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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 »

New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

Dec 20, 2013
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Hungary, like many other countries in the region, has an on-going corruption problem on almost every level of governance. A new project created by investigative website Átlátszó.hu and Transparency International, Fizettem.hu, has taken on the task of collecting reports from citizens about cases of bribery and corruption in the country. Read More »

Russian bust nabs alleged mastermind of Blackhole cyber scam

Russian bust nabs alleged mastermind of Blackhole cyber scam

Dec 13, 2013
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Russia’s Interior Ministry says it has arrested the creator of the infamous Blackhole tool used to install malware on computers around the world and steal login information, IDG News Service reports. Read More »

New Russian smartphone launches as iPhone-phobia mounts

New Russian smartphone launches as iPhone-phobia mounts

Dec 12, 2013
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Amid spying concerns after the revelation of U.S. security agencies’ wiretaps of foreign leaders, Russia is considering making its officials give up their iPhones in favor of a new smartphone made by the Russian firm Yota, RIA Novosti reports.

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4M Forum in Tbilisi

4M Forum in Tbilisi

Nov 22, 2013
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Regional 4M Forum brought more than one hundred journalists, media professionals and online activists from the south Caucasus and other European countries to Tbilisi to discuss today’s pressing issues of the Internet and online media on November 14-15.
The forum presented the south Caucasus participants with opportunities for networking and an open environment for sharing challenges and problems faced in the field. The collaborative atmosphere allowed participants to find out how other journalists from other countries deal with similar obstacles.

German freelance reporter Deborah Wild, who is now based in Yerevan, said,  “The forum showed the importance of social media in various situations and most essentially showed that there is a great difference between countries. In some countries social media has become the tool to get the messages out, because journalists can not report by traditional means, like for example, in Azerbaijan and Belarus. While in Georgia, it is a very different situation, as social media tools are used as a platform for discussion.”
The forum consisted of 17 sessions, and sample topics included: new economic models in a new media environment,  crowd funding as a tool to encourage a sustainable media, citizen participation in news gathering, and increased cooperation among citizen and professional journalists.
Canal France International organized the 2013 4M Forum.
The Moscow Mayor’s mischievous viral marketing

The Moscow Mayor’s mischievous viral marketing

Aug 26, 2013
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Throughout the Moscow mayor’s race, Alexey Navalny’s campaign has taken a beating from all sides on questions about financing, nationalism, and even transparency. 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 »

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Aug 19, 2013
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Farmers in the Prespa Lake Basin of Resen, Macedonia are reducing the amount of harmful pesticides polluting the region with the help of a new system that incorporates monitoring pests and social media, according to National Geographic’s “News Watch”.

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Teen suicides put Latvia’s Ask.fm under scrutiny

Teen suicides put Latvia’s Ask.fm under scrutiny

Aug 14, 2013
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The parents of the Latvian founders of a social media platform involved in a British suicide row are defending their sons, the Daily Mail writes. Latvian entrepreneurs and founders of Ask.fm, Ilja Terebin, 34, and Mark Terebin, 29, have come under fire from relatives of teens who have committed suicide after being cyber-bullied. Read More »

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 »

Russians, Ukrainian charged in ‘cutting edge’ global hacking scheme

Russians, Ukrainian charged in ‘cutting edge’ global hacking scheme

Jul 30, 2013
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Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged in what U.S. officials call the largest hacking attack in the country’s history, RIA Novosti reports.

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Gazprom chief to get $4 million iPad

Gazprom chief to get $4 million iPad

Jul 29, 2013
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Russia Beyond the Headlines details  a tender for a new iPad custom-made for Gazprom chairman Alexei Miller. Read More »

U.S. bloggers courted to whitewash Ukraine’s Party of Regions

U.S. bloggers courted to whitewash Ukraine’s Party of Regions

Jul 26, 2013
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A proxy group working for Ukraine’s ruling Party of Regions organized a stealth public relations campaign in the States, contacting American conservative bloggers and paying them for favorable posts across social media platforms, according to BuzzFeed. The campaign started around the time of last fall’s parliamentary elections.

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IT guys pinpoint exact location of Spamalot

IT guys pinpoint exact location of Spamalot

Jul 25, 2013
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Belarus has grabbed the dubious honor of being the biggest worldwide source of spam per capita, according to the BBC. Data from the Cloudmark security firm flagged 27 percent of Belarusian IP addresses as known sources of spam, with Romania in second place at 22 percent.

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