On the 18th of June, 2012 the Institute for Public Environment Development started work on “Bulgarian Civic Agenda 2.0 or Cyberactivism - The Bridge Between Civil Society and Technology Based Community”, supported by the CEE Trust.
The project aims to:
- increase the awareness about the opportunities for collaboration between the ICT community and the civil society organizations in order to develop and implement digital tools for evaluation of public policies and the democratic development of the institutions based on the use of open data and the new technologies.
- exchange knowledge and tools between the ICT community and the civil society organizations to ensure advantage in the development of alternative discourses; exposing the unrealistic promises and demagogic populist rhetoric and advocate of preferred policy alternatives.
- increase the capacity of the NGOs to use the set of digital tools of data and civic journalism for a better advocacy for civil causes and a greater impact despite the resistance of the mainstream media to the civic agenda.
As a part of the project the Institute will develop training modules and a video handbook for data journalism and visualization of data. The ICT will train representatives of the civil society leaders how to use digital tools, use and visualize open data. Bloggers and experts in social media will present tools for civic journalism and work in network.