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Russian government edits Wikipedia page on Flight MH17

Russian government edits Wikipedia page on Flight MH17

Jul 22, 2014
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A Russian government official has been accused of editing the Russian-lanugage version of the MH17 Wikipedia page.

Malaysian Airline Flight, MH17, was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, 17 July. The flight was on a scheduled run from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed, killing all 298 people onboard. In recent days, the focus has shifted from the crash itself to the topic of who is responsible. As the world started pointing fingers at Russia, President Putin immediately placed the blame on the Ukrainian military. Read More »

Russians’ online data must be stored in-country: Duma bill

Russians’ online data must be stored in-country: Duma bill

Jul 14, 2014
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A bill adopted by the lower house of the Russian parliament 4 July will require Internet companies that store personal data on Russian citizens to locate such data on servers inside the country, The Moscow Times reports.

Russian officials contend that requiring the use of Russian servers reduces citizens’ susceptibility to cybercrime and fraud. Read More »

Crowdfunding campaign to support Russian eco journalists

Crowdfunding campaign to support Russian eco journalists

Jun 24, 2014
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On 6 June, Transitions launched a new crowdfunding campaign on IndieVoices Weathering the Storm: The Dangers of Going Green in Putin’s Russia, to raise money for Ecoreporter.ru.

As the space for independent media in Russia continues to shrink, journalists face career and, in some cases, life threats for reporting on certain issues. Read More »

3 ways the Russian government plans to police the web

3 ways the Russian government plans to police the web

Jun 4, 2014
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A new Russian law will go into effect on August 1, 2014, that requires a wide array of websites and online services to register formally with the government. Sites and applications that allow Internet users to communicate will be obligated to store the past six months of user-data on servers located inside Russia, making the information available to Russian law enforcement. Read More »

Google and Yandex integrate ad platforms

Google and Yandex integrate ad platforms

May 2, 2014
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In a partnership announced in February, Google and Yandex, the most popular search engine in Russia, will cooperate to allow their respective advertising platforms to access each other’s inventory.

 

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