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Russians will get access to electronic services with new ID cards

Russians will get access to electronic services with new ID cards

Dec 11, 2013
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Russia states that replacement of internal passports with new ID cards would give more than 120 million Russians access to electronic services, Itar-Tass reports. These services might include obtaining certificates and statements from public offices, online registration at the place of residence and electronic voting. After the introduction of electronic ID cards, citizens will be able to complete all of these procedures online instead of standing in queues for hours at public offices.

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Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Aug 2, 2013
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An independent think tank in Moldova is trying to start debate about public money, and they are hoping to spark it with some very pretty pictures. Read More »

Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

Jun 24, 2013
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Jan Figel, a leading Slovak politician, should be a conservative and outwardly acts that way. He is chairman of the Christian Democratic Party and deputy chairman of the Slovak parliament. But perhaps because he was a European commissioner and picked up something in Europe, he let himself become, on 16 June, the first Central European politician to publicly try out Google Glass, a revolutionary toy in the history of the Internet and mobile technologies. Read More »

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

May 10, 2013
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In an unexpected move last week, Parliamentarians in Hungary took action to change the country’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in an effort to limit the scope of data accessible to the public under the law. Read More »

Fearing good fortune, Estonia crowd-sources ideas

Fearing good fortune, Estonia crowd-sources ideas

Apr 11, 2013
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Worried that success might spoil Estonia, its leader has reached out to citizens to tell the government what it should do to satisfy their fast-evolving desires, Estonian Public Broadcasting reports. Read More »

Moldova wins international ‘Best mGovernment’ prize

Moldova wins international ‘Best mGovernment’ prize

Mar 25, 2013
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The Moldovan government was recently awarded the international “Best mGovernment” prize for their mobile-signature project, according to Moldova’s e-government center. Read More »

Mapping Czech open data (and dangerous food)

Mapping Czech open data (and dangerous food)

One of the biggest topics we cover at Net Prophet is the growing acceptance of open government data. At least in some sectors, many countries are beginning to see the benefits of opening up their wealth of information to their citizens and journalists. Some interesting platforms have been developed in the process, but we have noticed that even the best examples really only go so far in truly opening up their data. Yes, a ministry may make a document or database available online, but often they are too difficult for average citizens – and even journalists – to use.
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A paperless government in Moldova by 2014

A paperless government in Moldova by 2014

Nov 30, 2012
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E-government is one of the main priorities of the Moldovan government, and this is to ensure transparency and access to public services online. From 1 January 2014 the Moldovan government hopes to be completely non-reliant on paper. That’s because all documents will be circulated and signed electronically.
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Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Nov 9, 2012
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for establishing a new set of rules for Russian officials when they use social network websites, RIA Novosti reports. Read More »

Helpful resource: The Data Journalism Handbook (now in Russian)

Helpful resource: The Data Journalism Handbook (now in Russian)

Oct 17, 2012
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The folks over at Data Driven Journalism have announced the release of the first translation of their Data Journalism Handbook – and it’s in Russian! Read More »

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

When it comes to the battle over the Internet, repressive governments have been pushing hard over the past year to gain greater control over what their citizens say and see online.  Read More »

IGF brings Internet dicussions to Azerbaijan

IGF brings Internet dicussions to Azerbaijan

Sep 24, 2012
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From 6-9 November the Internet Governance Forum will be held in Baku. This event, probably one of the world’s biggest Internet policy events, brings together many local and international organizations in order to discuss issues from all over the world, and not all of the the issues pleasant.  Read More »

Balkans reaffirm commitment to data protection

Balkans reaffirm commitment to data protection

It should come as no surprise that the EU considers the protection of personal data as a fundamental right guaranteed by a number of international and national legal acts. These laws cover the right to have private and family life respected, the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, and the free movement of such data. Read More »

Bulgaria e-gov project to shine light on government spending

Bulgaria e-gov project to shine light on government spending

Jul 24, 2012
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Bulgaria will start publishing daily data on government spending in August as part of the country’s Open Government Initiative. The Ministry of Finance will post .xls spreadsheets with information on fund transfers to ministries, municipalities, universities, and other public organizations. Read More »

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