Public information data-base www.opendata.ge displays the information requested by IDFI from various public bodies regarding the financial management of these institutions.
On April 16, 2014 ‘Media Advocacy Coalition’ organized the round table meeting. The major topic of the meeting was challenges of digital switchover of the regional and local broadcasters and the problems connected to measuring the Georgian TV ratings.
The main purpose of audience research is to provide assistance and support to advertisers and broadcasters to exactly determine a category and number of viewers/listeners of certain TV/radio broadcaster or program. The most realistic and reliable ratings have a direct impact on strength and survival of regional and low-income media.
TV audience measurement is critical in all countries and there can be hardly found a country where all market players are satisfied with rating measurement results; though in Georgia this issue is not only related to competition between advertising business and media actors but is directly linked to media control issues.
Within the scope of the project “Promoting Internet freedom in South Caucasus” IDFI has been conducting comprehensive research of various directions of internet freedom, which aims at giving better understanding of the existing conditions and challenges in Georgia.
Internet Freedom in Georgia Report N2 When the engineers and scientists started another attempt to increase defense during the Cold War, and eventually sent their first tests of data packets between interconnected computers in the early 1960s, probably very few could have imagined the impact that internet has on daily lives of billions of people nowadays. With the Cold War and its threats long ceased to be on the agenda, internet has gradually spread to virtually all aspects of huma
The renewed opendata.ge has been launched on February 27, 2014 the most voluminous online database in Georgia. The portal serves to improve level of transparency and accountability of the government. By the initiative of OSGF, opendata.ge has been transformed into a single portal of NGOs involved in promoting freedom of information and since now, it will unite public information requested and collected by Institute for Development and Freedom of Information (IDFI), Georgian Young L
On February 7, 2014, the government of Georgia approved an “Action Plan and Recommendations for Switchover to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting”. Drafting of the final document was preceded by a long process of negotiations between governmental bodies and NGO-s concerning main components of the action plan, technical standards and legislative regulations connected to the digital switchover.
Technological platforms utilized for internet services are still considered as a growing technology in Georgia. On the one hand, our country is one of the regional leaders in terms of development of e-governance. However, on the other hand, Georgia has not overcome so called digital gap uneven development of internet accessibility between cities and regions. It is noteworthy that according to International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for informati
Digital Broadcasting Switchover - Challenges and Problems in Georgia The study from IDFI contains those main recommendations that should be reflected in the policy document for the transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. We think that those risks that might threaten the media development and freedom, diversity and the health of the media environment in general will be reduced to a minimum if the abovementioned
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