New Media in the Former Soviet Union

Civil Society, New Media, and the Future of Development

Sponsored by the International Development Forum and in partnership with the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Institute for Development Studies, and Internews, IPDGC hosted two panels events featuring discussions around new media in crisis environments, as well as the evolution of newsrooms in the former Soviet Union.

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Mobilizing New Media in Crisis Environments

  • Moldova: New communications technology in political crisis
  • Caucasus: Citizen/new media journalism in conflict regions
  • Russian wildfires: Crowdsourcing and Ushahidi in emergency situations
  • Kyrgyzstan: The blogosphere as a source of information in a situation of conflict


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: The Convergent Newsroom in the Former Soviet Union

  • Convergent Newsroom in Tajikistan "Leapfrogging" and other solutions for a low-tech, and low-resource media environment.
  • Convergent Newsroom in Russia: Activating civil society and user generated content in traditional media
  • Convergent newsroom development: Small markets and the recession