The First Khmer Social Blog Contest began
Sihanoukville (Actualizado 07.13.2011). The deadline of the contest has been extended to August 12 in order to give more opportunities to more participants. find updates at the official page in Khmer Window to the World. There is only one category: bloggers aged 15 to 25 can participate with blogs that keep social, educational, cultural, scientific or ecological topics.
The purpose of the contest is to promote a safe Internet in Khmer language, promoting social values like participation, education, formative content and worry of the most vulnerable Cambodian people like children, young people and women.
Although Internet stills a media used by a very limited number of Cambodians, it is a well appreciate tool of expression and education in a developing country like Cambodia. The development of the Khmer Unicode fount in 1999 has allowed Cambodians to surf on the Internet in their own language, however, Khmer language on the Internet keeps in a very low proportion in comparison with other Asian languages like Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese, although there are many websites, blogs, videos and audios published in Khmer.
In 2010 the International Monetary Fund reported 78 thousand users in Cambodia in a national population of 14,753,320, representing the 0,5 % only.  It means that Internet Cambodian users is a minority, restricted to those who have easier access to computers, Internet or i-phones like officials, business people, NGOs and teachers and students of superior education.
‘Although it, Internet can be used as a kind of ‘desk’ where we can put useful information for development, education and social campaigns,’ say the organizers of the online contest, the first of this kind in a country that has been portrayed with an increasing censor over freedom of expression online.  ‘We can publish campaigns of prevention of natural disasters, decease epidemics, prevention of child abuse and violence against women, safe tourism and many others. Maybe most people will not see it through the Internet, but those who use now Internet in the country can take those works and help them to reach the interested population,’ they conclude.
Three foreign judges, whose name is not to be revealed after July 2, will check the candidate blogs in their technical and content forms. Topics should be about social campaigns only like education, decease prevention and others. Politics and religions are excluded from the contest.
The organizers of the contest invite also benefactors to contribute to it in order to increase the prize and support safe Internet in Cambodia and more access, especially to vulnerable people. You can vote also for the candidates at the official Facebook page. More information.
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