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

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Fri Mar 22 09:33:43 PDT 2013


I assumed the same.  It's just an odd caveat in the context of US
State Department's public relations drive about innovation.

On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 7:46 AM, Katy P <katycarvt at gmail.com> 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 gmail.com> 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:
>>
>> ---
>> INTERNET
>> 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.
>>
>>
>> http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ukraine-suffers-digital-divide-study--793094
>>
>> yrs,
>> ----
>>
>> Shava Nerad
>> shava23 at gmail.com
>>
>> On Mar 21, 2013 3:04 PM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at stanford.edu> 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.
>>>
>>> http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/206488.htm
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