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DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

DDoS attacks, just another political tactic in Russia?

Feb 21, 2012
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Demian Kudryavtsev, the executive director of Kommersant newspaper, a leading publication in Russia on economics and business, has demanded the Ministry of Interior start a case against Kristina Potupchik, the press secretary for Nashi, the pro-Putin youth group.  In his blog, Kudryavtsev blames Potupchik for the recent DDoS attacks on Kommersant’s website. Read More »

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Strange occurrences on a pro-Putin YouTube page.

Feb 20, 2012
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Several videos in support of Putin for the upcoming election disappeared for one day from YouTube and an unlikely Putin supporter raises some eyebrows. Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »

YouTube used to expose electoral violations in Russia

YouTube used to expose electoral violations in Russia

Feb 17, 2012
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Unlike in Belarus where the electoral commission members never raise a voice against falsifications, their Russian counterparts are more active. Read More »

The Kremlin’s pay-a-blogger program

The Kremlin’s pay-a-blogger program

Feb 10, 2012
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A group claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous recently released hacked emails from leaders of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi that show the group was paying journalists and bloggers hundreds of thousands of dollars for positive coverage, according to The Guardian. The group reportedly also paid bloggers and Internet trolls to smear or leave negative comments about opposition leaders. Read More »

Tinkering with Wikipedia part of Kazakh government’s PR strategy?

Tinkering with Wikipedia part of Kazakh government’s PR strategy?

Jan 20, 2012
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The Kazakh government has long been known to spend millions abroad to improve its international image, hiring prominent public relations firms like BGR Gabara, Portland Communications, Tony Blair Associates, and Media Consulta. But EurasiaNet reports that some of those companies appear to have gone beyond arranging the typical infomercials on big international channels and similar strategies. The website has uncovered several examples of alleged manipulation on Wikipedia entries related to Kazakhstan officials and government interests. Read More »

The truth behind the Belarus Internet ‘crackdown’

The truth behind the Belarus Internet ‘crackdown’

Jan 19, 2012
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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.

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Electronic transformation in Moldova

Electronic transformation in Moldova

Jan 18, 2012
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Electronic government is a priority set by the government of Moldova for 2011-2014 and aims to ensure government transparency and citizen access to data and public interest service as much as possible. It is a whole new change for institutions in Moldova, which in recent years have started to become less transparent and bureaucratic.

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Official websites targeted in Azerbaijan hacking attack

Official websites targeted in Azerbaijan hacking attack

Jan 18, 2012
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A number of Azerbaijani official websites were reportedly hacked and left inaccessible for several hours on 16 January. The sites belong to the Interior Ministry, the Communications Ministry, the Constitutional Court, the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, and other state and public organizations, Apa.Az reports. A group calling itself the AzerianCyberArmy claimed responsibility for some of the attacks. Read More »

Daghestan president to officials: Tweet it or beat it

Daghestan president to officials: Tweet it or beat it

Jan 16, 2012
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Peer pressure and the desire to be part of the “in-crowd” is typically enough to get even the biggest luddite to try social media networks.  But apparently, for top officials in Dagestan, peer pressure is just not enough–they need an extra push by the president to get them to set up that Facebook page. Read More »

Videos stir debate in Azerbaijan

Videos stir debate in Azerbaijan

Jan 13, 2012
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Last week, Azerbaijan’s online population was busy discussing two recent videos. Read More »
Bloggers keep tabs on the Moldovan government

Bloggers keep tabs on the Moldovan government

Jan 10, 2012
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When it comes to voting for the future rulers of a country, every politician tries to send simple messages so everybody can understand them, but when they are in position to rule, their messages seem to be in Chinese. Information about government activity–including the ministries–is incomprehensible, and you can read it over and over and still be puzzled. Read More »

Photoshopped image of Russian blogger backfires, inspires new meme

Photoshopped image of Russian blogger backfires, inspires new meme

Jan 9, 2012
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Internet users helped root out a doctored photo of a prominent Russian political critic that shown just how much the Internet has changed the nature of political shenanigans in the country since the days of Soviet political photo montages.  The story appeared recently in the New York Times. Read More »

Belarus steps up DNS-blocking campaign

Belarus steps up DNS-blocking campaign

Dec 29, 2011
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In Belarus there is something jokingly Belarus called the “Albanian Virus”. This is a virus that asks the user to delete all his sensitive content and spam his friends manually. This joke became been popular in Belarus in the time of virus pandemics during the ’90s. Read More »

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