A website about tech and politics for Europe


In today’s technological age, it is increasingly important to have an educated audience who can understand the broader context of issues affecting their lives. This is particularly true in the realm of government technology (GovTech), where complex tools and policies are being developed to address a wide range of social and political challenges. However, achieving this level of understanding is no easy feat, especially when many people are still searching for new tools or trying to understand the broader context of these issues.

Kind of media

That’s where citizen journalism comes in. Citizen journalism is a type of reporting that involves ordinary people sharing their knowledge and experiences with the wider community. This approach to journalism is based on the principles of participatory democracy, where people are encouraged to engage with the issues that affect their lives and work together to find solutions.

One area where citizen journalism can make a significant impact is in the field of GovTech. Across Europe, governments are investing in digital technologies to improve public services and create new opportunities for citizens. However, the pace of change can be overwhelming, and many people struggle to keep up with the latest developments.

This is where citizen journalists can help. By sharing their insights and experiences with tools from GovTech, they can help to bridge the gap between the developers and the users, and provide a more nuanced understanding of how these technologies are shaping our society.

At the same time, citizen journalism can also play an important role in promoting digital literacy among politicians. In recent years, there have been increasing calls for politicians to become more technologically savvy and to understand the implications of digital technologies for their work. This is particularly important in a world where social media and other digital platforms are becoming increasingly important channels for communication and engagement.

Citizen journalists can help to raise awareness of these issues and provide politicians with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed decisions about digital technologies. By sharing their insights and experiences, they can help to create a more educated and engaged audience, one that is better equipped to understand the broader context of these issues and to make informed decisions about their future.

Business model

Of course, one of the big questions facing citizen journalism is how to make it financially sustainable. Information costs money, and the traditional models of journalism have struggled to keep up with the changing landscape of the media industry.

One potential solution is to embrace new business models that are based on community engagement and participation. This could involve crowdfunding platforms, membership models, or other forms of direct financial support from readers and users.

Another option is to partner with existing media organizations or non-profit groups that share similar goals and values. By working together, citizen journalists can tap into a broader audience and access resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

In conclusion, citizen journalism has the potential to play a vital role in promoting digital literacy and participatory democracy in Europe and beyond. By educating for participation in GovTech and other areas of technological change, citizen journalists can help to create a more informed and engaged audience, one that is better equipped to understand the broader context of these issues and to make informed decisions about their future.

As with any new initiative, it’s important to hear from the audience and understand their experiences and perspectives. If you have experience with GovTech or with citizen journalism, we would love to hear from you. What challenges have you faced? What have you learned along the way? And most importantly, how do you see citizen journalism and digital literacy playing a role in shaping the future of society? Your feedback and insights are invaluable, and we welcome the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with our readers and supporters. Together, we can help to build a more informed and engaged society, one that is better equipped to navigate the complex challenges of our time.

This is the sketchy business model:

Value Proposition: Explain capabilities of technology, risks, costs with a practical, action-oriented angle. Simple but with examples and keys for action: give a precise structure (see for instance how reports for politicians are written, imitate the structure). No long articles but with a very precise structure for people who don’t have time to lose. Purpose: enlighten and push to action. Advantage: multimedia not ncesseraly required: the target reader wants concision ans is used to pure text information.

Customer Segments: People in position of power or decision and requiring use of technology but with a poor technical background. Give key to understanding and using the technology in politics. With a concrete approach. Keep content oriented on action with risk-taking angle, costs. we wnat to give the feeling that people who read us have an edge

Revenue Streams: open part as a showroom and paywall with improved content.

Key Partners: to be defined.

Key Resources: To give an edge to the reader, it is necessary to see opportunities in the tech news and to explain them. This is a rare talent; it will be difficult to find technical people, ready to explain in actionable language the intricacies of their field of expertise. And they will need to be properly paid. On the other side, there are plenty of common people who have a useful insight but are not listened to or are not sufficiently exposed to share this insight properly. This may be the reserve in which we can find our contributors. But this needs a good curation and editing control.

Key Activities: find topics: one actionable idea related to technology and politics; find contributor for this topic and convince him to participate. Advertise the articles. Start with free content, add after the paywall once we have enough clients and a good list of contributors that can be paid.

Cost Structure: the hardware is kept at a minimum: mostly text articles, no videos, no images. A focus on the actionable sutructure. Epurated design. A simple CMS should be enough to begin with: it should however be quickly extendable to install the paywall (the sooner, the better) and a good instrumentation to measure the audience.

As a first attempt, we have kicked off a newsletter both on substack and medium, narrowing our topic to the engineers and how to support them in their task. This is a series of reflections on the work of engineering and how to improve it.
You can find the links here:

english: https://thegoodengineer.substack.com/
french: https://leboningenieur.substack.com/
only english right now: the good engineer – Medium

Let see how we can keep up with publishing rate, the quality and the planning of postings.
Of course if somebody is interested by the subject and wants to join the project to express his/her ideas, they are welcome!