The word “robot” was first created and popularized in the 1920s by the Czech brothers Karel and Josef Capek. The term is derived the Czech robotnik, “slave”, but the root “robot” is used in many Slavic languages to mean “work” or “labour”. Now, it seems, it’s a Russian who wants to make the word an everyday term by fuelling a robot revolution and developing robotics into a mass consumer product. Read More »
In 2009 a computer worm known today as Stuxnet began to tunnel through the networks of industrial programs around the world.
It was bound to happen at some point.
In Russia, it now seems the Internet is a more popular source of information than TV – sort of. Read More »
Alisher Usmanov likes Facebook, but he’ll probably like it even more after the company’s IPO on 18 May. Read More »
A showdown seems to be fast approaching in Russia, where state authorities are moving closer to widening Internet censorship. Claiming that Western influences are creating instability in Russia through the Internet, major political figures in Russia have invoked the experience of the Arab Spring to justify increased state intervention.
Last week I delivered webinar for Oxfam Russia focusing on new media called, “Online social activism and bloggers”. Read More »
It looks like Bulgaria is the next country for Google’s team to photograph for its Street View project. Read More »
Hundreds of posts demanding the withdrawal of Russian solders from Georgia’s breakaway regions on Russian president Dimitry Medvedev’s Facebook page were removed by the administrator, and Georgian users were blocked from accessing the site. Online activists, consisting of forum.ge users, wanted to express their position concerning Russian policy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Read More »
MOSCOW | Russia appears well-placed to become the European e-book leader. The market for books is the largest on the continent, with 140 million people in Russia and millions of Russian speakers in neighboring countries. Internet use is on a long-term upward trend; Russia now counts about 55 million Internet users, more than any other country in Europe.
Demian Kudryavtsev, the executive director of Kommersant newspaper, a leading publication in Russia on economics and business, has demanded the Ministry of Interior start a case against Kristina Potupchik, the press secretary for Nashi, the pro-Putin youth group. In his blog, Kudryavtsev blames Potupchik for the recent DDoS attacks on Kommersant’s website. Read More »
Several videos in support of Putin for the upcoming election disappeared for one day from YouTube and an unlikely Putin supporter raises some eyebrows. Read More »