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Ukrainians, Russians on Social Networks: ‘In Case of War, Everyone Will Lose!’

Ukrainians, Russians on Social Networks: ‘In Case of War, Everyone Will Lose!’

Mar 9, 2014
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This post is part of our Special Coverage Ukraine’s #Euromaidan Protests.

Almost a week after being ousted, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych surfaced in the Russian Federation, while Russian military forces have flooded Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine located on the Crimean Black Sea peninsula. Read More »

Chronicles of Euromaidan: digging into the social media

Chronicles of Euromaidan: digging into the social media

Feb 14, 2014
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“One morning, after the dissolution of the student protests on Maidan, we woke up in another country,”  said Pavlo Pedenko, one of the creators of Maidan Chronicles, as he explained the pretext of the idea to build a platform that preserves and gathers all the data from social media related to the Euromaidan movement in Ukraine. Read More »

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.
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 »

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Aug 5, 2013
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Moscow’s metro system will soon be equipped with devices able to read data off people’s mobile phones.

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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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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 »

Orphaned in US, SOPA finds home in Russia

Orphaned in US, SOPA finds home in Russia

Jun 21, 2013
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America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. 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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Tajikistan’s recent YouTube block highlights a fickle friendship with the Web

Tajikistan’s recent YouTube block highlights a fickle friendship with the Web

May 29, 2013
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To friend or to unfriend?  Tajikistan cannot make up its mind about the Internet.   Read More »

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

Hungary: Government limits FOIA transparency law

May 10, 2013
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In an unexpected move last week, Parliamentarians in Hungary took action to change the country’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in an effort to limit the scope of data accessible to the public under the law. Read More »

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

May 3, 2013
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Just as Azerbaijan is being criticized in the Freedom House report, the country’s legislature is considering a measure that would punish untoward statements on the Internet, EurasiaNet.org reports.
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Wikipedia’s suicide mission against Russian censors

Wikipedia’s suicide mission against Russian censors

Apr 12, 2013
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Smoking cannabis is dangerous business for people the world over. In Russia, just writing about it online is apparently enough to run afoul of federal anti-drug police, as that nation’s Wikipedians learned last Friday, April 5, 2013. It was then that state officials first informed Wikimedia Russia, the Wikimedia Foundation’s local chapter, that the government has placed its “Cannabis Smoking” article [ru] on its blacklist of illegal websites. Read More »

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