For more than 40 years, the media in Libya served as a propaganda tool for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But the revolution has brought change not just to the country's leadership, but also to its media environment. Over the past year, Libyans have seen an explosion in brand new media outlets. At least 120 print outlets have sprung up, as well as fresh alternatives on TV and radio. Meanwhile, a new generation of Libyan journalists are enjoying their newfound freedom of expression despite the lack of training and infrastructure. Read more »
Internews, an international nonprofit with offices in Washington, D.C., and Arcata, Calif., has been empowering local media around the world for the last 30 years. It has established training and production centers in local international markets, provided grants to independent media outlets, and worked in universities with up-and-coming journalists. Read more »
USAID/Ukraine’s flagship media support program, Strengthening Independent Media in Ukraine (U-Media) was implemented during 8 years of unprecedented political, economic, and social transition. Five elections (two presidential, two parliamentary, one local), the consolidation of media outlets, and the 2008 economic crisis provided a dynamic backdrop to U-Media’s development efforts. Read more »
Last week's Kabul Innovation Lab brought together ICT experts and entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan to try to develop solutions to address social problems and develop technological solutions. ICT consultant and coordinator Javed Hamdard, and Roya Mahboob, head of the company Afghan Citadel Software, talk to Gareth about the sorts of things they looked at, and the successes and challenges facing the ICT sector in Afghanistan.
Last week I wrote about a Silicon Valley-type of technology “hackathon” in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. It was the Kabul Innovation Lab that was organized by Internews with the input of INSY Group. I caught up with Rachel Maher from Internews Kabul who gave me some post-event highlights and thoughts. Read more »