Site taps crowdsourcing to find missing children in Russia

Jun 29, 2012

The emergence of the search and rescue team Liza Alert [ru] is hardly a typical story for the Web.

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Do androids dream of Russian investors?

Jun 26, 2012

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 »

Russian team uncovers Stuxnet on steroids

Jun 3, 2012

In 2009 a computer worm known today as Stuxnet began to tunnel through the networks of industrial programs around the world.

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In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

May 28, 2012

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 »

Russian satellite shows a different shade of Earth

May 16, 2012

There are some beautiful images that’ve been making the rounds on the web this week that are worth taking a look at. They are shots of Earth from space taken by a Russian weather satellite. Read More »

Facebook will make Russia’s richest man even richer

May 10, 2012

Alisher Usmanov likes Facebook, but he’ll probably like it even more after the company’s IPO on 18 May. Read More »

Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Apr 24, 2012

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.

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Russians get guidance for online activism with webinar

Apr 18, 2012

Last week I delivered webinar for Oxfam Russia focusing on new media called, “Online social activism and bloggers”. Read More »

Is Belarus finally crossing the Facebook language divide?

Mar 13, 2012

We all remember the Facebook map of the world, where the regions with an active Facebook presence are highlighted. The map states the obvious: the light represents the areas with domination of English, Portuguese, French, Spanish-even Polish languages. Read More »

Google Street View coming to Bulgaria

Feb 27, 2012

It looks like Bulgaria is the next country for Google’s team to photograph for its Street View project.   Read More »

Medvedev’s Facebook page blocked for Georgians

Feb 24, 2012

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 users, wanted to express their position concerning Russian policy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Read More »

For Russian readers, “e” means free

Feb 22, 2012

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.

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DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

Feb 21, 2012

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 »

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Feb 20, 2012

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 »

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