Serbia

Serbian bloggers censored for criticizing flood relief efforts

     

"Don't let them flood you." Image is a screenshot from Twitter.

 

In late May 2014, Serbia was hit hard by flooding in what became the largest natural disaster the region has seen in the past century. The catastrophic floods not only have taken a yet unknown number of lives and homes, but have also brought to light the pressure and censorship the current government, led by the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), has been placing on media.
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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 »

Balkans reaffirm commitment to data protection

Sep 19, 2012

It should come as no surprise that the EU considers the protection of personal data as a fundamental right guaranteed by a number of international and national legal acts. These laws cover the right to have private and family life respected, the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, and the free movement of such data. Read More »

Crowd-sourced map takes aim at Serbia’s gun culture

Aug 21, 2012

In early September, gun control advocates in Serbia will launch an online crowd-mapping platform with the hope of challenging the preconceived notion of a gun culture in a country with one of the highest gun-ownership rates in the world. Read More »

Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

Jul 27, 2012

Wiretapping and retention of users’ data by government agencies has increased across Europe in the last years. The trend has been thoroughly analyzed in a report by the European Commission. Read More »

Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

The number of people who are wiretapped in Serbia and the Southeast European region has increased over the years, mainly due to countries’ desire to fight organised crime and corruption. However, the crime-fighting tool is not always being implemented legally. Read More »

Serbian journalists, activists develop online presence

Mar 30, 2012

Serbian journalists, human rights activists, and media specialists met in Belgrade this month to help develop their online presence.

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Belgrade launches SMS bus schedules

Mar 27, 2012

Perhaps the worst thing about waiting for a bus is not knowing whether your wait will be another three minutes or another 30 minutes. Fortunately, public transportation users in Belgrade have a new way to check for their bus’s ETA with only a cell phone. Read More »

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