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Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Summer camp gets high tech in Moldova

Jul 23, 2013
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Over the past spring, the Moldovan new-media NGO MediaPoint has been working with hundreds of youth across the country to get them up-to-speed on the ins and outs of social media, blogging, and web literacy.

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Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Jul 23, 2013
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Three Uzbek entrepreneurs have founded a new picture-sharing social media site called Modera, according to the Sacramento Press.

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Web of Mystery

Web of Mystery

Jul 19, 2013
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TIRASPOL | An unusual event took place 7 July in Tiraspol, the chief city of Transdniester, when a group of protesters gathered on a park square and called for a stop to the obstruction of websites critical of the government. It marked the first public demonstration against the administration of President Yevgeny Shevchuk since he came to power 18 months ago, pledging a more open style of governing in the unrecognized quasi-state of fewer than half a million inhabitants. Read More »

Constitutional court upholds online defamation law

Constitutional court upholds online defamation law

Jul 10, 2013
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On 9 July, the Russian Constitutional Court in St. Petersburg ruled that website owners are responsible for the removal of defamatory information from their sites even if it was posted by a third party. Read More »

The day Russia’s libraries stood still

The day Russia’s libraries stood still

Jul 4, 2013
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On July 2, 2013 three of Russia’s popular online libraries blocked user access to their websites and collections as a way to protest a new law aimed at combating internet piracy (see RuNet Echo coverage here [GV]), which passed Russia’s lower house of parliament on June 21, 2013. Read More »

A ‘new hope’ for United Russia

A ‘new hope’ for United Russia

Jul 2, 2013
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Not so long ago, in a country not so far way…

It is a period of a civic crackdown. Opposition leaders striking from all sides are trying to win their first victory against an evil empire. But the empire, losing ground on the virtual battlefield, hopes to bolster its forces with a new recruitment drive of … Jedi?

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Trading the Bachelor’s thesis for … Wikipedia

Trading the Bachelor’s thesis for … Wikipedia

Jul 1, 2013
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Typically, university students are warned to avoid citing Wikipedia in essays.

However, a few particularly forward-looking universities in Poland and Ukraine are urging their students to write articles for Wikipedia, rather than employing Wikipedia quotes for essays that would probably just ‘gather dust’ once they’ve been graded, according to the Global Post.

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Russia’s Internet party

Russia’s Internet party

Jun 27, 2013
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Does Russia’s online community have anything resembling a common philosophy? New analysis of social media suggests the only idea shared right across the political spectrum is xenophobia. Emile Pain presents the research.

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Kazakhstan in the dark over TV digitization

Kazakhstan in the dark over TV digitization

Jun 26, 2013
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While digital media use continues to grow in Kazakhstan, its citizens are being kept in the dark on the digitization of broadcast TV, according to Open Society Foundation.  And while the number of Kazakh netizens has increased dramatically, they still continue  to face significant restriction over their online access.

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Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Jun 25, 2013
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Amazon is on the verge of setting up an operation in Poland, Polish Radio reports, citing theRzeczpospolita daily and an unnamed source. But contrary to earlier reports, its new offices in Warsaw will concentrate on IT services rather than offering a full Polish version of its global online retail outlet.

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Kazakhstan suffers cyber attack

Kazakhstan suffers cyber attack

Jun 20, 2013
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Kazakh citizens are under cyber attack. The attack in question is delivered through phishing emails, and is thought to be driven by an advanced persistent threat (APT) organisation, via software called NetTraveler.

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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 »

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

Jun 14, 2013
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Brace yourself. The cyberwar is coming.
Since last week, when the world learned about PRISM, a vast and secret American electronic surveillance program, Russian state officials have expressed renewed concerns about foreign social networks posing a national security threat.

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Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Jun 13, 2013
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The Krizová mapa Česka, or Crisis Map Czech, an online disaster-mapping project created by a Czech television channel, has provided Czech citizens with up-to-date information about the flooding in the Czech Republic.
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