Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Aug 22, 2013

It calls itself “Your Accessible European Bank” and is partly owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an institution pledged to uphold democratic values. Read More »

Gamers cry foul over too many Soviet stereotypes

Aug 7, 2013

Despite receiving positive reviews following its release, ‘Company of Heroes 2’, the sequel to the extremely popular RTS (real-time strategy) game by Relic, has recently elicited a strong backlash emanating from countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States that has cut to the very heart of historical accuracy and regional politics, according to the video game news site Polygon. Read More »

Revealing e-book shares Azerbaijan’s political secrets

Jun 18, 2013

An e-book produced by the ‘International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ) has been made freely available online and is aimed at pinpointing corruption in offshore accounts. In an effort to spread this information and to shed light on those involved, including a Kazakh banking tycoon and Russian corporate executive, the e-book details cases of corruption as well as providing summaries on those involved, and the information is spreading. Read More »

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

May 3, 2013

Just as Azerbaijan is being criticized in the Freedom House report, the country’s legislature is considering a measure that would punish untoward statements on the Internet, reports.
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Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Social media have become one of the few places where young people from Armenia and Azerbaijan can meet. Yet, not without risks Read More »

Azerbaijan puts first satellite into orbit

Feb 12, 2013

Azerbaijan successfully launched its first telecommunications satellite into orbit on 7 February.

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Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

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Civil society activists in Azerbaijan are trying to push back against government efforts to restrict space for public debate. And they’re hoping a recent global Internet forum in Baku will expand international support for their cause.

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Post-IGF results from Baku

Nov 16, 2012

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2012 finished in Baku and many results have come to reality. The forum included all kind of meetings about the Internet and included topics ranging from the technical to freedom of speech. Read More »

EU official blasts Azerbaijan after troubling Baku visit

Nov 12, 2012

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes had particularly tough criticism for Azerbaijan following an eventful trip to Baku for the U.N.-sponsored Internet Governance Forum, where she said she was barred from visiting a prison hospital and her staff’s computers were hacked into. Read More »

A local perspective on the Internet Governance Forum

Oct 31, 2012

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in Baku  in a few days, will bring hundreds of international visitors to Azerbaijan. They will discuss Internet governance for sustainable human, economic and social development.

But how will this global conference influence our local situation? Read More »

Azeri blogger’s continued detention sparks international condemnation

Oct 5, 2012

International criticism is mounting over the arrest of an activist blogger in Azerbaijan last week. On 3 October, Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the arrest of 25-year-old Zaur Gurbanli, saying, “There is little doubt that Gurbanli’s arrest is linked to his blogging and political activities.” Read More »

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

Sep 25, 2012

When it comes to the battle over the Internet, repressive governments have been pushing hard over the past year to gain greater control over what their citizens say and see online.  Read More »

IGF brings Internet dicussions to Azerbaijan

Sep 24, 2012

From 6-9 November the Internet Governance Forum will be held in Baku. This event, probably one of the world’s biggest Internet policy events, brings together many local and international organizations in order to discuss issues from all over the world, and not all of the the issues pleasant.  Read More »

Central Asia & Caucasus: The Promise and Pitfalls of New Election Technologies

In announcing that Georgia’s parliamentary elections would take place October 1, President Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration affirmed its commitment to conduct what one official said would be an “exemplary” vote. New technologies are helping election monitors hold officials to such pledges, but they still have limitations, experts say. Read More »

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