In Belarus, the digital dissident generation born in 2006 came of age during the political and economic crisis of 2011, writes Iryna Vidanava. However, bridging the gap between virtual and real-life activism remains one of the most serious challenges facing Belarus’ democratic movement.
is the founder and editor-in-chief of 34 Multimedia Magazine, an award-winning independent Belarusian youth publication. She has also served as international coordinator for the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs, Belarus’ largest third sector umbrella organization. An historian by training, she currently teaches a graduate course on public policy at the European Humanities University in Vilnius.
Despite renewed crackdowns on the independent media in Belarus, there are signs that the tide is turning in the battle for free speech in the country. However, victory for the democratic forces will require politicizing Belarus’ young Internet audience, writes Iryna Vidanava.