

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