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Intercultural Dialogue, Civic Participation and Human Rights in the Digital Sphere[Experiences from Macedonia]

Filip Stojanovski

Metamorphosis Foundation

International Round Table: Intercultural Dialogue and Digital Culture, датум


Republic of macedonia
Republic of Macedonia in the Digital Sphere

  • Population: 2 million

  • Independence: 1991, UN membership: 1993

  • EU candidate status: 2005, no negotiation start date yet

  • Internet penetration >30%

  • Workforce with university degrees ~ 10%

  • eGovernment services sophistication average ~50%


Macedonia a multicultural society

Ethnic and linguistic diversity in the Digital Sphere

Macedonians 64%

Albanians 25%

Turks 4%

Roma 3%

Serbs 2%

Bosniaks 1%

Aromanians (Vlach) 0.5 %

& including Egyptians, Croats, Slovenes, Jews…

Diverse religious heritage

Orthodox Christians 66%

Muslims 33%

Less than 1% includes Catholic Christians, Methodist Christians, Jews…

Macedonia, a multicultural society


Elements of intercultural dialogue
Elements of Intercultural Dialogue in the Digital Sphere

  • Acknowledge the presence

  • Show and receive respect

  • Know about each other

  • Work together

  • Solve problems

  • Live together


Digital content needed
Digital Content Needed! in the Digital Sphere

  • Software localization

    • FOSS (Linux, OpenOffice.org…)

    • Microsoft (Windows, MS Office)

  • Educational eContent

  • Insignificant amount of user-generated content in local languages other than Macedonian


Need for educational econtent
Need for educational eContent in the Digital Sphere

  • Localization of software in Macedonian and Albanian to be used in schools

  • Adapting of school curriculum

  • Publishing digital content for the children, esp. textbooks

  • Implementing Open Access

    • (only 2 OA journals so far)


Content of government websites
Content of Government Websites in the Digital Sphere

  • In general

    • Without adopted standards

    • Sporadic updates

  • Central level

    • One-way communication

    • Macedonian and English language used

  • Local level

    • Macedonian, Albanian and some English

    • Low level of citizen participation

    • Closing of forums & similar tools


Presenting macedonia to the world
Presenting Macedonia to the World in the Digital Sphere

Government websites

  • Official Website www.gov.mk

  • Agency for Foreign Investments www.InvestInMacedonia.com

  • State Statistical Office www.stat.gov.mk

    Seemingly most authoritative, comprehensive and most quoted source:

  • CIA World Factbook www.cia.gov

    Issue of political and nationalist propaganda, cluttering the search results


Commercial media
Commercial Media in the Digital Sphere

  • Online portals almost exclusively publish in Macedonian

    • Politics &/ entertainment news

  • News agencies

    • Two also use English

    • One of them also uses Albanian

  • National broadcaster (www.mrt.com.mk)

    • website in 10 languages


Citizen user generated media
Citizen/User Generated Media in the Digital Sphere

  • Around 30,000 blogs (many inactive)

    • almost all in Macedonian, few in English

  • Wikipedia

    • Macedonian ~21,000 articles

    • Albanian ~ 22,000 articles

    • Roma ~ 500 articles

      in comparison

    • English ~ 2,630,000 articles

    • Croatian ~ 50,000 articles

  • Rising tides:

    • Social networking tools

    • Online video


Availability of online content
Availability of Online Content in the Digital Sphere


Bridging the language divides
Bridging the Language divides in the Digital Sphere

  • Regularly active bridge blogs and other websites (inactive or dead in parenthesis)

  • Global Voices Online (www.globalvoicesonline.org)

    • mk.globalvoicesonline.org

    • sq.globalvoicesonline.org

  • Note: Most MK language news media reuse foreign content (without attribution), but not from blogs or other citizen media.


Presenting macedonian culture
Presenting Macedonian Culture in the Digital Sphere

  • Active Magazines & News sources

    • Blesok | Shine www.blesok.com.mk (MK, EN)

    • Contemporary Arts Center www.scca.org.mk (EN)

    • Culture in Macedonia www.culture.in.mk (EN)

    • Mac. Cinematography www.maccinema.com (MK)

  • Content published under Creative Commons

    • (CC) Macedonia Portal cc.org.mk

  • Other: institutions & projects

    • Museum of Macedonia www.musmk.org.mk

    • Living Heritage www.zivonasledstvo.org.mk

    • Exploring Macedonia www.exploringmacedonia.com

    • Macedonia FAQ (last update in 2003) faq.macedonia.com


Diversity intercultural dialogue resources
Diversity & Intercultural Dialogue Resources in the Digital Sphere

NGOs and Projects

  • Foundation Open Society Institute – Macedonia www.soros.org.mk

  • Common Values www.cv.org.mk

  • DIANET (Dialogue for Interaction, Advocacy and Networking Capacity Building) www.dianet.org

  • Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation www.mcic.org.mk

  • Bridging Religions in Macedonia http://mcms.powweb.com/MSM


Thank you for your attention in the Digital SphereZahvaljujem na pažnjiБлагодарам на [email protected]rg.mk


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