cyberactivism

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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In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

May 28, 2012
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It was bound to happen at some point.

In Russia, it now seems the Internet is a more popular source of information than TV – sort of. Read More »

Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Russia struggles with censorship concerns

Apr 24, 2012
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A showdown seems to be fast approaching in Russia, where state authorities are moving closer to widening Internet censorship. Claiming that Western influences are creating instability in Russia through the Internet, major political figures in Russia have invoked the experience of the Arab Spring to justify increased state intervention.

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Russians get guidance for online activism with webinar

Russians get guidance for online activism with webinar

Apr 18, 2012
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Last week I delivered webinar for Oxfam Russia focusing on new media called, “Online social activism and bloggers”. Read More »

New pressure to free jailed Facebook activist in Azerbaijan

New pressure to free jailed Facebook activist in Azerbaijan

Apr 13, 2012
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As one year passes since the arrest of a young Azerbaijani activist, new campaigns are sprouting up for his release. Bakhtiyar Hajiev was taken into custody in March 2011 and later sentenced to two years in prison for evading military service. Read More »

The Baku2020 campaign struggles to find online marketing sweet spot

The Baku2020 campaign struggles to find online marketing sweet spot

Mar 29, 2012
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Baku, the home of the 2012 Eurovision and UEFA U-17 World Cup, is now working to get the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. This event, which would bring a lot of financial and energy spending to Azerbaijan, is now in its preliminary stages. Read More »

Anonymous stage more attacks on Romanian websites

Anonymous stage more attacks on Romanian websites

Feb 29, 2012
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Following up an earlier wave of attacks on Romanian websites, the hacking group Anonymous defaced and temporarily disabled the sites of several government agencies and the International Monetary Fund’s Romanian mission over the past week, Balkan Insight reports. Read More »

Medvedev’s Facebook page blocked for Georgians

Medvedev’s Facebook page blocked for Georgians

Feb 24, 2012
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Hundreds of posts demanding the withdrawal of Russian solders from Georgia’s breakaway regions on Russian president Dimitry Medvedev’s Facebook page were removed by the administrator, and Georgian users were blocked from accessing the site. Online activists, consisting of forum.ge users, wanted to express their position concerning Russian policy on Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Read More »

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 »

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Feb 20, 2012
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Several videos in support of Putin for the upcoming election disappeared for one day from YouTube and an unlikely Putin supporter raises some eyebrows. Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »

YouTube used to expose electoral violations in Russia

YouTube used to expose electoral violations in Russia

Feb 17, 2012
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Unlike in Belarus where the electoral commission members never raise a voice against falsifications, their Russian counterparts are more active. Read More »

The Kremlin’s pay-a-blogger program

The Kremlin’s pay-a-blogger program

Feb 10, 2012
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A group claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous recently released hacked emails from leaders of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi that show the group was paying journalists and bloggers hundreds of thousands of dollars for positive coverage, according to The Guardian. The group reportedly also paid bloggers and Internet trolls to smear or leave negative comments about opposition leaders. Read More »

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