Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally.
So we decided that it was about time to create a blog to make our own information public, invite other experts along for the ride, and do our best to track both the big, business news and the smaller, innovative projects that have been increasingly percolating up from grassroots digital activists, journalists, and others. We will also write about “the intersection of news and technology”, the tagline that was used by the now defunct E-Media Tidbits, an excellent Poynter Institute blog that ended operations last year and also helped inspire Net Prophet.
Lastly, to toot our own horn a little, we’d like to think that Transitions has also played an important role in evangelizing the power of new media for journalism, activism, and other purposes. About five years ago, we started our new media work, one of the first organizations in Central and Eastern Europe to do so. We began with projects in Central Asia and Belarus that explored the potential of blogging as a cost-efficient, powerful instrument of free speech, advocacy, and self-expression, as well as an alternative to state-dominated media. Today, we have emerged as one of the region’s leaders in new media training, continuing to run major projects in Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as Moldova, Belarus, and elsewhere. We run new media and multimedia courses in Prague; we organize Social Innovation Camps and other events; and we often provide small, microgrants to promising new media projects. For more information, please click here.