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Witnessing the economic crisis: Citizen journalism in Belarus

Witnessing the economic crisis: Citizen journalism in Belarus

Mar 1, 2012
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Citizen journalism is a great way of getting facts and local news directly from the source–from the community itself. This information can always be processed and published later by the professional journalists. However in Belarus, citizen journalism has yet to take off. Read More »

For Russian readers, “e” means free

For Russian readers, “e” means free

Feb 22, 2012
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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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4G is comming to Azerbaijan in May

4G is comming to Azerbaijan in May

Feb 17, 2012
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On 17 February, the biggest mobile operator in Azerbaijan–Azercell–received principal consent from the government to launch the 4G system. Read More »

Online gambling a problem in Georgia

Online gambling a problem in Georgia

Jan 28, 2012
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EurasiaNet posted a great article last week on Georgia and the increasingly serious problem of online gambling.  Already, the online gambling site Adjarabet.com is the second most visited website in the country.  The exact extent of the problem is unknown, according to the article, as Georgia does not issue licenses for online casinos.

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The digital counter-revolution

The digital counter-revolution

Jan 16, 2012
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Digitization, hyped as the savior of Eastern European TV, instead is bringing us more of the same old thing. (From Transitions Online) Read More »

Slovenian online media join forces in paid content scheme

Slovenian online media join forces in paid content scheme

Jan 11, 2012
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Nine months after Slovakia’s major online media outlets put much of their content behind a paywall, Piano Media, the system operator, will launch the scheme in Slovenia. Read More »

Restart Romania featured on HuffPo

Restart Romania featured on HuffPo

Dec 15, 2011
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Last month we brought you news of the the RestartRomania project, a project by TechSoup to help several projects by Romanian citizens to find new ways to implement socia media to tackle some of the country’s biggest issues. Read More »

Online bookstore targets Georgian language

Online bookstore targets Georgian language

Nov 28, 2011
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The website www.lit.ge recently launched the first electronic book shop in Georgia. The company provides the “Yota Reader” completely adapted to the Georgian language.

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To .bg, or not to .bg, that is the question

To .bg, or not to .bg, that is the question

Nov 21, 2011
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After having been denied several times, Bulgaria is trying again to be able to register Internet domain names in Cyrillic.  The country would like to be able to register websites with the suffix “.бг”, though the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has rejected because of its close resemblance to that of Brazil’s “.br” according to an article in the Bulgarian news agency Novinite.  Read More »

Romania uses social media to confront apathy

Romania uses social media to confront apathy

Nov 16, 2011
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Activists and civil society participants in Romania are coming up with innovative ways of combatting problems they see in their communities. A recent blog post on Tech Soup Global talks about what seems to have been a really productive competition called Restart Romania. The competition, organized  by Tech Soup Romania, was designed to find, develop and support a few of the best ideas. Read More »

Georgia’s most popular man

Georgia’s most popular man

Nov 7, 2011
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He is the most popular Georgian on Facebook, and the number of his fans increased after a recent announcement by his billionaire father, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s richest man according to Forbes, with an estimated worth of $5.5billion. Ivanishvili declared that he would form a political party and take part in the 2012 parliamentary elections.

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Mediafabric brings global tech experts to Prague

Mediafabric brings global tech experts to Prague

Oct 3, 2011
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A host of journalists, editors, technologists, developers, designers and hackers will be descending on Prague on October 21 for Mediafabric 2011, a day-long hackathon curated by open-source software startup, Sourcefabric. Read More »

Apple opens online stores in Central Europe

Apple opens online stores in Central Europe

Sep 26, 2011
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Until now, users of Apple products in Central and Eastern Europe – including the increasingly popular iPhone and iPad devices – haven’t been able to access dedicated online stores to purchase country-specific software and hardware, a service that much of the rest of Europe takes for granted. Read More »

Photo-journalists face copyright problems in Azerbaijan

Photo-journalists face copyright problems in Azerbaijan

Aug 12, 2011
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One of the few Azerbaijani photography agencies with an online presence is facing problems with copyright. The Free Photoreporters website is unique in that it is updated frequently with work from well known photo-journalists based in and around Azerbaijan. Read More »

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