19 June 2009
Ben Colmery, a media development trainer trying to convince Ukrainian journalists to use online social networks, videos and micro-blogging in their reporting, finds that Ukraine is a country emerging from a long and brutal history of authoritarian control of information, secrecy, and propaganda. Information was long the real currency of the Soviet Union. People had money, but there was nothing to buy on the shelves. You needed information to know who had the goods that you could then buy with your money. So, information was horded, and exchanged like a commodity.
In his experience in Ukraine, a lot of people still relate to information this way.