A Russian government official has been accused of editing the Russian-lanugage version of the MH17 Wikipedia page.
Malaysian Airline Flight, MH17, was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, 17 July. The flight was on a scheduled run from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed, killing all 298 people onboard. In recent days, the focus has shifted from the crash itself to the topic of who is responsible. As the world started pointing fingers at Russia, President Putin immediately placed the blame on the Ukrainian military. Read More »
This post is part of our Special Coverage Ukraine’s #Euromaidan Protests.
Almost a week after being ousted, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych surfaced in the Russian Federation, while Russian military forces have flooded Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine located on the Crimean Black Sea peninsula. Read More »
YanukovychLeaks.org is a new website created by Ukrainian journalists to publish documents that were found in Victor Yanukovych’s residence. Many of them document evidence of massive corruption of the regime.
“One morning, after the dissolution of the student protests on Maidan, we woke up in another country,” said Pavlo Pedenko, one of the creators of Maidan Chronicles, as he explained the pretext of the idea to build a platform that preserves and gathers all the data from social media related to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. Read More »
A proxy group working for Ukraine’s ruling Party of Regions organized a stealth public relations campaign in the States, contacting American conservative bloggers and paying them for favorable posts across social media platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The campaign started around the time of last fall’s parliamentary elections.
Typically, university students are warned to avoid citing Wikipedia in essays.
However, a few particularly forward-looking universities in Poland and Ukraine are urging their students to write articles for Wikipedia, rather than employing Wikipedia quotes for essays that would probably just ‘gather dust’ once they’ve been graded, according to the Global Post.
U.S. officials are calling Ukraine the world’s “worst abuser of intellectual property rights,” charging that Internet piracy there has gotten so bad that even government agencies are using illegal software, according to AFP. In response, U.S. trade officials said they are considering trade restrictions against Kyiv. Read More »
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.
The Ukrainian government shut down two websites–Ex.ua and Roadcontrol.org.ua–earlier this month, only to reopen them days later. Read More »
To celebrate Ukraine’s national language day earlier this month, Facebook user Fedir Gontsa photoshopped an image of American actor Chuck Norris holding a book written in Ukrainian. Global Voices tells the story of how that small prank got mistaken for the truth and was reprinted in several Ukrainian news outlets with the story that Norris had met with Ukrainian expats in Canada.
Just goes to show, social media might be a great place to find new stories, but it is no replacement for old-fashioned just-the-facts reporting.