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Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Aug 22, 2013

It calls itself “Your Accessible European Bank” and is partly owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an institution pledged to uphold democratic values. Read More »

Teen suicides put Latvia’s Ask.fm under scrutiny

Aug 14, 2013

The parents of the Latvian founders of a social media platform involved in a British suicide row are defending their sons, the Daily Mail writes. Latvian entrepreneurs and founders of Ask.fm, Ilja Terebin, 34, and Mark Terebin, 29, have come under fire from relatives of teens who have committed suicide after being cyber-bullied. Read More »

Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Jun 25, 2013

Amazon is on the verge of setting up an operation in Poland, Polish Radio reports, citing theRzeczpospolita daily and an unnamed source. But contrary to earlier reports, its new offices in Warsaw will concentrate on IT services rather than offering a full Polish version of its global online retail outlet.

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Kazakhstan climbs up the post-Soviet IT heap

Apr 24, 2013

In the annual Global Information Technology Report of the World Economic Forum, Kazakhstan has outshone its Central Asian neighbors – and Russia – to rank 43 of 144 countries, EurasiaNet.org reports. Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, ranks at the bottom of all post-Soviet nations, at 118.     Read More »

ACTA to face European Court

Feb 24, 2012

Karel de Gucht, the European Union’s  trade commissioner, said the European Court of Justice will review the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty. The ratification process for the treaty will not proceed until the EU’s highest court weighs in, he said.

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With the help of its citizens, Georgia’s Google Map to be colored in

Aug 8, 2011

This year, Georgia was mapped for the first time … on Google, that is. Due to efforts in Georgia, geographic detail is finally available on Google Map Maker, a service launched by Google in 2008 to open Google Maps to community collaborative effort, and will soon be available on Google Maps itself. Read More »

Is Online Collaboration the Key to Anti-Corruption?

Aug 7, 2011

While high costs and low speeds, heavily regulated content, and daily threats of violence and arrest continue to frustrate journalists working online in Russia and Central Asia, increasingly, networks of young activists have been using the latest developments in social media to promote anti-corruption. Read More »

Eastern European states in a social networking frenzy

Jul 28, 2011

According to the Economist, internet users in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and Latvia are among the most likely people in the EU to visit social networking sites. Read More »

Twitter launches tool for journalists

Jun 29, 2011

With #TfN Twitter aims to become an indispensable resource for reporters and editors. Read More »

Internet Access a Human Right says UN

Jun 13, 2011

Supposedly inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings and the ongoing debate around online whistleblowing, last week the United Nations sent out a report declaring that internet access is a human right, stating that “the Internet has become a key means by which individuals can exercise their right to freedom and expression.” Read More »

Welcome to Net Prophet

Jun 10, 2011

Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally. Read More »

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