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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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 »
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 »
Alisher Usmanov likes Facebook, but he’ll probably like it even more after the company’s IPO on 18 May. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
It looks like Bulgaria is the next country for Google’s team to photograph for its Street View project. Read More »
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 »