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Ukrainians, Russians on Social Networks: ‘In Case of War, Everyone Will Lose!’

Ukrainians, Russians on Social Networks: ‘In Case of War, Everyone Will Lose!’

Mar 9, 2014
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This post is part of our Special Coverage Ukraine’s #Euromaidan Protests.

Almost a week after being ousted, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych surfaced in the Russian Federation, while Russian military forces have flooded Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine located on the Crimean Black Sea peninsula. Read More »

Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

Feb 7, 2014
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Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny joined the Sochi anti-corruption campaign this week, launching an interactive website outlining what he calls the “true costs” of the Olympic preparations in Sochi. Read More »

Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Aug 22, 2013
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It calls itself “Your Accessible European Bank” and is partly owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an institution pledged to uphold democratic values. Read More »

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Aug 5, 2013
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Moscow’s metro system will soon be equipped with devices able to read data off people’s mobile phones.

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Religious group unveils violent anti-Pussy Riot game

Religious group unveils violent anti-Pussy Riot game

Jul 15, 2013
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Released by a Russian Orthodox youth organization, a new video game explicitly targets the feminist punk band Pussy Riot that became an international cause after its members were jailed for an antigovernment performance at a Moscow church last year, Reuters reports. Read More »

Kazakh minister fired as netizens criticize pension plans

Kazakh minister fired as netizens criticize pension plans

A Facebook-driven reaction to the government’s attempt to ram through a pension reform without public discussion has given people approaching retirement age in Kazakhstan a rare voice.  Read More »

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

May 3, 2013
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Just as Azerbaijan is being criticized in the Freedom House report, the country’s legislature is considering a measure that would punish untoward statements on the Internet, EurasiaNet.org reports.
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Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Social media have become one of the few places where young people from Armenia and Azerbaijan can meet. Yet, not without risks Read More »

Russia shutters more than 90 sites over child pornography

Russia shutters more than 90 sites over child pornography

Feb 7, 2013
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More than 90 Russian-registered websites have been shut down since January for content containing child pornography, according to a  4 February  announcement by the Interpol National Central Bureau, RIA Novosti reports.  Read More »

Tajikistan cuts access to Facebook, again

Tajikistan cuts access to Facebook, again

Nov 28, 2012
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Authorities in Tajikistan have blocked access to Facebook for the second time this year, saying citizens are too tired of the “mud and slander” emanating from the site, according to Reuters. The blockade is one of several measures seen as aimed at dampening public dissent as the country looks ahead to a presidential election in 2013. Read More »

Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

Nov 20, 2012
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Originally published by EurasiaNet.org.

Civil society activists in Azerbaijan are trying to push back against government efforts to restrict space for public debate. And they’re hoping a recent global Internet forum in Baku will expand international support for their cause.

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The Kremlin’s 21st-century thought police

The Kremlin’s 21st-century thought police

Nov 14, 2012
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Earlier this month, Russia’s controversial new Internet blacklist law went into effect, raising serious concerns from bloggers, activists, and human rights watchers. The law, with the particularly Orwellian name “On Amendments to Federal Law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”, officially gives Kremlin agencies the legal right for deep surveillance of its citizenry. Read More »

The uses and abuses of fighting extremism on RuNet

The uses and abuses of fighting extremism on RuNet

Nov 6, 2012
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The Internet is becoming ever more accessible in Russia, offering unlimited possibilities for the distribution of every kind of content. Cyberspace is also censored very minimally. This gives everyone an opportunity to speak their minds and cyber-antagonism is widespread in the Russian Internet community. Read More »

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Oct 23, 2012
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About a month ago, the Swedish non-profit Civil Rights Defenders (CDR) released their version of CAPTCHA, the system that is used to verify that the user of the web site is a human (as opposed to a programmed robot). Read More »

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