“Free software for a free press”: The Media Development Loan Fund's Campware Initiative combines old and new media through open source.
New-media solutions by CAMP
The Media Development Loan Fund is a US-based non-profit corporation that seeks to secure a strong and independent press in countries with a history of media oppression through low-cost capital, in-depth training, long-term advice and support. One of its divisions, the Centre for Advanced Media Prague (CAMP) provides new media solutions to independent media and non-governmental organisations in emerging democracies. Through training, technical and content building consulting and project-oriented product development, CAMP enables independent news media and the non-governmental sector in the developing world to benefit from the timely adoption of new technologies.
In emerging democracies, independent news media play a vital role in ensuring transparency, sharing information across communities and covering stories the official media may not want exposed. By providing technological solutions to independent media organisations, CAMP helps to build opportunities and capacity for these organisations, enabling them to serve their local communities as well as reach new audiences
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