cyberactivism

Russians’ online data must be stored in-country: Duma bill

Russians’ online data must be stored in-country: Duma bill

Jul 14, 2014
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A bill adopted by the lower house of the Russian parliament 4 July will require Internet companies that store personal data on Russian citizens to locate such data on servers inside the country, The Moscow Times reports.

Russian officials contend that requiring the use of Russian servers reduces citizens’ susceptibility to cybercrime and fraud. Read More »

Innovators welcome at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum

Innovators welcome at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum

Jul 7, 2014
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Nearly 2,500 media and communication professionals from around the world gathered at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany from 30 June-2 July for the Deutsche Welle’s annual Global Media Forum.

This year’s conference, “From Information to Participation: Challenges for the Media,” featured panels and workshops focused on practical approaches to adjusting industry standards and practices to meet the needs of an increasingly global audience and market. Read More »

Crowdfunding campaign to support Russian eco journalists

Crowdfunding campaign to support Russian eco journalists

Jun 24, 2014
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On 6 June, Transitions launched a new crowdfunding campaign on IndieVoices Weathering the Storm: The Dangers of Going Green in Putin’s Russia, to raise money for Ecoreporter.ru.

As the space for independent media in Russia continues to shrink, journalists face career and, in some cases, life threats for reporting on certain issues. Read More »

3 ways the Russian government plans to police the web

3 ways the Russian government plans to police the web

Jun 4, 2014
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A new Russian law will go into effect on August 1, 2014, that requires a wide array of websites and online services to register formally with the government. Sites and applications that allow Internet users to communicate will be obligated to store the past six months of user-data on servers located inside Russia, making the information available to Russian law enforcement. Read More »

Serbian bloggers censored for criticizing flood relief efforts

Serbian bloggers censored for criticizing flood relief efforts

May 27, 2014
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"Don't let them flood you." Image is a screenshot from Twitter.

 

In late May 2014, Serbia was hit hard by flooding in what became the largest natural disaster the region has seen in the past century. The catastrophic floods not only have taken a yet unknown number of lives and homes, but have also brought to light the pressure and censorship the current government, led by the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), has been placing on media.
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Crowdfunding kicks off in the Czech Republic with the help of Hithit.com

Crowdfunding kicks off in the Czech Republic with the help of Hithit.com

Mar 19, 2014
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The concept of crowd funding (a form of online fundraising and/or investment using small donations from a large number of donors) has caught on in the Czech Republic, according to Radio Prague. Hithit.com, a successful Czech crowd funding site founded in 2012, exemplifies the trend. Although other crowd funding sites are available in the Czech Republic, according to an interview with Aleš Burger, Hithit co-founder, on Startup.lupa.cz, Hithit differs from the others because there people have a real chance of success.  Read More »
Ukrainian journalists take regime’s corruption public with YanukovychLeaks

Ukrainian journalists take regime’s corruption public with YanukovychLeaks

Mar 3, 2014
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YanukovychLeaks.org is a new website created by Ukrainian journalists to publish documents that were found in Victor Yanukovych’s residence. Many of them document evidence of massive corruption of the regime.

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Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

Feb 7, 2014
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Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny joined the Sochi anti-corruption campaign this week, launching an interactive website outlining what he calls the “true costs” of the Olympic preparations in Sochi. Read More »

New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

Dec 20, 2013
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Hungary, like many other countries in the region, has an on-going corruption problem on almost every level of governance. A new project created by investigative website Átlátszó.hu and Transparency International, Fizettem.hu, has taken on the task of collecting reports from citizens about cases of bribery and corruption in the country. Read More »

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 »

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Aug 19, 2013
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Farmers in the Prespa Lake Basin of Resen, Macedonia are reducing the amount of harmful pesticides polluting the region with the help of a new system that incorporates monitoring pests and social media, according to National Geographic’s “News Watch”.

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Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Jul 23, 2013
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Over the past spring, the Moldovan new-media NGO MediaPoint has been working with hundreds of youth across the country to get them up-to-speed on the ins and outs of social media, blogging, and web literacy.

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Tragedy ignites online friendship between Romanians and Montenegrins

Tragedy ignites online friendship between Romanians and Montenegrins

Jul 17, 2013
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In one of the most tragic road accidents ever seen in Montenegro, 18 Romanian nationals lost their lives and 29 were injured on June 23, 2013 when a Romanian bus full of tourists ran off the Grlo bridge 30 kilometers away from the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica into a 40-meter-deep ravine of the Morača canyon.

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The day Russia’s libraries stood still

The day Russia’s libraries stood still

Jul 4, 2013
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On July 2, 2013 three of Russia’s popular online libraries blocked user access to their websites and collections as a way to protest a new law aimed at combating internet piracy (see RuNet Echo coverage here [GV]), which passed Russia’s lower house of parliament on June 21, 2013. Read More »

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