Albania

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Oct 23, 2012

About a month ago, the Swedish non-profit Civil Rights Defenders (CDR) released their version of CAPTCHA, the system that is used to verify that the user of the web site is a human (as opposed to a programmed robot). Read More »

Balkans reaffirm commitment to data protection

Sep 19, 2012

It should come as no surprise that the EU considers the protection of personal data as a fundamental right guaranteed by a number of international and national legal acts. These laws cover the right to have private and family life respected, the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, and the free movement of such data. Read More »

Social networks aid coastal cleanup in Albania

Sep 5, 2012

Confronting a national bias against volunteering, a group of environmentalists in Albania recently joined forces to collect 1.2 tons of waste scattered along one part of the country’s coast, Balkan Insight reports. Read More »

In Albania, better watch your words on Facebook

Feb 17, 2012

Lawmakers in Albania have revised the criminal code to punish libel in social media, including on major platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, Balkan Insight reports. They announced the change in a statement 14 February without evidently offering further details.

In recent years social networking has grown rapidly in Albania, Balkan Insight says. Today more than 1 million Albanians, roughly 80 percent of the population with Internet access, use Facebook.

Under the amendments to the criminal code, the penalties for defamation and slander are also reduced from imprisonment to fines, according to Balkan Insight.

The digital counter-revolution

Jan 16, 2012

Digitization, hyped as the savior of Eastern European TV, instead is bringing us more of the same old thing. (From Transitions Online) Read More »

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