Onnik James Krikorian created his first web site in late 1994 after returning on assignment from the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh for The Independent newspaper in London. Upon completing contracts with the paper and a subsequent contract with The Economist, where he was also involved in the magazine’s online presence, the following year he also started freelancing for new media and multimedia companies in London working on the web sites for British Telecom, Sony, Marks & Spencer, Glaxo Wellcome, and Reed Business Publishing.

He was also involved in creating a presence for the London-based Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP) and other human rights organizations until relocating to the Republic of Armenia to take up a contract with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) working on its Freenet project as well as implementing media and development projects online. Despite publishing his own freelance journalistic and photographic work online, it wasn’t until 2005 that Krikorian set up his own blog.

Contacted by Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices Online, a project to translate and curate citizen media founded at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he was invited to participate in an Oxford Internet Institute round table later the same year as well as the first public Global Voices Citizen Media Summit at the Reuters UK headquarters in London. In 2007 he became Global Voices’ Caucasus Regional Editor, a position he held for five years until leaving to pursue other projects in October 2012.

He regularly participates and/or speaks at major international conferences on Internet Freedom worldwide and also trains journalists and activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia as well as the breakaway territories of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno Karabakh. In 2008, he pioneered the use of new and social media in cross-border cooperation and communication between Armenian and Azerbaijani media and civil society organizations while also writing on the same for many international publications.

In October 2012 he was an expert speaker on the role of the media and new media in conflict resolution at a Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Secretariat seminar in Dublin, Ireland, and on Evaluating Methods to Combat Violent Extremism Online in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the U.S. Government’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and Hedayah Center.

From August to November 2013 Onnik James Krikorian was contracted by Canal France International to work as part of its team organising the 4M Journalism and Social Media Forum held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in November 2013. He is also working in a consultancy capacity for a major regional multimedia project to be unveiled at the end of December 2013.

          Projects

          Caucasus Conflict Voices, http://www.conflict-voices.net

          Contracts

          Caucasus Regional Editor, Global Voices Online, October 2007-October 2012

          Magazine Articles

          Nagorno-Karabakh Dispute Takes to Cyber Space, EurasiaNet, February 2007
          Blogging Comes of Age in Armenia, Armenia Now, June 2008
          A Web of Peace, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, November 2009
          Facebook Diary, BBC Azerbaijan, March 2010
          Blowing Up in Their Facebook, Transitions Online, March 2011
          Social media in Armenia-Azerbaijan Peacebuilding, SGI Quarterly, April 2011
          Armenia’s Capital City Launches Interactive Municipal Website, TechPresident, November 2012
          A Technological Spring in the South Caucasus, TechPresident, April 2013
          Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, April 2013
          Elva: Crowd Sourcing Conflict in the South Caucasus, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, May 2013

          Journal Publications

          The Internet in the South Caucasus, Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD), Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Jefferson Institute, Washington D.C.; Heinrich Böll Foundation, Tbilisi; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, 2010
          Preparing for peace: Communications in Conflict Resolution, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria, December 2012

          Consultant and Trainer

          Canal France International
          National Film Board of Canada, Montreal, Canada
          Free Press Unlimited, Amsterdam, Netherlands
          Radio Zamaneh, Amsterdam, Netherlands
          Oxfam/Transitions Online, Moscow, Russia, and Prague, Czech Republic
          Europe House, Tbilisi, Georgia
          International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN), Tbilisi, Georgia
          United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Yerevan, Armenia
          Model Caucasus Parliament, Yerevan, Armenia
          Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
          Hrant Dink Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey

          Conference Speaker

          Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, Budapest, Hungary, July 2008
          New Media Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia, October 2008
          World Blogging Forum, Bucharest, Romania, November 2009
          E-Society, Skopje, Macedonia, December 2009
          Social Media for Social Change, Tbilisi, Georgia, April 2010
          Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict, United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Washington DC, United States of America
          World Blogging Forum, Vienna, Austria, November 2010
          New media — New Opportunities of Communication In the Region, Yerevan, Armenia, May 2011
          OSCE Talks: Preparing for Peace: Communications in Conflict Resolution, Dublin, Ireland, October 2012
          Evaluating Methods to Combat Violent Extremism Online, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 2013

          Expert Working Groups

          Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict, United States Institute for Peace (USIP) Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding and George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, Washington DC, United States of America, July 2010

          Conference Participant

          Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, London, United Kingdom, December 2005
          Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, Santiago, Chile, May 2010
          Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development, Stockholm, Sweden, April 20121
          Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2013
          Canal France International 4M Journalism and New Media Conference, Montpellier, France, June 20132

For more information please see LinkedIn.

1 Originally invited to speak as a panelist at the Stockholm Internet Forum on Internet Freedom for Global Development in Sweden in 2012, but declined.
2 Invited as a panelist to speak at the Canal France International 4M Journalism and New Media Conference in Montpellier, France, in June 2013, but an air traffic controllers’ strike delayed arrival.