On 31 August, the Russian social network Odnoklassniki blocked Nicolae Petrov, a young man of 18 who owned the largest group in Moldova entitled “Latest News from Moldova”. The community of 369,000 people discussed daily news in Moldova. Read More »
Mobile phone users in an autonomous region in Tajikistan are upset at their cell providers for cutting off their phone services without any explanation or apology for more than a month during a period of heightened political tension. Now a group is organizing a boycott this weekend via Facebook by switching off their phones, saying the outage was an unlawful violation of human rights, according to Asia-Plus. Read More »
Unknown hackers have hacked a popular opposition community page in the social network of VKontakte.ru, and at the same time several of the pages’ moderators have been arrested. Read More »
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 »
The Russian online group “Nepofigism” (a neologism that loosely translates to “giving a damn” or “not being ambivalent”) offers a free legal consulting service. The project’s creators designate no particular direction for the consulting. Their aim is to offer real help to people with any type of problem. The site is a space for professionals and ordinary Internet users with various legal and everyday problems (such as violations of consumer rights, labor laws, and family law). Read More »
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 »
Givi Avaliani is among the few bloggers in Georgia who rarely write about personal experience and instead focus on online campaigns and charity activities in Georgia in the country. He lives in Kutaisi, which is second largest city in the country.
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Ihar Slucak, the blogger who inspired the “State in Belarusian” campaign, is planning to stand for the Belarusian parliamentary elections in September 2012. His team, as well as the district he would run in, has been picked through VKontakte, the the biggest Russian-speaking social network ,which claims to host at least 4,000,000 accounts from Belarus. Read More »
A few days ago, the web site Politikat.net (The Politician; bg), created by prominent Bulgarian bloggers Komitata(Konstantin Pavlov) and Asen Genov, became the subject of the government’s attention. Komitata wrote about it here [bg]. Read More »
ElectBy.org, an Ushahidi-based platform for monitoring electoral violations, has returned to Belarus after a 16-month absence. The platform, created on the eve of the 2010 elections, collected nearly 650 reports of irregularities by December 19. On election day, the website received more than 8,000 visitors. Read More »
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).
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 »
Look out, Facebook. In Uzbekistan, there’s a new competitor on the social-networking scene that is making no attempt to hide what it’s trying to be.