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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.
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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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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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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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 »

Blogger provides look into Russian war on terror

Blogger provides look into Russian war on terror

Nov 5, 2012
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The anonymous LiveJournal blog hardingush [ru] was created on September 15, 2012. Now, less than two months later, the blog, subtitled Spetsnaz Ingushetii (Ingush Special Forces), is number 425th [ru] in LJ’s general user rating. Netizens have left over 4,000 comments on its various posts. Four of these posts also made it into the October top-25 list [ru] of North Caucasus bloggers (a monthly rating compiled by Moscow-based blogger timag82 [ru]). 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 »

Tajik journalists cry foul over blocks to ‘TajNet’

Tajik journalists cry foul over blocks to ‘TajNet’

Oct 16, 2012
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Journalists in Tajikistan have launched a campaign to protect press rights and protest a recent increase in government censorship online, according to Asia-Plus.

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Piano Player

Piano Player

Oct 11, 2012
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Over at TOL, we’ve been following developments rather closely of the Slovakia-born online paywall system known as Piano. This is a highly unusual story of a media-related innovation originating in our coverage region, but generating a lot of press in Western Europe and the United States (almost always, it’s the other way around). Read More »

Macedonia, Bulgaria: Social Media Users Help Expose Forgery

Macedonia, Bulgaria: Social Media Users Help Expose Forgery

Sep 7, 2012
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A fact-checking intervention – a joint effort by Macedonian and Bulgarian social media users – has helped independent journalists expose forged documents used as lure for suspicious humanitarian donations. Read More »

Russian website offers free crowdsourced legal advice

Russian website offers free crowdsourced legal advice

Aug 8, 2012
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The Russian online group “Nepofigism” (a neologism that loosely translates to “giving a damn” or “not being ambivalent”) offers a free legal consulting service. The project’s creators designate no particular direction for the consulting. Their aim is to offer real help to people with any type of problem. The site is a space for professionals and ordinary Internet users with various legal and everyday problems (such as violations of consumer rights, labor laws, and family law). Read More »

Georgia’s restricted access to satellite dishes

Georgia’s restricted access to satellite dishes

Aug 6, 2012
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In the past month, Georgian officials have seized thousands of satellite dishes from the pro-opposition Maestro and Global TV stations, accusing the companies to be involved in vote bribery in an operation linked to opposition party Georgian Dream’s leader Bidzina Ivanishvili. Read More »

Fear and self-censorship on the Uzbek Internet

Fear and self-censorship on the Uzbek Internet

Jul 31, 2012
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Uzbekistan has the most severe restrictions on Internet use in Central Asia, according to a recent report on the state of Internet and politics in the country. Read More »

CNN gets flack for Kazakhstan profiles

CNN gets flack for Kazakhstan profiles

Jul 25, 2012
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Last week, CNN’s “Eye On” series began running short spots on the country that looked more like infomercials than news coverage, according to EurasiaNet.org. The stories cover a host of not-so-hard-hitting topics, ranging from the country’s growing economy and bright energy future to its drive to become a ski mecca.

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