The Flip project has embarked on encouraging the use of the internet as an alternative space for public engagements in governance. This is a response to limitations attached to free expression in Zambia.
The internet provides an alternete public space where people can discuss in numbers without need for police permission as is the case with public meetings in Zambia.
The internet also provides space for the publishing of diverse content at low cost with limited or no editorial influence.
The Project has developed the following spaces:
The NewZambian provides a centralised platform for the publication of diverse content to do with development in Zambia. This content would generally be edited out of the mainstream media.
The Constituency Watch Process provides a platform citizens can use to participate in the life of their community at low cost. The platform provides for debates and learning on service needs of constituents. The project has developed 150 individual Constituency Watch facebook pages for each Parliamentary Constituency in Zambia. These pages are expected to achieve organic growth with constituents participating gradually.
The Project also includes an Ushahidi platform to map all the content in real time as it happens and wherever it happens in a location specific and thematic presentation: http://220.127.116.11/~crowd/