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Russia: Lawmaker Wants to Regulate Social Networks

Russia: Lawmaker Wants to Regulate Social Networks

Oct 22, 2012
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In the echo-chamber of RuNet it is easy for bloggers to fall prey to sensationalist headlines. A case in point:

A few days ago several bloggers were incensed by the idea that a Duma committee responsible for legislating the Internet was going to propose a new law [ru] requiring passport identification for users of social networks. Read More »

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Oct 18, 2012
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Bribr [ru; App StoreFacebook] is a newly-launched iPhone/iPad app that allows anonymous users in Russia to submit the locations and the amounts of the bribes they pay. Later, it will be possible to report on the bribes taken as well. Read More »

Azeri blogger’s continued detention sparks international condemnation

Azeri blogger’s continued detention sparks international condemnation

Oct 5, 2012
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International criticism is mounting over the arrest of an activist blogger in Azerbaijan last week. On 3 October, Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the arrest of 25-year-old Zaur Gurbanli, saying, “There is little doubt that Gurbanli’s arrest is linked to his blogging and political activities.” Read More »

Uzbekistan seizes MTS subsidiary

Uzbekistan seizes MTS subsidiary

Sep 20, 2012
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MTS, Russia’s largest mobile company, had its local Uzbekistan subsidiary seized by authorities and four of its manager’s sentenced following a court verdict on 17 September, reports Bloomberg. Read More »

Balkans reaffirm commitment to data protection

Balkans reaffirm commitment to data protection

It should come as no surprise that the EU considers the protection of personal data as a fundamental right guaranteed by a number of international and national legal acts. These laws cover the right to have private and family life respected, the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, and the free movement of such data. Read More »

Crowd-sourced map takes aim at Serbia’s gun culture

Crowd-sourced map takes aim at Serbia’s gun culture

Aug 21, 2012
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In early September, gun control advocates in Serbia will launch an online crowd-mapping platform with the hope of challenging the preconceived notion of a gun culture in a country with one of the highest gun-ownership rates in the world. Read More »

Russian anti-corruption fighter says office bugged

Russian anti-corruption fighter says office bugged

Aug 7, 2012
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Several hidden listening devices and a video camera were found in the Moscow office of Russian anti-corruption activist, blogger, and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, according to RIA Novosti. Navalny said in a blog post that devices were found after his friend and lawyer, Andrei Mishchenkov, thought to bring a bug detector to his office at RosPil, a nonprofit aimed at exposing corruption in Russian government. Read More »

Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

Wiretapping and retention of users’ data by government agencies has increased across Europe in the last years. The trend has been thoroughly analyzed in a report by the European Commission. Read More »

Cyberactivism branches out beyond just politics in Belarus

Cyberactivism branches out beyond just politics in Belarus

Jul 9, 2012
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Social networks dealing with local issues is hardly anything new, but in Belarus they tend to focus exclusively on politics. (an example of the latter is the revolution, organized through social networks, that rocked the streets of Minsk in the summer 2011).

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Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

The number of people who are wiretapped in Serbia and the Southeast European region has increased over the years, mainly due to countries’ desire to fight organised crime and corruption. However, the crime-fighting tool is not always being implemented legally. Read More »

Georgian police seize satellites in vote-bribing investigation

Georgian police seize satellites in vote-bribing investigation

Jun 22, 2012
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Georgian police have seized the satellite dishes of Global TV, a cable network whose largest shareowner is the the brother of opposition leader and billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, according to The New York Times. Read More »

Azerbaijan frees jailed Facebook activist

Azerbaijan frees jailed Facebook activist

Jun 7, 2012
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Azerbaijani activist and former parliamentary candidate Bakhtiyar Hajiyev was released from prison today, according to Radio Free Europe. The release comes two days before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to visit Baku. The report does not say if the release was a pardon or probation. Read More »

Russian team uncovers Stuxnet on steroids

Russian team uncovers Stuxnet on steroids

Jun 3, 2012
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In 2009 a computer worm known today as Stuxnet began to tunnel through the networks of industrial programs around the world.

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Romanian police nab Anonymous hacktivists

Romanian police nab Anonymous hacktivists

May 31, 2012
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Police in Romania say they have broken up a Romanian branch of the global hacking collective known as Anonymous, according to Mediafax.ro.

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