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Hackers break into official Uzbek TV site to highlight media propaganda

Hackers break into official Uzbek TV site to highlight media propaganda

Feb 1, 2013
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Uzbeks visiting the state-run broadcaster’s official website on 30 January got a surprise: a short message reading, “The news you spread are lies!” The proclamation was the product of hackers who disabled the site then posted the message, RFE/RL reported. Read More »

Hackers warn Turkmenistan cybersecurity dreadfully low

Hackers warn Turkmenistan cybersecurity dreadfully low

Jan 31, 2013
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On January 25th, the database of nic.tm, the domain name registrar responsible for all .tm domain names, was breached. The full database of usernames and passwords was posted on the hackers’ website ha.cker.ir. Read More »

Third time a charm for Tajik Facebook block?

Third time a charm for Tajik Facebook block?

Jan 17, 2013
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As Tajikistan’s elections approach this fall, authorities in the Central Asian country have blocked Facebook for the third time in recent months.  The blockage, something that seems to be becoming increasingly common in the country, also seems to extend this time to Radio Free Europe’s Tajik service. Read More »

Unfazed by controversy, TeliaSonera boosts its share of Kazakh mobile market

Unfazed by controversy, TeliaSonera boosts its share of Kazakh mobile market

Jan 9, 2013
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Swedish mobile network operator TeliaSonera has taken another big bite into Kazakhstan’s telecommunications sector, spending $170 million on 4G technology for KCell, the country’s largest mobile provider, Total Telecom reports. Read More »

Critics question neutrality of Kazakh Wikipedia

Critics question neutrality of Kazakh Wikipedia

Jan 8, 2013
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Ties between the Kazakhstani government and WikiBilim, the NGO founded to promote the expansion of the Kazakh-language version of Wikipedia, have prompted critics of the online encyclopedia to accuse it of providing the Kazakh regime with an opportunity to use the website as a propaganda machine. Read More »

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Dec 24, 2012
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Social participation is something that works for Russia sometimes as well as in the West. Or at least, OK, better than it does in Belarus.
Estonia decodes IT future

Estonia decodes IT future

Dec 12, 2012
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The European Union launched an information technology agency in Estonia last Saturday, just months after the Baltic country announced it would begin teaching computer programming to first-graders. Read More »

In Belarus, converting online power to offline momentum

In Belarus, converting online power to offline momentum

Dec 10, 2012
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Belarus is known for its peculiar attitude to its own culture (or maybe it’s better to say we have a peculiar attitude to our president who has been running the country without any changes since 1994). Read More »

Hunting black swans with big data

Hunting black swans with big data

Dec 6, 2012
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In times of worldwide economic crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, one often wonders if such events couldn’t have been mitigated or avoided altogether with the help of the latest technological developments. The United Nations Development Programme offers a potential answer in the form of a software that allows better data visualization and detection of irregular patterns.

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‘Carousel Voting’ Goes Viral in Kyrgyz Elections

‘Carousel Voting’ Goes Viral in Kyrgyz Elections

Dec 4, 2012
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Nearly three months of intrusive and irksome electoral campaigns in Kyrgyzstan came to an end as votes were counted for the five municipal elections held on November 25. But with the results in, a scandalous piece of citizen media has left a sour taste in the mouth. Read More »

Moscow court orders removal of ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot online videos

Moscow court orders removal of ‘extremist’ Pussy Riot online videos

Dec 3, 2012
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Four videos made by the dissident punk band Pussy Riot are extremist, a Moscow court ruled 29 November, according to Radio Free Europe. 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 »

Interactive map charts Russia’s environmental problem areas

Interactive map charts Russia’s environmental problem areas

Nov 26, 2012
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The Russian Geographic Society and news agency RIA Novosti have created a map of ecological hot spots in Russia, The St. Petersburg Times reports. 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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