Posts by Jeremy Druker

Piano Player

Oct 11, 2012

Over at TOL, we’ve been following developments rather closely of the Slovakia-born online paywall system known as Piano. This is a highly unusual story of a media-related innovation originating in our coverage region, but generating a lot of press in Western Europe and the United States (almost always, it’s the other way around). Read More »

Alaveteli: right-to-know software made easy

Feb 27, 2012

As interest has heightened across the region to launch freedom-of-information sites, one group is moving to make it infinitely easier to get such sites off the ground.

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The prospects of Facebook activism in Uzbekistan

Jan 17, 2012

Reposted from East of Center, 13 January.

A fascinating discussion over at the Central Asian blog,, has been taking place this past week about the possibility of Internet-fueled revolution in Central Asia. The debate coincides with recent reports about increasing numbers of Internet users in Uzbekistan, and the surging use of Facebook. Read More »

Armenia’s first Social Innovation Camp

Jan 3, 2012

The following is a guest post from Glen Mehn, managing director of Social Innovation Camp, about a recent camp in Armenia. My fault, with a crazy December, in not getting this up earlier. From Glen:

Social Innovation Camp, in coordination with UNDP Armenia, the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Internews Armenia, and USAID, has helped run a Social Innovation Camp in Armenia.

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“A Blogger Could Start Russia’s Arab Spring” and other interesting links

Dec 12, 2011

Once again, here are some interesting bits of news related to our coverage region, in this case, Russia, from the folks at CIMA’s Digital Mash Up, including a link to a Forbes profile of Alexei Navalny:

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Helpful Resource: The Digital Media Mash Up

Dec 5, 2011

I’ve come across a great resource for those interested in staying up to date on digital developments worldwide: the Digital Media Mash Up, which calls itself “a weekly newsletter focusing on digital media events, news, and research from around the world”.Produced by the the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy (one of TOL’s long-time donors), the newsletter’s archive can be accessed here and you can find out how to sign up.

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Welcome to Net Prophet

Jun 10, 2011

Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally. Read More »

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