Bloomberg: D Billions Is Creating a YouTube Kids’ Entertainment Empire in Kyrgyzstan

Bloomberg: D Billions Is Creating a YouTube Kids’ Entertainment Empire in Kyrgyzstan. “If you have young children, there’s a good chance they have consumed some of the D Billions videos on YouTube. The videos feature four main characters — Cha-Cha, Boom-Boom, Lya-Lya and Chicky — who dress in primary colors and sing silly songs. One goal of the music is to teach kids words in different languages. Another is to keep them entertained and clicking on more and more videos.”

Eurasianet: In remote, offline Kyrgyzstan, the best of the internet comes in a box

Eurasianet: In remote, offline Kyrgyzstan, the best of the internet comes in a box. “The internet has never had a year like 2020. With the pandemic forcing people everywhere to retreat into their homes, our lives are virtual like never before. But what if you don’t have internet access? For schoolchildren in remote parts of Kyrgyzstan, that’s not a hypothetical question. For the Internet Society, it’s a challenge.”

Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan’s lonely teenagers (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan’s lonely teenagers. “Maksat (not his real name) feels alone and misunderstood. He often expresses suicidal feelings – a noticeable change, his teachers say, from the boy they knew before the curfew was brought in. And then he met a ‘phone pal’ – Jalalbek Akmatov, a university student in the capital Bishkek. Jalabek is one of around 100 young adults taking part in a project to reach out via phone to teenagers just like Maksat, thousands of whom have been stuck at home for weeks.”