Over the past fews years, the world has witnessed the different ways in which digital forms of expression, both social and artistic, have the power to a wide-range of group interactions. From the uprisings witnessed in the Arab world and Turkey to the amazing 'Renaissance' that Africa has experienced through its innovative applications for mobile phones, digital culture is opening up new possibilities, breaking down the walls of censorship and, fundamentally, making the world's transformation as well as offering a new scope to 'help people develop themselves'. In May 2012 tge Prince Claus Fund published its second annual call, which had a thematic focus on digital culture and new media. Through this call, the Prince Claus Fund wished to support innovative creative initiatives that link digital techniques and/or new media to culture and development. The outcome of the call was the support of thirty-four very different projects from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This second issue of the Prince Claus Fund Review showcases these projects as well as the people behind them. It offers a reflection on the projects as well as on the trends that they highlight in their different local contexts. The themes that emerge from these projects chime with the priorities of the Prince Claus Fund: training of individuals and communities, fostering new interpretations, providing a platform for new voices, archiving cultural heritage of all kinds, supporting critical engagement and connecting people to one another.