Posts by boissevainj

Mapping Czech open data (and dangerous food)

One of the biggest topics we cover at Net Prophet is the growing acceptance of open government data. At least in some sectors, many countries are beginning to see the benefits of opening up their wealth of information to their citizens and journalists. Some interesting platforms have been developed in the process, but we have noticed that even the best examples really only go so far in truly opening up their data. Yes, a ministry may make a document or database available online, but often they are too difficult for average citizens – and even journalists – to use.
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Helpful resource: The Data Journalism Handbook (now in Russian)

Oct 17, 2012

The folks over at Data Driven Journalism have announced the release of the first translation of their Data Journalism Handbook – and it’s in Russian! Read More »

Tajik activists blame telecoms for unlawful outages

Aug 31, 2012

Mobile phone users in an autonomous region in Tajikistan are upset at their cell providers for cutting off their phone services without any explanation or apology for more than a month during a period of heightened political tension. Now a group is organizing a boycott this weekend via Facebook by switching off their phones, saying the outage was an unlawful violation of human rights, according to Asia-Plus. Read More »

In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

May 28, 2012

It was bound to happen at some point.

In Russia, it now seems the Internet is a more popular source of information than TV – sort of. Read More »

Russian satellite shows a different shade of Earth

May 16, 2012

There are some beautiful images that’ve been making the rounds on the web this week that are worth taking a look at. They are shots of Earth from space taken by a Russian weather satellite. Read More »

Facebook will make Russia’s richest man even richer

May 10, 2012

Alisher Usmanov likes Facebook, but he’ll probably like it even more after the company’s IPO on 18 May. Read More »

Update: Piano Media gets $2.6M in new funding

Apr 19, 2012

Last week, we ran a post on Piano Media’s recent success in Slovenia and future plans to expand to new markets. Now it seems the company, which specializes in providing media companies with nation-wide paywalls for content, has found the resources to speed up that expansion.  Piano announced 17 April that it has secured $2.6 million in new funding from the 3TS Cisco Growth Fund. Read More »

Belgrade launches SMS bus schedules

Mar 27, 2012

Perhaps the worst thing about waiting for a bus is not knowing whether your wait will be another three minutes or another 30 minutes. Fortunately, public transportation users in Belgrade have a new way to check for their bus’s ETA with only a cell phone. Read More »

Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Mar 22, 2012

With all the news in the past year about social media being used to organize protests, revolutions and better access to information, it can be easy to forget that the Internet can also be used to help people fulfill a much more fundamental human need: love. Read More »

Belarus named as new ‘Enemy of the Internet’

Mar 21, 2012

Following a year of increasing Internet repression in Belarus, Reporters without Borders has added the country to its 2012 “Enemies of the Internet” list. Read More »

Using technology to increase political accountability

Feb 29, 2012

Earlier this month, TOL Executive Director Jeremy Druker participated in the Point conference, a three-day meetup on social media and political accountability in Sarajevo.   Read More »

Google Street View coming to Bulgaria

Feb 27, 2012

It looks like Bulgaria is the next country for Google’s team to photograph for its Street View project.   Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Feb 18, 2012

As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »

How an Azerbaijani aviation engineer could help revolutionize journalism

Feb 13, 2012

Imagine you’re a journalist.

You work for local TV station with modest resources. Your organization doesn’t have a lot, but your team prides itself on always getting a story first (and correct).  One day you’re sent to cover a protest. Unfortunately when you arrive, you’re already cut off from the action by authorities.

Do you hang around waiting to sneak by or get a plastic quote from one of the officers on duty?  Or do you go attach your camera to a remote controlled drone and send it in for a bird’s-eye view of the action? A new industry–that’s literally just taking off–could make that second option a reality for any news organization or freelance journalist, no matter the size of their budget.  Read More »

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