Users of BY-net (a short name for the Belarusian segment of the Internet) have identified a KGB functionary who had been recruiting activists who participated in the silent demonstrations. A man in the photo leaked to Belarusian social networks has been identified rather quickly as Raman Savuchin. Charter97.org reports that this officer was working along with Dzmitry Kalamijec, an officer who became famous in the BY-net after his photos surfaced showing him recruiting Maks Carniauski, one of the prominent activists from the silent demonstrations . Read More »
Last week, it was SOPA and a blacked-out Wikipedia, amid a wave of Internet protests against controversial U.S. legislation to stop online piracy. This week, the acronym is ACTA, with more than 10,000 people marching in the streets of Poland’s cities against an anti-counterfeiting treaty that they say will lead to Internet censorship. Read More »
The last week a wave of publications about increasing Internet control in Belarus has spread across the Western Internet. It has come back to the Belarusian segment in translations suggesting that “the citizens of the small country will no longer be able to use the foreign websites as they will be fined for that” and the Internet is close to being completely closed off.
A number of Azerbaijani official websites were reportedly hacked and left inaccessible for several hours on 16 January. The sites belong to the Interior Ministry, the Communications Ministry, the Constitutional Court, the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, and other state and public organizations, Apa.Az reports. A group calling itself the AzerianCyberArmy claimed responsibility for some of the attacks. Read More »
Reposted from East of Center, 13 January.
A fascinating discussion over at the Central Asian blog, Registan.net, has been taking place this past week about the possibility of Internet-fueled revolution in Central Asia. The debate coincides with recent reports about increasing numbers of Internet users in Uzbekistan, and the surging use of Facebook. Read More »
When it comes to voting for the future rulers of a country, every politician tries to send simple messages so everybody can understand them, but when they are in position to rule, their messages seem to be in Chinese. Information about government activity–including the ministries–is incomprehensible, and you can read it over and over and still be puzzled. Read More »
Internet users helped root out a doctored photo of a prominent Russian political critic that shown just how much the Internet has changed the nature of political shenanigans in the country since the days of Soviet political photo montages. The story appeared recently in the New York Times. Read More »
The Republic of Moldova has named the most active youth NGOs in 2011. The third place was taken by MediaPoint which is the only organization in Moldova with the purpose of spreading and developing new media in the country. Read More »
Once again, here are some interesting bits of news related to our coverage region, in this case, Russia, from the folks at CIMA’s Digital Mash Up, including a link to a Forbes profile of Alexei Navalny:
A story started making its way around the Belarusian Internet several days ago when the state ISP Beltelecom sent its subscribers a request to change the DNS servers manually in order to “comply with the legislature on controlling Internet access”. Read More »
I’ve come across a great resource for those interested in staying up to date on digital developments worldwide: the Digital Media Mash Up, which calls itself “a weekly newsletter focusing on digital media events, news, and research from around the world”.Produced by the the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for Democracy (one of TOL’s long-time donors), the newsletter’s archive can be accessed here and you can find out how to sign up.
Days before Russians go to the polls to choose a new parliament, Global Voices blogger Alexey Sidorenko reports on a remarkable example of push-back against the “official” way of electioneering – and increasing pressure from the political center on a group intent on documenting election violations. Read More »
Social media-spawned protests have failed to materialize as expected despite recent attempts by Belarusian activists. Read More »