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Zurich Blogging Dangerous March24 2007

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    Zurich Blogging Dangerous March24 2007 Zurich Blogging Dangerous March24 2007 Presentation Transcript

    • The case of Eastern Europe/Central Asia by Evgeny Morozov/Transitions Online March 24, 2007 Email: morozove@tol.org Blogging in Dangerous Places
    • Russia
      • MSM appropriated by Kremlin
      • Opposition politicians forced to go online
      • New forum for intellectual debates
      • New venue for “kitchen talk”/samizdat
    • Russia-continued
      • Can’t be an engaged public intellectual and be missing from LiveJournal
      • From blogosphere to MSM—and back (Kononenko)‏
      • Regional reporting: citizen media can do much better
      • Result: Kremlin making significant steps to co-opt it/block it selectively
    • Belarus
      • 5 years ahead of Russia in terms of authoritarianism
      • The dichotomy between MSM/new media is a false one
      • Blogosphere is the MSM in Belarus; fulfilling its role
      • Newspapers start reprinting full-text blog posts
    • Belarus
      • Using Internet for advocacy/mobilization
      • Use of the Internet for organized protests/blocking
      • Use of the Internet for flashmobs
      • Use of the Internet for dissiminating prohibited material
    • Belarus: what’s missing
      • More trainings in anonymity/online security
      • From online to offline communities: the book of accounts during the March protests
      • Building the infrastructure
      • “ Outsmarting” the authorities
    • Central Asia
      • Even more repressive than Belarus/Russia
      • Smaller Internet penetration rates
      • Need for more outreach/engagement
      • Even more trainings on online anonimity
      • Kicking-off discussions that are otherwise avoided in state-controlled MSM
    • Finding new business models
      • Syndicating professional regional blogging commentary to MSM (Global Voices/Reuters)‏
      • BlogBurst's model (USAToday/Reuters)‏
      • Finding new ways to enhance the traditional reporting: crowdsourcing, open-source
      • Reporting, Assignment Zero/new models for foreign correspondents
    • Source: Citizen Media, Fad or Future of the News, Feb2007, JLAB
    • Source: State of the News Media 2007
    • Questions? Email: morozove@tol.org
    • disclaimer: I've done my best to attribute slides, graphs and screenshots used in this presentation. Nobody is perfect, and some of them may have slipped in unclaimed – apologies to the original right holders. Let's hope that my frivolous use of your graphs or tables falls under fair use ;-)