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Internet usage in Georgia

Internet usage in Georgia

Jan 30, 2012
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Only two percent of internet users in Georgia run their own blogs or read other blogs, forty percent mainly connect internet for social networks, twenty percent use to learn news, Forty-five percent search information, – a result of survey carried out by the Caucasus Research Resource Centre (CRRC) in 2009 and 2011 following the order by Eurasia Partnership Foundation. Read More »

Fast digitization of TV could create problems for Bakuvians

Fast digitization of TV could create problems for Bakuvians

Jan 28, 2012
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The recent announcement of changes in television broadcasting has not been advertised among the population of Azerbaijan even though it will affect everybody. The Ministry of Communications and İnformation Technology have made the decision on to stop  analogue terrestial broadcasting in Baku and the Absheron peninsula, but very few people know about this.  Read More »

Azerbaijani Eurovision website still not ready

Azerbaijani Eurovision website still not ready

Jan 23, 2012
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While the whole country is buzzing about the coming Eurovision song contest in May, the website for it is not prepared yet.

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The truth behind the Belarus Internet ‘crackdown’

The truth behind the Belarus Internet ‘crackdown’

Jan 19, 2012
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The last week a wave of publications about increasing Internet control in Belarus has spread across the Western Internet. It has come back to the Belarusian segment in translations suggesting that “the citizens of the small country will no longer be able to use the foreign websites as they will be fined for that” and the Internet is close to being completely closed off.

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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 »

Hungary rings in the New Year with 140 characters

Hungary rings in the New Year with 140 characters

Jan 6, 2012
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Hungarians sent an extrodinary number of text messages to toast the new year this year, according to the Budapest Business Journal.  The number of messages sent on New Year  by users of the three largest carriers are more than triple the country’s population. Read More »

Internet use continues to grow in Uzbekistan despite government obstacles

Internet use continues to grow in Uzbekistan despite government obstacles

Jan 4, 2012
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Despite tight government reins on the Internet, citizens of Uzbekistan are coming online in increasing numbers, according to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Citing a year-end report by the state communications agency, the news service says that of the country’s 28 million residents, almost 8 million were registered Internet users in 2011. Twenty percent had access to mobile Internet. Read More »

Crowdsourcing tapped in initiative to add Kyrgyz to Google Translate

Crowdsourcing tapped in initiative to add Kyrgyz to Google Translate

Dec 14, 2011
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Kyrgyz speakers recruited on Facebook and other social networking sites have submitted nearly 30,000 pairs of texts in Kyrgyz and English in an effort aimed at getting Google to add Kyrgyz to the list of languages available on its automatic translation site.

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Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Dec 10, 2011
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A story started making its way around the Belarusian Internet several days ago when the state ISP Beltelecom sent its subscribers a request to change the DNS servers manually in order to “comply with the legislature on controlling Internet access”. Read More »

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 »

New and improved networking in Russia

New and improved networking in Russia

Oct 31, 2011
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Russian Blogosphere

Infographic on the Russian Blogosphere by the Berkman Center at Harvard University, October 2010

A new report, “Social Change and the Russian Network Society,” by Gregory Asmolov and Josh Machleder has been published on information technology in Russian civil society. They explain how new information technology has given rise to the “Fifth Estate,” a social media-oriented network society that is taking its place alongside traditional media and is changing the way Russians consume information. 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 »

Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Aug 23, 2011
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Satellite dishes have been declared a stain on Ashgabat’s landscape by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, but is the move to scrap the dishes a ploy to curtail access to international media? Read More »

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Jul 14, 2011
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After the July 7 explosion in Abadan, citizen journalists flocked to social media sites, including the Turkmen social network Teswirler, to ascertain the cause and casualties of the event. Read More »

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