Posts by Elza Ketsbaia

4M Forum in Tbilisi

Nov 22, 2013
Regional 4M Forum brought more than one hundred journalists, media professionals and online activists from the south Caucasus and other European countries to Tbilisi to discuss today’s pressing issues of the Internet and online media on November 14-15.
The forum presented the south Caucasus participants with opportunities for networking and an open environment for sharing challenges and problems faced in the field. The collaborative atmosphere allowed participants to find out how other journalists from other countries deal with similar obstacles.

German freelance reporter Deborah Wild, who is now based in Yerevan, said,  “The forum showed the importance of social media in various situations and most essentially showed that there is a great difference between countries. In some countries social media has become the tool to get the messages out, because journalists can not report by traditional means, like for example, in Azerbaijan and Belarus. While in Georgia, it is a very different situation, as social media tools are used as a platform for discussion.”
The forum consisted of 17 sessions, and sample topics included: new economic models in a new media environment,  crowd funding as a tool to encourage a sustainable media, citizen participation in news gathering, and increased cooperation among citizen and professional journalists.
Canal France International organized the 2013 4M Forum.

Georgian blogger leads online charity campaign

Aug 1, 2012

Givi Avaliani is among the few bloggers in Georgia who rarely write about personal experience and instead focus on online campaigns and charity activities in Georgia in the country. He lives in Kutaisi, which is second largest city in the country.
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Tbilisi to get full, free wifi coverage

Jun 12, 2012

Very soon, the capital of Georgia will be among the cities that have full wireless coverage.  This is expected to happen before the end of the year. Description: Read More »

Georgian political rivalry gets heated on Facebook

May 17, 2012

A rivalry has broken out on Facebook between the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, and Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire and opposition leader. Read More »

Crowdfunding offers lifeboat to Georgians

May 7, 2012

The crowdfunding fad has now made its way to Georgia and seems to have some potential. Launched just a few weeks ago, already has almost 300 contributors funding 21 projects; together, they’ve pledged 9,193 GEL ($5,650). Read More »

‘How to actually be creative’ a hit from TEDx Tbilisi

Mar 21, 2012

Andro Dgebuadze is the most popular TEDxTbilisi presenter on YouTube. More than 3,200 people have viewed his talk, far outnumbering the other speakers hovering at 700. Read More »

Medvedev’s Facebook page blocked for Georgians

Feb 24, 2012

Hundreds of posts demanding the withdrawal of Russian solders from Georgia’s breakaway regions on Russian president Dimitry Medvedev’s Facebook page were removed by the administrator, and Georgian users were blocked from accessing the site. Online activists, consisting of users, wanted to express their position concerning Russian policy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Read More »

A multimedia newsroom for the future takes shape in Georgia

Feb 9, 2012

A new newsroom opening soon in Tbilisi will allow students a chance to have hands-on experience with their future. Read More »

Internet usage in Georgia

Jan 30, 2012

Only two percent of internet users in Georgia run their own blogs or read other blogs, forty percent mainly connect internet for social networks, twenty percent use to learn news, Forty-five percent search information, – a result of survey carried out by the Caucasus Research Resource Centre (CRRC) in 2009 and 2011 following the order by Eurasia Partnership Foundation. Read More »

Georgia prepares for TEDxTbilisi

Jan 20, 2012

On February 11, 2012, the event TEDxTbilisi, devoted to the ideas worth spreading, will take place at Tbilisi State University. The theme is “The Long View”.  The thirteen Georgian and foreigner speakers were chosen from different fields, ranging from science, music, art or diplomacy. Read More »

Georgian Monuments on Google Map

Jan 12, 2012
A few months after Georgia appeared on Google Map, 100 cultural heritage monuments of Georgia were available on the most visited virtual map. the monuments includes exact location, history and all other details, including photos. The visitors to Google Map have the opportunity to find out all kind of information about those monuments. Read More »

Video of political stunt goes viral in Georgia

Dec 5, 2011

A video of Shalva Natelashvili protesting against President Mikheil Saakashvili’s politics in front of the White House in Washington, DC, has gone viral in Georgia. The video has become popular on Facebook.

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Online bookstore targets Georgian language

Nov 28, 2011

The website recently launched the first electronic book shop in Georgia. The company provides the “Yota Reader” completely adapted to the Georgian language.

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Georgia’s most popular man

Nov 7, 2011

He is the most popular Georgian on Facebook, and the number of his fans increased after a recent announcement by his billionaire father, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s richest man according to Forbes, with an estimated worth of $5.5billion. Ivanishvili declared that he would form a political party and take part in the 2012 parliamentary elections.

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