The Sponge is an open and collaborative media lab in Eastern Europe, based in Bucharest, Romania.

The funding partners of this Lab are groups of investigative journalists around the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism, free software developers (Ceata), mappers (, activists for human rights and free speech (ActiveWatch), legal experts for digital rights (ApTI) and the school for political sciences at Bucharest University.

The aim of the Sponge is to build an interdisciplinary community of passionate journalists, activists, coders, mappers, lawyers, designers and students, that value the greater good. More info about the Sponge in this video. Follow interesting posts about various topics from access to information to geo-knowledge or to digital democracy here.

ActiveWatch, founding member of the Sponge, is also partner in the iPro project.