Zurich Blogging Dangerous March24 2007

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Zurich Blogging Dangerous March24 2007

  1. 1. The case of Eastern Europe/Central Asia by Evgeny Morozov/Transitions Online March 24, 2007 Email: morozove@tol.org Blogging in Dangerous Places
  2. 2. Russia <ul><li>MSM appropriated by Kremlin </li></ul><ul><li>Opposition politicians forced to go online </li></ul><ul><li>New forum for intellectual debates </li></ul><ul><li>New venue for “kitchen talk”/samizdat </li></ul>
  3. 4. Russia-continued <ul><li>Can’t be an engaged public intellectual and be missing from LiveJournal </li></ul><ul><li>From blogosphere to MSM—and back (Kononenko)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Regional reporting: citizen media can do much better </li></ul><ul><li>Result: Kremlin making significant steps to co-opt it/block it selectively </li></ul>
  4. 6. Belarus <ul><li>5 years ahead of Russia in terms of authoritarianism </li></ul><ul><li>The dichotomy between MSM/new media is a false one </li></ul><ul><li>Blogosphere is the MSM in Belarus; fulfilling its role </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers start reprinting full-text blog posts </li></ul>
  5. 7. Belarus <ul><li>Using Internet for advocacy/mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the Internet for organized protests/blocking </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the Internet for flashmobs </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the Internet for dissiminating prohibited material </li></ul>
  6. 12. Belarus: what’s missing <ul><li>More trainings in anonymity/online security </li></ul><ul><li>From online to offline communities: the book of accounts during the March protests </li></ul><ul><li>Building the infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>“ Outsmarting” the authorities </li></ul>
  7. 15. Central Asia <ul><li>Even more repressive than Belarus/Russia </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller Internet penetration rates </li></ul><ul><li>Need for more outreach/engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Even more trainings on online anonimity </li></ul><ul><li>Kicking-off discussions that are otherwise avoided in state-controlled MSM </li></ul>
  8. 19. Finding new business models <ul><li>Syndicating professional regional blogging commentary to MSM (Global Voices/Reuters)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>BlogBurst's model (USAToday/Reuters)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Finding new ways to enhance the traditional reporting: crowdsourcing, open-source </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting, Assignment Zero/new models for foreign correspondents </li></ul>
  9. 23. Source: Citizen Media, Fad or Future of the News, Feb2007, JLAB
  10. 26. Source: State of the News Media 2007
  11. 28. Questions? Email: morozove@tol.org
  12. 29. 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 ;-)

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