Posts by Alaksiej Lavoncyk

Is Belarus finally crossing the Facebook language divide?

Mar 13, 2012

We all remember the Facebook map of the world, where the regions with an active Facebook presence are highlighted. The map states the obvious: the light represents the areas with domination of English, Portuguese, French, Spanish-even Polish languages. Read More »

First political viral video from Belarus passes 60,000 views

Mar 7, 2012

A new video from Belarus depicting President Alexander Lukashenko as an annoying bee harassing a journalist has reached more than 60,000 views since it was posted 29 February, making it the first political video in the country to go viral. Read More »

Witnessing the economic crisis: Citizen journalism in Belarus

Mar 1, 2012

Citizen journalism is a great way of getting facts and local news directly from the source–from the community itself. This information can always be processed and published later by the professional journalists. However in Belarus, citizen journalism has yet to take off. Read More »

DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

Feb 21, 2012

Demian Kudryavtsev, the executive director of Kommersant newspaper, a leading publication in Russia on economics and business, has demanded the Ministry of Interior start a case against Kristina Potupchik, the press secretary for Nashi, the pro-Putin youth group.  In his blog, Kudryavtsev blames Potupchik for the recent DDoS attacks on Kommersant’s website. Read More »

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Feb 20, 2012

Several videos in support of Putin for the upcoming election disappeared for one day from YouTube and an unlikely Putin supporter raises some eyebrows. Read More »

YouTube used to expose electoral violations in Russia

Feb 17, 2012

Unlike in Belarus where the electoral commission members never raise a voice against falsifications, their Russian counterparts are more active. Read More »

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Feb 16, 2012

So far the recent anti-piracy act in Kazakhstan has had some pretty chilling effects on local business. Read More »

New copyright law could paralyze Kazakh NGOs

Feb 8, 2012

As if following in the steps of the USA and Europe, which are now battling over copyright laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, Kazakhstan has enacted changes to their existing copyright protection acts–changes which will no doubt have a significant impact on the way information is spread over the Kaznet. Read More »

Internet removes the cover of anonymity for Belarus KGB

Jan 29, 2012

Users of BY-net (a short name for the Belarusian segment of the Internet) have identified a KGB functionary who had been recruiting activists who participated in the silent demonstrations. A man in the photo leaked to Belarusian social networks has been identified rather quickly as Raman Savuchin. Charter97.org reports that this officer was working along with Dzmitry Kalamijec, an officer who became famous in the BY-net after his photos surfaced showing him recruiting Maks Carniauski, one of the prominent activists from the silent demonstrations . Read More »

The truth behind the Belarus Internet ‘crackdown’

Jan 19, 2012

The last week a wave of publications about increasing Internet control in Belarus has spread across the Western Internet. It has come back to the Belarusian segment in translations suggesting that “the citizens of the small country will no longer be able to use the foreign websites as they will be fined for that” and the Internet is close to being completely closed off.

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Belarus steps up DNS-blocking campaign

Dec 29, 2011

In Belarus there is something jokingly Belarus called the “Albanian Virus”. This is a virus that asks the user to delete all his sensitive content and spam his friends manually. This joke became been popular in Belarus in the time of virus pandemics during the ’90s. Read More »

Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Dec 10, 2011

A story started making its way around the Belarusian Internet several days ago when the state ISP Beltelecom sent its subscribers a request to change the DNS servers manually in order to “comply with the legislature on controlling Internet access”. Read More »

The struggle to turn ‘slacktivism’ to activism in Belarus

Nov 30, 2011

Social media-spawned protests have failed to materialize as expected despite recent attempts by Belarusian activists. Read More »

Social network revolutions take a break until autumn

Jul 26, 2011

The past week in Belarus has been marked by two events: the regular meeting of applause on Wednesday, July 20, and the July 21 demonstration by motorists protesting the rise in petrol prices. Read More »

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