New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

Hungary, like many other countries in the region, has an on-going corruption problem on almost every level of governance. A new project created by investigative website Átlátszó.hu and Transparency International,, has taken on the task of collecting reports from citizens about cases of bribery and corruption in the country. Read More »

Storming the Castle

Jun 24, 2013

Jan Figel, a leading Slovak politician, should be a conservative and outwardly acts that way. He is chairman of the Christian Democratic Party and deputy chairman of the Slovak parliament. But perhaps because he was a European commissioner and picked up something in Europe, he let himself become, on 16 June, the first Central European politician to publicly try out Google Glass, a revolutionary toy in the history of the Internet and mobile technologies. Read More »

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

In an unexpected move last week, Parliamentarians in Hungary took action to change the country’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in an effort to limit the scope of data accessible to the public under the law. 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 »

Hungarian community news site takes on neglected fire hydrants

Aug 2, 2012

Dávid Fáber is the founder of nagyková [hu], a community news site of Nagykovácsi, a small town in Hungary’s Pest County. The fire that broke out on March 28 on the local Kutya mountain mobilized not only the firefighters, but users of’s forum as well. Below is the interview with Mr. Fáber, who started the Nagykovácsi Citizen Fire Hydrant Task Force. Read More »

Google takedown requests on the rise in Eastern Europe

Jul 5, 2012

Google released its transparency report for 2011 last month, revealing that more governments in Eastern Europe were monitoring the online activity of their citizens than ever before. Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Macedonia, and Hungary appeared again, while Ukraine and the Czech Republic are on the list for the first time.

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Hungary to host CERN data center

May 9, 2012

The old joke about the world’s smartest physicists not having any communication barrier – because they all speak Hungarian – seems to be taken at face value by CERN, the European nuclear research center.

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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 »

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 »

Apple opens online stores in Central Europe

Sep 26, 2011

Until now, users of Apple products in Central and Eastern Europe – including the increasingly popular iPhone and iPad devices – haven’t been able to access dedicated online stores to purchase country-specific software and hardware, a service that much of the rest of Europe takes for granted. Read More »

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