Project Title: Promoting Internet freedom in South Caucasus
Project Funded: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia and Armenia
Project Budget: Total budget EUR 149.854 (IDFI budget - 18.400 EURO)
Project Duration: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
Coordinator Organization: Stichting Free Press Unlimited
Partner Organizations: Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS), Azerbaijan
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Georgia
Yerevan Press Club (YPC), Armenia
Project Description: During the project period, distinguished media analysts, media lawyers, Internet activists, ICT experts from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan will be working closely together in order to address the challenges of Internet freedom in the South Caucasus. This group of professionals will be associated with three prominent local organizations, namely the IRFS, IDFI and YPC.
Project Goal: The project aims to promote Internet freedom in the South Caucasus through research, monitoring, advocacy and training. It aims to expand and consolidate freedom of speech through establishing of a regional platform where democratic changes are stimulated and promoted through campaigns and story sharing.
1. To strengthen the capacity of three partner organizations to monitor Internet development and freedom in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan – broadening the diversity of available information empowering citizens in acting against lack of democracy and transparency.
2. To strengthen the capacity of Internet activists, bloggers and advocates from the three countries enabling them to use the vast experience and expertise in promotion of free Internet practices.
3. To establish a regional platform which brings knowledge, stories, and research together, tapping on all regional resources in order to consolidate Internet access, Internet literacy and push for democratic change.
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