The Romania-based project "Who are the gatekeepers of the Internet, cable and satellite infrastructures in Eastern Europe? Mapping and investigating media distribution providers" was among the nine projects selected for funding by the Knight News Challenge. The Knight Foundation organized on June 23 the MIT-Knight Civic Media conference "The Open Internet and Everything After", in order to present this year's granted projects of Knight News Challenge. 704 applications have been submitted, with nine projects selected for funding.

Dan Tapalaga, conferinta Knight Foundation, BostonFoto: Hotnews

The project "Who are the gatekeepers of the Internet, cable and satellite Infrastructures in Eastern Europe? Mapping and Investigating media distribution providers", initiated by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, in partnership with European Actors Association ( and RISE Project from Romania is among the winners. The team consists of: Paul Radu (project manager), Dan Tapalaga (senior data analyst), Manuela Preoteasa (senior researcher), Ramona Diaconu (advocacy campaign coordinator), Andrei Schwartz (junior consultant).

  • See a summary of the project here

The Knight News Challenge Announcement took place in Boston during MIT-Knight Civic Media conference, "The Open Internet and Everything After". The Romanian proposal awarded with a grant was presented on stage by Dan Tapalaga, from, on behalf of European Actors Association (

The announcement of the winners (you can see Romanian journalist Dan Tapalaga presenting the project at min. 01.10.57)

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