Crime

Stealing money via the Internet to pay for wedding flowers

Stealing money via the Internet to pay for wedding flowers

Mar 19, 2012
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Weddings can be pretty expensive these days. One groom-to-be in Azerbaijan–perhaps feeling the sting in his wallet–went to desperate measures to make sure his big day looked nice. Read More »

ACTA to face European Court

ACTA to face European Court

Feb 24, 2012
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Karel de Gucht, the European Union’s  trade commissioner, said the European Court of Justice will review the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty. The ratification process for the treaty will not proceed until the EU’s highest court weighs in, he said.

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DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

Feb 21, 2012
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Demian Kudryavtsev, the executive director of Kommersant newspaper, a leading publication in Russia on economics and business, has demanded the Ministry of Interior start a case against Kristina Potupchik, the press secretary for Nashi, the pro-Putin youth group.  In his blog, Kudryavtsev blames Potupchik for the recent DDoS attacks on Kommersant’s website. Read More »

The case of the Ukrainian websites that wouldn’t die

The case of the Ukrainian websites that wouldn’t die

Feb 20, 2012
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The Ukrainian government shut down two websites–Ex.ua and Roadcontrol.org.ua–earlier this month, only to reopen them days later. Read More »

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Update: New Kazakh copyright act forces some Internet cafes to shutter

Feb 16, 2012
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So far the recent anti-piracy act in Kazakhstan has had some pretty chilling effects on local business. Read More »

Koobface unmasked: A modern Bulgarian detective story

Koobface unmasked: A modern Bulgarian detective story

Jan 31, 2012
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There’s not a lot of good detective stories in the world these days. Whether in real life or in the movies, they seem to have been overshadowed by car chases, explosions and government-wide conspiracy stories. Read More »

Bulgarian police raid torrent sites

Bulgarian police raid torrent sites

Jan 12, 2012
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Bulgaria announced that it’s Organized Crime Unit (CDCOC),  have shut down two of the country’s largest torrent sites, according to Novinite. The anti-mafia police raided the homes and arrested the owners of the sites p2pbg.com and elit-bg.com, which officials believed to be responsible for illegally distributing copyrighted films and music .  One of the owners was a minor, according to the article. The article reports that the two sites together have around 750,000 users.

Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Nov 15, 2011
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Twitter is a great tool for journalists to use when collecting information, but it can also be a valuable lifeline should they run into any trouble while reporting. A recent story posted by Foreign Policy tells the breathless tale of an American journalist arrested while working in Kyrgyzstan. He had been covering a protest when he was picked up by men claiming to be secret police. Fortunately for him, he was able to phone a friend before being taken away. This is the story of how his friends were able to use Twitter to locate him and start an immediate dialogue with the people in power who could help set him free.

Homepage photo by Alton, Creative Commons licensed.

Social media remains prone to fakery in Azerbaijan

Social media remains prone to fakery in Azerbaijan

Aug 24, 2011
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From time to time the issue of fake accounts comes up when talking about social networks. Before the arrest of so called “donkey bloggers” Emin Milli and Andnan Hajizade, though, the issue was rarely discussed. Public debates on the issue have grown with the rise of Facebook in Azerbaijan. Read More »

Is Online Collaboration the Key to Anti-Corruption?

Is Online Collaboration the Key to Anti-Corruption?

Aug 7, 2011
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While high costs and low speeds, heavily regulated content, and daily threats of violence and arrest continue to frustrate journalists working online in Russia and Central Asia, increasingly, networks of young activists have been using the latest developments in social media to promote anti-corruption. Read More »

Mapping genocide

Mapping genocide

Jun 24, 2011
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On June 17, Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina launched an interactive online tool that maps the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, relying on documentary animation, video footage, and narration to provide a new educational model for the interpretation and understanding of the massacre. Read More »

Welcome to Net Prophet

Welcome to Net Prophet

Jun 10, 2011
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Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally. Read More »

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