Posts by boissevainj

Romanian startup Summify bought by Twitter

Feb 1, 2012

The web-based startup Summify, created by two Romanians, has been bought up by Twitter, according to Romania Insider.  Summify announced the news on their blog last week and said they were relocating to Twitter’s offices in San Francisco from their current base in Vancouver. Read More »

Koobface unmasked: A modern Bulgarian detective story

Jan 31, 2012

There’s not a lot of good detective stories in the world these days. Whether in real life or in the movies, they seem to have been overshadowed by car chases, explosions and government-wide conspiracy stories. Read More »

Online gambling a problem in Georgia

Jan 28, 2012

EurasiaNet posted a great article last week on Georgia and the increasingly serious problem of online gambling.  Already, the online gambling site is the second most visited website in the country.  The exact extent of the problem is unknown, according to the article, as Georgia does not issue licenses for online casinos.

Image courtesy Flickr user, Orin Zebest

Daghestan president to officials: Tweet it or beat it

Jan 16, 2012

Peer pressure and the desire to be part of the “in-crowd” is typically enough to get even the biggest luddite to try social media networks.  But apparently, for top officials in Dagestan, peer pressure is just not enough–they need an extra push by the president to get them to set up that Facebook page. Read More »

Bulgarian police raid torrent sites

Jan 12, 2012

Bulgaria announced that it’s Organized Crime Unit (CDCOC),  have shut down two of the country’s largest torrent sites, according to Novinite. The anti-mafia police raided the homes and arrested the owners of the sites and, which officials believed to be responsible for illegally distributing copyrighted films and music .  One of the owners was a minor, according to the article. The article reports that the two sites together have around 750,000 users.

Photoshopped image of Russian blogger backfires, inspires new meme

Jan 9, 2012

Internet users helped root out a doctored photo of a prominent Russian political critic that shown just how much the Internet has changed the nature of political shenanigans in the country since the days of Soviet political photo montages.  The story appeared recently in the New York Times. Read More »

Hungary rings in the New Year with 140 characters

Jan 6, 2012

Hungarians sent an extrodinary number of text messages to toast the new year this year, according to the Budapest Business Journal.  The number of messages sent on New Year  by users of the three largest carriers are more than triple the country’s population. Read More »

Tradition gets tech update with Kazakh ‘IT Yurt’

Dec 25, 2011

A library in the east Kazakhstan city of Ust-Kamenogorsk is trying a new way to get kids connected to information.  Earlier this month, the city’s Pushkin Library opened a new IT center housed in a yurt structure. Read More »

Restart Romania featured on HuffPo

Dec 15, 2011

Last month we brought you news of the the RestartRomania project, a project by TechSoup to help several projects by Romanian citizens to find new ways to implement socia media to tackle some of the country’s biggest issues. Read More »

Moldova Internet spat sparks free speech debate

Dec 8, 2011

The blogging world in Moldova erupted last week over the question of free speech vs. hate speech and how much online news sites should be required to moderate what users can and can’t post to live chats and news comment sections.  In a country where social media and online communication has exploded over the past few years, a recent court case is showing just how far the virtual world has outstripped the legal boundaries of the real world.
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New breakout star of Russian elections: The Internet

Nov 29, 2011

As Russia gears up for parliamentary elections in a few days and presidential elections this coming spring, more and more eyes are turning to watch a new player in the national political scene there: the Internet.  Read More »

Evgeny Morozov, animated

Nov 26, 2011

Belarusian writer, researcher and social commentator Evgeny Morozov is an expert on how technology affects social and political arenas. Earlier this year he published a book called The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom where he looks critically at the ideas and idealism of cyber-utopianism  and how the Internet may do as much harm for democracy as it does good for people in authoritarian states.

In 2009, Morozov gave a talk called The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens where he spoke about these issues.  RSA Animate put the talk to images for this great video.


Chuck Norris Facebook gag fools Ukrainian media

Nov 25, 2011

To celebrate Ukraine’s national language day earlier this month, Facebook user Fedir Gontsa photoshopped an image of American actor Chuck Norris holding a book written in Ukrainian.  Global Voices tells the story of how that small prank got mistaken for the truth and was reprinted in several Ukrainian news outlets with the story that Norris had met with Ukrainian expats in Canada.

Just goes to show, social media might be a great place to find new stories, but it is no replacement for old-fashioned just-the-facts reporting.

To .bg, or not to .bg, that is the question

Nov 21, 2011

After having been denied several times, Bulgaria is trying again to be able to register Internet domain names in Cyrillic.  The country would like to be able to register websites with the suffix “.бг”, though the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has rejected because of its close resemblance to that of Brazil’s “.br” according to an article in the Bulgarian news agency Novinite.  Read More »

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