Net Prophet is a blog produced by Transitions that provides updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
For years, we’ve heard fascinating reports on new media innovations and uses from our project managers in the field, which we’ve in turn included in reports to the donors who fund those projects. But it seemed a pity that the news didn’t go farther.
So we decided that it was time to create a blog to make that information public, invite other experts along for the ride, and do our best to track both the big, business-led news and the innovative projects that have been increasingly percolating up from grassroots digital activists and journalists.
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.
Transitions is an international publishing and media development organization based in Prague and registered as a Czech nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve the professionalism, independence, and impact of the news media in the 30 post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. We also publish Transitions Online, an Internet magazine that covers political, social, cultural, and economic issues in the former communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union. The magazine has a strong network of local contributors, who provide valuable insights into events in the region’s countries.