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SICamp 2013 takes off in Moldova

Jul 26, 2013
SICamp Moldova 2013 will take place this weekend. Out of 152 applicants 45 were selected to work in teams to tackle nine different social issues using technology and new media. Read More »

U.S. bloggers courted to whitewash Ukraine’s Party of Regions

Jul 26, 2013
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. Read More »

IT guys pinpoint exact location of Spamalot

Jul 25, 2013
Belarus has grabbed the dubious honor of being the biggest worldwide source of spam per capita, according to the BBC. Data from the Cloudmark security firm flagged 27 percent of Belarusian IP addresses as known sources of spam, with Romania in second place at 22 percent. Read More »

Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Jul 23, 2013
Over the past spring, the Moldovan new-media NGO MediaPoint has been working with hundreds of youth across the country to get them up-to-speed on the ins and outs of social media, blogging, and web literacy. Read More »

Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Jul 23, 2013
Three Uzbek entrepreneurs have founded a new picture-sharing social media site called Modera, according to the Sacramento Press. Read More »

The terrifying potential of a post-Navalny Russia

On the eve of being sentenced to a five-year term in a penal colony, Alexey Navalny blogged about puffer fish. The Russian opposition would be remiss to think of itself as a school of small fish being pursued by a big predatory fish (i.e. the Kremlin), he wrote on his blog. The predator was simply putting on an act to conceal its weakness. Read More »

Web of Mystery

TIRASPOL | An unusual event took place 7 July in Tiraspol, the chief city of Transdniester, when a group of protesters gathered on a park square and called for a stop to the obstruction of websites critical of the government. It marked the first public demonstration against the administration of President Yevgeny Shevchuk since he came to power 18 months ago, pledging a more open style of governing in the unrecognized quasi-state of fewer than half a million inhabitants. Read More »

Digitalization wraps up in Poland: Bad news for broadcasters, good news for viewers?

Jul 18, 2013
As Poland has gradually switched from its antiqued analogue television system to a more updated digital system, four of the largest TV channels have experienced a sharp drop in viewers, while at the same time, the number of digital television users continues to grow. Read More »

Tragedy ignites online friendship between Romanians and Montenegrins

In one of the most tragic road accidents ever seen in Montenegro, 18 Romanian nationals lost their lives and 29 were injured on June 23, 2013 when a Romanian bus full of tourists ran off the Grlo bridge 30 kilometers away from the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica into a 40-meter-deep ravine of the Morača canyon. Read More »

Religious group unveils violent anti-Pussy Riot game

Jul 15, 2013
Released by a Russian Orthodox youth organization, a new video game explicitly targets the feminist punk band Pussy Riot that became an international cause after its members were jailed for an antigovernment performance at a Moscow church last year, Reuters reports. Read More »

Russian security service gets old school to protect secrets

Jul 12, 2013
The recent allegations over the widespread extent of the America’s surveillance program have prompted Russia to regress to a more low-tech alternative to computers—typewriters. Read More »

Constitutional court upholds online defamation law

Jul 10, 2013
On 9 July, the Russian Constitutional Court in St. Petersburg ruled that website owners are responsible for the removal of defamatory information from their sites even if it was posted by a third party. Read More »

SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

Tajikistan hosted the third Central Asian Social Innovation Camp this year between 29 June and 3 July outside of Dushanbe. Read More »

The day Russia’s libraries stood still

On July 2, 2013 three of Russia's popular online libraries blocked user access to their websites and collections as a way to protest a new law aimed at combating internet piracy (see RuNet Echo coverage here [GV]), which passed Russia's lower house of parliament on June 21, 2013. Read More »
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