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The 2011-2012 campaign in Russia provided ample material for political satire, which due to censorship of traditional media found a home on the Internet. “Citizen and Poet” is a brilliant example. The poet Dmitry Bykow regularly reinterpreted the works of Russian and other classic poets and used the late poets’ words to comment on the previous day’s events. The actor Michail Efremov presented the parodies in a series of videos. In addition to laughter, the videos also had a role in generating an interest in politics among young Runet users. The project was originally broadcast on the Internet TV station “Rain” but was pulled after five episodes, presumably because of the dicey political content. The online platform currently holds first broadcast rights.


7iber writes that it “provides original, creative and interesting content, seeking to better inform our audience of untapped Jordanian issues as well as providing local perspectives and first-hand accounts of news, politics, arts and culture.” The site’s coverage of the cultural matters is distinctive and it also includes calendars of events taking place in Jordan. Topics up for discussion include theater, the environment, as well as photos and videos from Jordan. 7iber also hosts debates offline to discuss political, cultural and social issues.


Darsnameh provides a platform for free, distance learning for Persian speaking Internet users. Lessons are sent via e-mail, which is important in Iran – where extensive Internet filtering can make it difficult to access website-based course materials. Darsnameh provides a variety of courses, on topics from photography and cinema to use of online services such as Twitter and Google Analytics to media studies. Course have a designated level and prerequisites and many courses are parts of longer programs. For example, the multimedia program is composed of seven courses which cover general materials prepared for citizen-journalists to specific content offered to individuals interested in audio/video editing for the purpose of Web-based publication.

Blog da Escola Penitenciária de Florianópolis

A school for prisoners in Florianópolis was founded more than 35 yeas ago and helps inmates finish schooling to receive a secondary school degree. The blog serves as a way for the school to spread the word about what it does and to support educators by sharing their experiences. Brazil currently has about 500,000 people in prison, third only to the USA and China.


Fasokan in Mali promotes local languages and cultures on his bilingual, personal blog. He introduced village people to the Internet and basic search on the Web during an educational cruise on river Niger in Mali.


Gunijan is the go-to website for detailed profiles of many of the most prominent writers and artists of Bangladesh as well as West Bengal. It also gives profiles of the freedom fighters who participated in Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971. There are CD copies of the entire project, which allows people in rural areas to access the archive, regardless of whether they are connected to the Internet. This web journal is run by a voluntary team and anyone can contribute to the Gunijan initiative by providing information, photographs, and publications.

TED to China

TED to China is an independent TED tribute project operated and maintained by volunteers. This non-profit project was founded in 2009 by two TED fans. It provides original videos along with a Chinese translation of manuscripts. The goal is to provide this content to the Chinese Web users.

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy provides a growing library of educational materials, tracks progress of users studying its courses, is CC-licensed, and, perhaps most importantly, has popularized the idea of flipping the classroom by enabling digital media resources.


This interactive site takes a playful approach to doing away with gender clichés.

Atalaya Al Andalus

Written by a half-Moroccan, half-French journalist, Atalaya de Al-Andalus deals with the common history and culture from southern Spain and Muslim countries of north Africa. The blog also address some cultural movements concerning the history of the area and serves as a platform for readers to exchange information.

Akademi Berbagi

Akademi Berbagi is a nonprofit social movement that aims to share knowledge and experience. The site organizes short classes and provides access to experts and practitioners in their respective fields. The classes change according to the availability of classroom space provided by donors. After starting on Twitter, Akademi Berbagi opened its first class in July 2010 in Jakarta. It attempts to combine online with offline activities, and now has various classes in many cities across Indonesia.