. . to CIVNET-Russia - devoted to promotion and active development of civic
networking within Russian communities. This project resides within the
broader Friends and Partners effort, a
grassroots project jointly developed by friends in the US and Russia to
actively explore how the Internet can be used to help foster new exchange
and understanding between different countries and cultures.
Weekly updated information about participant's activities of Second and Third Stages of RCNP Program (1999-2001)you can find on the pages, mentioned in our menu
The primary goal of the Russian Civic Networking Program (RCNP) is to
cooperatively develop six (6) model civic network sites within Russia and
to broadly disseminate the results and the findings of these initiatives.
The initial three sites are being developed in Samara, Sergiev Posad and
Chelyabinsk and now 3 new sites are now becoming operational (Voronezh, Obninsk, Kazan).
The RCNP represents a close partnership between community networking
activists in Russia and the U.S. It is expected that success of these
projects and a good information base describing the progress of their
development will result in momentum for a broader civic networking movement
within Russia and improved civic networks for participants in U.S.
The support of the Ford Foundation is making possible to realize Russian Civic Networking Program in 6 cities: Chelyabinsk, Samara, Sergiev Posad, Voronezh, Obninsk, Kazan.
Please see the "Second Stage of RCNP Program" for more
information on this program.
The initial recipients of the earlier grant (May, 1998) are the Samara
Civic Network, the Chelyabinsk Civic Network and the Sergiev-Posad Civic
Network. The overall quality of the proposals was excellent, far
surpassing anything that we had anticipated. You can learn more about these
proposals on our Activities page.
CIVNET-Russia began on April 1, 1997, funded on a 5 month research and
development grant by the Ford Foundation. The goals of this stage of the
- research historical precedents for community networking in Russia -
looking to better understand the cultural roots and traditions on which to
build new civic networks - of course, using modern information and communications
- educate interested groups and individuals about the full potential of
civic networks and begin to develop a dialog among a community interested
in civic networking in Russia;
- identify communities in which interest and enthusiasm for civic
networking can lead to participation in the next stage (a two year
implementation stage) of this project;
- build the technical tools and software infrastructure to support
construction of at least 4 civic network model sites for the implementation
Our main goal now is to start an exchange among the many groups and
individuals who have an interest in community networking in Russia. We
invite you to explore this web site, join our email listserver, and visit the new chat room where we will be sponsoring periodic
discussions about civic networking. Most importantly, we hope you will
share your interests, concerns, ideas, time and talents with others
involved in this effort. Please write us as we begin work
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