cyberactivism

New breakout star of Russian elections: The Internet

New breakout star of Russian elections: The Internet

Nov 29, 2011
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As Russia gears up for parliamentary elections in a few days and presidential elections this coming spring, more and more eyes are turning to watch a new player in the national political scene there: the Internet.  Read More »

Evgeny Morozov, animated

Evgeny Morozov, animated

Nov 26, 2011
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Belarusian writer, researcher and social commentator Evgeny Morozov is an expert on how technology affects social and political arenas. Earlier this year he published a book called The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom where he looks critically at the ideas and idealism of cyber-utopianism  and how the Internet may do as much harm for democracy as it does good for people in authoritarian states.

In 2009, Morozov gave a talk called The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens where he spoke about these issues.  RSA Animate put the talk to images for this great video.

 

Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Nov 17, 2011
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Politicians have a way with words.  Sometimes they also have a way with facts.  That is to say, they have their way with the facts.  That’s why new sites are popping up around the world to keep politicians honest and hold them to their promises. A website in Slovakia, Demagog.sk, is doing just that. Read More »

Romania uses social media to confront apathy

Romania uses social media to confront apathy

Nov 16, 2011
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Activists and civil society participants in Romania are coming up with innovative ways of combatting problems they see in their communities. A recent blog post on Tech Soup Global talks about what seems to have been a really productive competition called Restart Romania. The competition, organized  by Tech Soup Romania, was designed to find, develop and support a few of the best ideas. Read More »

‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

Sep 13, 2011
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Though Nursultan Nazarbayev’s oil-rich Kazakhstan may be the wealthiest country in Central Asia, its Internet is certainly not the freest these days, as the latest crackdown on supposed “extreme” websites proves. Read More »

Moldova rewards technological startups

Moldova rewards technological startups

Aug 30, 2011
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Moldova recently hosted iTineret, a nation-wide contest to establish and promote young talent and achievements in the IT field. The competition comprised of categories including websites, graphics and applications. One of the winners of the contest was MediaPoint, a longtime TOL partner in Moldova. They created a website called Alerte.md based on a Ushahidi platform dedicated to monitoring and reporting issues that should be tackled by public authorities, such as bad roads and poor illumination. Read More »

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 »

With the help of its citizens, Georgia’s Google Map to be colored in

With the help of its citizens, Georgia’s Google Map to be colored in

Aug 8, 2011
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This year, Georgia was mapped for the first time … on Google, that is. Due to efforts in Georgia, geographic detail is finally available on Google Map Maker, a service launched by Google in 2008 to open Google Maps to community collaborative effort, and will soon be available on Google Maps itself. 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 »

Social network revolutions take a break until autumn

Social network revolutions take a break until autumn

Jul 26, 2011
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The past week in Belarus has been marked by two events: the regular meeting of applause on Wednesday, July 20, and the July 21 demonstration by motorists protesting the rise in petrol prices. Read More »

Authorities in Belarus try to harness the power of social networks

Authorities in Belarus try to harness the power of social networks

Jul 13, 2011
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Since the Wednesday July 6th demonstration of applause in Belarus, a phenomenon that is being increasingly covered by the international media, the organizers of the Revolution through the Social Networks announced in communities on VKontakte and Facebook that they are changing strategy. Read More »

The mailmen of Chisinau

The mailmen of Chisinau

Jul 1, 2011
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This week Moldovans gathered online to mark their concern about the recent demolition of Chisinau’s historic first post office. They soon found their efforts recognized, if not rewarded, in the real-world response of public authorities. Read More »

Authorities crack down on “silent revolutions” in Belarus

Authorities crack down on “silent revolutions” in Belarus

Jun 30, 2011
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The “Wednesday revolutions” organized via social networks and conducted in Minsk and other regional towns are making the Belarusian authorities nervous. Read More »

RFE/RL covers protests enabled by social networks in Belarus

RFE/RL covers protests enabled by social networks in Belarus

Jun 27, 2011
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An article by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty discusses the “silent protests” organized through social networks in Belarus, as covered here last week by Net Prophet blogger Alaksiej Lavoncyk.
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