Belarus

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 »

IT guys pinpoint exact location of Spamalot

Jul 25, 2013

Belarus has grabbed the dubious honor of being the biggest worldwide source of spam per capita, according to the BBC. Data from the Cloudmark security firm flagged 27 percent of Belarusian IP addresses as known sources of spam, with Romania in second place at 22 percent.

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In Belarus, gadgets gadgets everywhere nor any freedom to tweet

Feb 13, 2013

Perhaps you saw the funny quote in my news feed on Facebook that read: “This country looks like a post-apocalyptic world. Everyone has got gadgets, phones, and tablets – and around you see broken roads and loads of waste”. Read More »

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Dec 24, 2012
Social participation is something that works for Russia sometimes as well as in the West. Or at least, OK, better than it does in Belarus.

In Belarus, converting online power to offline momentum

Dec 10, 2012

Belarus is known for its peculiar attitude to its own culture (or maybe it’s better to say we have a peculiar attitude to our president who has been running the country without any changes since 1994). Read More »

Belarusian language finds refuge in online community

Nov 22, 2012

Belarus is a country with two state languages: Belarusian and Russian. While the first one stands higher in the national constitution, that’s only because B comes earlier than R in the alphabet. As of the 2009 national census, fewer than 2/3 of the population call Belarusian their native language but not even 1/4 reported speaking it. In comparison, more than 80 percent claimed Belarusian as their native language in the 1999 census. Read More »

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 »

Wikimedia turns to contest to boost photo bank

Oct 1, 2012

Participants worldwide are uploading their photos of local monuments to Wikimedia commons as part of Wiki Loves Monuments a global photography contest that aims to crowdsource high quality images for the online encyclopedia. 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 »

Kyrgyzstan: Facebook Post Spurs Row with Belarus

Sep 10, 2012

A photo taken by a Minsk-based democracy activist, Mikhail Pashkevich, has sent relations between the former-Soviet republics of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan into a nosedive. Read More »

Belarusian opposition VK groups hacked, admins arrested

Aug 30, 2012

Unknown hackers have hacked a popular opposition community page in the social network of VKontakte.ru, and at the same time several of the pages’ moderators have been arrested. Read More »

Belarusian blogger signs up for election, turns to VK for help

Jul 20, 2012

Ihar Slucak, the blogger who inspired the “State in Belarusian” campaign, is planning to stand for the Belarusian parliamentary elections in September 2012. His team, as well as the district he would run in, has been picked through VKontakte, the the biggest Russian-speaking social network ,which claims to host at least 4,000,000 accounts from Belarus. Read More »

ElectBy returns for elections in Belarus

Jul 12, 2012

ElectBy.org, an Ushahidi-based platform for monitoring electoral violations, has returned to Belarus after a 16-month absence. The platform, created on the eve of the 2010 elections, collected nearly 650 reports of irregularities by December 19. On election day, the website received more than 8,000 visitors. Read More »

Cyberactivism branches out beyond just politics in Belarus

Jul 9, 2012

Social networks dealing with local issues is hardly anything new, but in Belarus they tend to focus exclusively on politics. (an example of the latter is the revolution, organized through social networks, that rocked the streets of Minsk in the summer 2011).

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