Two years after the enactment of a law that required all courts–except closed courts–to publish their rulings online, legal experts are increasingly concerned that it is ineffective and needs substantive reforms, despite recent praise from President Vladimir Putin. Read More »
Karel de Gucht, the European Union’s trade commissioner, said the European Court of Justice will review the controversial ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty. The ratification process for the treaty will not proceed until the EU’s highest court weighs in, he said.
Lawmakers in Albania have revised the criminal code to punish libel in social media, including on major platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, Balkan Insight reports. They announced the change in a statement 14 February without evidently offering further details.
In recent years social networking has grown rapidly in Albania, Balkan Insight says. Today more than 1 million Albanians, roughly 80 percent of the population with Internet access, use Facebook.
Under the amendments to the criminal code, the penalties for defamation and slander are also reduced from imprisonment to fines, according to Balkan Insight.
As if following in the steps of the USA and Europe, which are now battling over copyright laws like SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, Kazakhstan has enacted changes to their existing copyright protection acts–changes which will no doubt have a significant impact on the way information is spread over the Kaznet. Read More »
The Czech and Slovak governments announced on 6 February that they are halting the ratification process for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, an international anti-piracy pact that has attracted increasing controversy over the past few weeks. Read More »
EurasiaNet posted a great article last week on Georgia and the increasingly serious problem of online gambling. Already, the online gambling site Adjarabet.com is the second most visited website in the country. The exact extent of the problem is unknown, according to the article, as Georgia does not issue licenses for online casinos.
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Last week, it was SOPA and a blacked-out Wikipedia, amid a wave of Internet protests against controversial U.S. legislation to stop online piracy. This week, the acronym is ACTA, with more than 10,000 people marching in the streets of Poland’s cities against an anti-counterfeiting treaty that they say will lead to Internet censorship. Read More »
The last week a wave of publications about increasing Internet control in Belarus has spread across the Western Internet. It has come back to the Belarusian segment in translations suggesting that “the citizens of the small country will no longer be able to use the foreign websites as they will be fined for that” and the Internet is close to being completely closed off.
The blogging world in Moldova erupted last week over the question of free speech vs. hate speech and how much online news sites should be required to moderate what users can and can’t post to live chats and news comment sections. In a country where social media and online communication has exploded over the past few years, a recent court case is showing just how far the virtual world has outstripped the legal boundaries of the real world.
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After having been denied several times, Bulgaria is trying again to be able to register Internet domain names in Cyrillic. The country would like to be able to register websites with the suffix “.бг”, though the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has rejected because of its close resemblance to that of Brazil’s “.br” according to an article in the Bulgarian news agency Novinite. Read More »
One of the few Azerbaijani photography agencies with an online presence is facing problems with copyright. The Free Photoreporters website is unique in that it is updated frequently with work from well known photo-journalists based in and around Azerbaijan. Read More »
Welcome to Net Prophet, a blog produced by Transitions that will be providing updates and analysis on the latest in new media and IT developments across Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
For years now, we’ve been reading the fascinating information that our project managers have been sending it from the field for grant reports, and felt it was a pity that only a few donors were privy to such updates. It has also seemed to us that blogs on new media/tech development rarely cover this part of the world, even though a wealth of interesting stuff is happening out there on the ground, with very little press internationally. Read More »