About BlueLink

BlueLink.net is an online news and social network for investigative journalism and civil society action and initiatives in Bulgaria. BlueLink.net supports civil society organisations and empowers citizen participation in decision making by: maintaining social-networking and support site at www.bluelink.net;  developing strategic internet-based IT  tools;  and running an independent newsroom for independent journalism in public interest. BlueLink.net’s mission is to improve democracy and protect nature and human rights by strengthening civil society.

One of the pioneers of civil society e-networking in Bulgaria since 1998, BlueLink.net is an established hub of coordination, exchange of information and information technology innovation among environmental civil society organisations (CSOs) and groups. Some of Bulgaria’s most active and reputable environmental groups are among BlueLink’s founders. State authorities, such as the Ministry of Environment and Waters and the Forestry Agency have partnered with BlueLink in securing CSO participation and disseminating information to civil society. BlueLink.net operates in Bulgaria, but supports like-minded activities and networks in the EU, the Balkans and the former USSR, and globally as part of the Association for Progressive Communications and partner to Climate News Network, UK and the Earth Journalism Network project of Internews.

The network’s founders have identified the lack of independent quality journalism as one of the primary shortcomings of environmental democracy in Bulgaria. This is why over the past 3 years BlueLink has partnered with the Sofia University’s Faculty of Journalism, the Guardian Foundation, UK, and others, to build the skills and capacity of young journalists to investigate and cover issues of nature protection, sustainable development and public interest.

 

Selected current and recent activities of BlueLink.net include:

• BlueLink Virtual Newsroom - independent journalists investigating issues of public interest in fields such as nature protection, human rights, women and gender rights, corruption, good governance, failures of environmental law enforcement and public participation. Partnership with Climate News Network, UK.

• Enhancing journalism in public interest and freedom of speech – strengthening professional skills and promoting high professional and ethical norms of journalism in public interest, facilitating journalists’ cooperation and engagement with civil society and social movements, use of independent expertise and interactive IT tools for quality reporting and storytelling, in partnership with The Guardian Foundation, UK.

• Geodata-based IT instruments for civic participation - such as Green Map, an interactive information and networking resource on environmental hotspots in Bulgaria. Other virtual platforms that enable citizens and civic initiatives to alert CSOs and authorities about cases of: illegal deforestation; urban environmental problems; and breaches of Bulgaria's non-smoking regulations.

• BlueLink Civic Action Network - a  virtual social network of NGOs, activist groups and individual citizens, supplied with a portfolio of mailing lists, web pages and other channels of user-generated content on environmental, sustainability and nature conservation, but also  human rights, democracy and other issues.

• Internet Society Watch – Bulgaria: regular contributions on Bulgaria and other post-socialist countries to the Global Internet Society Watch annual almanac by the Association for Progressive Communications.

• Free Electrons Awards - a biannual award for strategic internet use for public interest purposes.

 

BlueLink.net is operated by the BlueLink Foundation registered in public benefit under Bulgaria's Non-for-Profit Organisations Act since 1999 and chaired by Natalia Dimitrova. BlueLink.net is managed by Dr Pavel P Antonov, Executive Editor. BlueLink’s recent donors include: EEA Financial Mechanism/NGO Support Fund for Bulgaria; Internews; DBU – Germany; EU Citizens Programme; The German Marshall Fund; the C.S.Mott Foundation.


For contacts and further information: telephone +359 888 704661, office [at] bluelink [dot] net and www.bluelink.net. 

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