|BBG grants awarded to Applied Memetics|
The Broadcasting Board of Governors, or BBG, has awarded the company more than $1.4 million in grants since 2012, records show.
Dan Gabriel, a former covert action officer for the CIA, has guided the company through its successful expansion into such nations as Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Tunisia. (For background, see "Ex-CIA agent leads team of journalists in Cuba").
The company says it has the ability to "create content on massive scale and deliver it when and where consumers want it."
website, the company's projects include:
- Havana Spring: Cuba is one of the countries that, due to strict authoritarianism and pressure from government on media, remain practically a secret state for the rest of the world.
- Venezuela Encendida: After many years of living under government pressure, the people of Venezuela started protesting.
- Central Asia Caravan: The five Central Asian republics - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – have become independent more than 20 years ago, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet media remains under government pressure, and overall media resources are scarce.
- Black Sea Crossroads: While Georgia is still rising up after the 2008 war with Russia, Ukraine is yet another victim of its imperial ambitions.
- Central African Republic (CAR) Crisis. CAR_Crisis is a digital media platform covering the violence and unrest in the Central African Republic (CAR).
- Maghreb Oasis: The Maghreb Region of North Africa countries - Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Mauritania – have recently been the epicenter for what became known as Arab Spring.