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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Central Asian SICamp Redux: smaller, more wired, and with beer smuggling

Jun 6, 2012

The second Social innovation camp was held 31 May – 3 June in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Although smaller than its predecessor in 2011 on the Kyrgyz Issyk Kul, it has had some changes that made it a great event. Read More »

A (not-so) new social network springs up in Uzbekistan

Jun 5, 2012

Look out, Facebook. In Uzbekistan, there’s a new competitor on the social-networking scene that is making no attempt to hide what it’s trying to be.

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Spreading social innovation in Central Asia with SICamp 2012

Apr 16, 2012
Transitions is launching the second SICamp, together with the Soros Foundation in Kazakhstan, which will take place on 17-20 May in or near Almaty. Read More »

Understanding disabilities in Kazakhstan with ‘more than a blog’

Apr 2, 2012

Of all the ideas and trends which cyberspace offers in Central Asia, health and social problems still lack representation on the web. Read More »

Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Mar 22, 2012

With all the news in the past year about social media being used to organize protests, revolutions and better access to information, it can be easy to forget that the Internet can also be used to help people fulfill a much more fundamental human need: love. Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Feb 18, 2012

As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Feb 16, 2012

So far the recent anti-piracy act in Kazakhstan has had some pretty chilling effects on local business. Read More »

New copyright law could paralyze Kazakh NGOs

Feb 8, 2012

As if following in the steps of the USA and Europe, which are now battling over copyright laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, Kazakhstan has enacted changes to their existing copyright protection acts–changes which will no doubt have a significant impact on the way information is spread over the Kaznet. Read More »

Tinkering with Wikipedia part of Kazakh government’s PR strategy?

Jan 20, 2012

The Kazakh government has long been known to spend millions abroad to improve its international image, hiring prominent public relations firms like BGR Gabara, Portland Communications, Tony Blair Associates, and Media Consulta. But EurasiaNet reports that some of those companies appear to have gone beyond arranging the typical infomercials on big international channels and similar strategies. The website has uncovered several examples of alleged manipulation on Wikipedia entries related to Kazakhstan officials and government interests. Read More »

Tradition gets tech update with Kazakh ‘IT Yurt’

Dec 25, 2011

A library in the east Kazakhstan city of Ust-Kamenogorsk is trying a new way to get kids connected to information.  Earlier this month, the city’s Pushkin Library opened a new IT center housed in a yurt structure. Read More »

Cyber-censorship in Central Asia a growing concern

Dec 1, 2011

The Internet has never been very free in Central Asia, but recent crackdowns in the region have watchdogs worried the situation is actually deteriorating.

report released this month by an international collection of human-rights groups looks at Internet control and censorship in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – especially in light of how these countries use threats of terrorism and religious extremism to justify tightening their grip on the Internet.

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‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

Sep 13, 2011

Though Nursultan Nazarbayev’s oil-rich Kazakhstan may be the wealthiest country in Central Asia, its Internet is certainly not the freest these days, as the latest crackdown on supposed “extreme” websites proves. Read More »

WordPress Woes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Jun 28, 2011

Our partners at neweurasia are reporting that access to the popular WordPress publishing platform has been cut off from users in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, creating severe headaches for bloggers working in the countries. Read More »

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