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The Caucasus Network: in blogs, Russian is the common language

The Caucasus Network: in blogs, Russian is the common language

Feb 21, 2014
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This article is part of an extensive RuNet Echo study of the North Caucasus blogosphere. Explore the complete report and personal stories on The Caucasus Network page.

Russian is the lingua franca that bridges the republics of the North Caucasus. None of the many indigenous non-Russian languages dominate any of the blogging platforms in the North Caucasus, even the forums dedicated exclusively to regions’ internal issues operate in Russian. Read More »

Chronicles of Euromaidan: digging into the social media

Chronicles of Euromaidan: digging into the social media

Feb 14, 2014
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“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 »

New Russian smartphone launches as iPhone-phobia mounts

New Russian smartphone launches as iPhone-phobia mounts

Dec 12, 2013
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Amid spying concerns after the revelation of U.S. security agencies’ wiretaps of foreign leaders, Russia is considering making its officials give up their iPhones in favor of a new smartphone made by the Russian firm Yota, RIA Novosti reports.

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4M Forum in Tbilisi

4M Forum in Tbilisi

Nov 22, 2013
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Regional 4M Forum brought more than one hundred journalists, media professionals and online activists from the south Caucasus and other European countries to Tbilisi to discuss today’s pressing issues of the Internet and online media on November 14-15.
The forum presented the south Caucasus participants with opportunities for networking and an open environment for sharing challenges and problems faced in the field. The collaborative atmosphere allowed participants to find out how other journalists from other countries deal with similar obstacles.

German freelance reporter Deborah Wild, who is now based in Yerevan, said,  “The forum showed the importance of social media in various situations and most essentially showed that there is a great difference between countries. In some countries social media has become the tool to get the messages out, because journalists can not report by traditional means, like for example, in Azerbaijan and Belarus. While in Georgia, it is a very different situation, as social media tools are used as a platform for discussion.”
The forum consisted of 17 sessions, and sample topics included: new economic models in a new media environment,  crowd funding as a tool to encourage a sustainable media, citizen participation in news gathering, and increased cooperation among citizen and professional journalists.
Canal France International organized the 2013 4M Forum.
Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Aug 22, 2013
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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

Teen suicides put Latvia’s Ask.fm under scrutiny

Aug 14, 2013
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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 »

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Aug 5, 2013
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Moscow’s metro system will soon be equipped with devices able to read data off people’s mobile phones.

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Russian security service gets old school to protect secrets

Russian security service gets old school to protect secrets

Jul 12, 2013
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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 »

Trading the Bachelor’s thesis for … Wikipedia

Trading the Bachelor’s thesis for … Wikipedia

Jul 1, 2013
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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.

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Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

Jun 24, 2013
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Jan Figel, a leading Slovak politician, should be a conservative and outwardly acts that way. He is chairman of the Christian Democratic Party and deputy chairman of the Slovak parliament. But perhaps because he was a European commissioner and picked up something in Europe, he let himself become, on 16 June, the first Central European politician to publicly try out Google Glass, a revolutionary toy in the history of the Internet and mobile technologies. Read More »

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

Jun 14, 2013
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Brace yourself. The cyberwar is coming.
Since last week, when the world learned about PRISM, a vast and secret American electronic surveillance program, Russian state officials have expressed renewed concerns about foreign social networks posing a national security threat.

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Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Jun 13, 2013
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The Krizová mapa Česka, or Crisis Map Czech, an online disaster-mapping project created by a Czech television channel, has provided Czech citizens with up-to-date information about the flooding in the Czech Republic.
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Kazakhstan climbs up the post-Soviet IT heap

Kazakhstan climbs up the post-Soviet IT heap

Apr 24, 2013
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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 »

Latvia whizzes in as Wi-Fi wonderland

Latvia whizzes in as Wi-Fi wonderland

Apr 23, 2013
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Estonians often boast that free wireless Internet access is available throughout their country — even in remote forests and along deserted beaches. And now neighboring Latvia will be able to tout the same thing. Read More »

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