What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?
The biggest barrier we have encountered is the lack of money. Since we cannot pay the journalists we work with we cannot publish as many articles and cases we would like to. We need more intense fundraising. At the beginning we manage to finance the basic needs of the organization from small donations (private, PayPal, Flattr).
How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?
We intend to operate a secure anonymous submission platform for whistleblowers. Other IT-related development plans include creating and maintaining a social network map of the Hungarian economic and political elite, to let people review and comment on proposed bills before they are introduced in parliament, to build crowdsourcing tools for investigative journalists to gather information from readers on a specific topic, to implement various data visualisation tools, and to scrape public databases to make them easier to search.
Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?
The aim of Atlatszo.hu is to produce professional content based on crowdsourced leaks and investigation. If the project doesn't work in a regular, professional way we will maintain it as a blog.
Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding
In the long term, Atlatszo.hu is intended to be financed by civil sources; we will not accept money from political parties and affiliates. Private donors have already contributed approximately 1.800.000 HUF (ca. 9000 USD) to atlatszo.hu, including the owners of Atlatszo.hu Nonprofit Ltd. and the volunteers of the project. As the first donationbased portal of this nature, it is difficult to estimate the level of future donations. Our aim is to turn to organisational donors and raise sufficient funds to pay three full-time journalists with support staff and infrastructure.
Tell us about your partnerships
Our partners are the following:
4K! – Negyedik Köztársaság (4th Republic)
Egymillióan a Magyar Sajtószabadságért (EMS/Milla - One Million for the Hungarian Press Freedom),
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Védegylet - Protect the Future
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?
Now our core team is a group of volunteers but in the long-term we would like to hire three full-time employees, freelance IT-specialists, freelance journalists, lawyers, translators.
Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply
Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.).
Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply
Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list
We will make public participation very easy by linking to online social networks and creating tools to help the public express their views to the authorities and to politicians, and to support anonymous whistle-blowing.