Using technology to increase political accountability

Feb 29, 2012
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Earlier this month, TOL Executive Director Jeremy Druker participated in the Point conference, a three-day meetup on social media and political accountability in Sarajevo.  

The conference took place from 16-18 February and featured 30 speakers covering five main issues: monitoring governments and advocacy; the openness of governments and public records; elections and the electoral process; education, information,and training; and mobilization and organization.  The event was organized by Sarajevo-based civic association Zašto ne (Why Not) in cooperation with CRTA from Serbia, Metamorphosis from Macedonia, and other organizations from around the region.

Jeremy spoke about the Newstrust.net website and how to identify and share good journalism. With support from IREX and NED, TOL is localizing Newstrust for Azerbaijan. A representative of MediaPoint, TOL’s partner NGO in Moldova, was also present at the event and spoke about the success of their team’s project Alerte.md, a map-based platform for citizens to report social problems in Chisinau.

During the conference, Jeremy also had a chance to sit down and talk with the workshop’s main organizer, Darko Brkan, about his inspiration for the event and its plans for the future.  The idea for the Point conference came, Darko said, as a way to bring different regional groups together to talk about ways to improve political accountability, though the idea soon expanded to include groups from beyond the region as well. “The idea is very simple: It’s sharing experiences and figuring out if the things that have already been done could be used elsewhere,” he said.


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Joshua Boissevain

Joshua Boissevain is a research associate and editorial assistant at Transitions Online. He's also a freelance journalist and photographer based in Prague. Find him on twitter at @joshboissevain.
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