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[liberationtech] US State Dept Discourages Using Technology to Promote Democracy, Human Rights, and Citizen Engagement in Ukraine?

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Fri Mar 22 08:36:35 PDT 2013

I just really don't see why this is a big deal.  So State's funding
priorities for tech stuff aren't about those subjects.  So what?

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM, Katy P <katycarvt at> wrote:

> My guess is that since money is already allocated for tech, they wanted to
> ensure that programs that weren't tech focused had some funds too.
> (Just a guess).
> On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at> wrote:
>> Evgeny got to them. ;)
>> More seriously, does anyone have digital divide info - cultural and
>> financial - on Ukraine?  Tech is not the solution for all cultures.
>> Beer is the correct solution for some.  A thousand cups of tea for others.
>> Maybe State knows something we don't?
>> Like:
>> ---
>> Ukraine suffers digital divide - study
>> Tuesday 22 March 2011 | 15:40 CET | News
>> There is still a significant difference in household internet access
>> across Ukraine, according to a study by GfK Ukraine. Internet penetration
>> was just 12 percent in rural areas in Q4 2010, reports BizLigaNet. The
>> figure rises to 25 percent in towns with a population below 50,000 and 38
>> percent of households in cities with more than 500,000 residents.
>> yrs,
>> ----
>> Shava Nerad
>> shava23 at
>> On Mar 21, 2013 3:04 PM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at> wrote:
>>> Fostering Civic Engagement in Ukraine (approximately $500,000
>>> available): DRL’s objective is to support the role of civil society in
>>> policy formation and enhancing accountability and responsiveness of
>>> government officials in Ukraine. The program will support civil
>>> society to foster an inclusive and participatory democratic system of
>>> government and hold politicians and public officials more accountable
>>> to constituents. In order to foster more unity among civil society
>>> efforts, the program should support post-election advocacy on areas of
>>> policy formation and implementation such as ongoing efforts related to
>>> elections and election law reform; freedom of assembly legislation;
>>> and/or reversing legislation restricting the rights of vulnerable or
>>> marginalized populations. The program should also examine how well
>>> existing laws are implemented and help civil society ensure that
>>> citizens can use official institutions and mechanisms to exercise
>>> their rights. Program activities could include, but are not limited
>>> to: support for activities to encourage debate and advocacy by
>>> citizens and civil society organizations, small grants to civil
>>> society for monitoring and/or advocacy activities, creating regional
>>> civil society partnerships to increase civil society unity on advocacy
>>> efforts, or connecting Ukrainian civil society with their counterparts
>>> in one or more countries in the region through NGO-to-NGO exchanges
>>> and mentoring in order to take advantage of shared post-communist and
>>> transition experiences. Successful proposals will demonstrate a strong
>>> knowledge of civil society in Ukraine and an established ability to
>>> work with regional civil society groups.
>>> DRL strongly discourages health, technology, or science- related
>>> projects unless they have an explicit component related to the
>>> requested program objectives listed above.
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