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Russia warns of legal hassles for Bitcoin users

Russia warns of legal hassles for Bitcoin users

Mar 7, 2014
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Russian users of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies could be prosecuted for money laundering and financial terrorism, the Russian central bank said 27 January, Bloomberg reports. 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 »

New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

New Website Collects Reports and Data About Bribes in Hungary

Dec 20, 2013
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Hungary, like many other countries in the region, has an on-going corruption problem on almost every level of governance. A new project created by investigative website Átlátszó.hu and Transparency International, Fizettem.hu, has taken on the task of collecting reports from citizens about cases of bribery and corruption in the country. Read More »

Czechs spice up a game of geocaching with the flavor of space

Czechs spice up a game of geocaching with the flavor of space

Dec 3, 2013
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Thousands of players participated in a quest to locate ‘seeds from space’ after they were released from a balloon 30 kilometers above the ground on 16 November, Technet.cz reports.

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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.
Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Macedonia turns to SMS to curb pesticide use

Aug 19, 2013
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Farmers in the Prespa Lake Basin of Resen, Macedonia are reducing the amount of harmful pesticides polluting the region with the help of a new system that incorporates monitoring pests and social media, according to National Geographic’s “News Watch”.

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Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Picturing a budget, one color at a time

Aug 2, 2013
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An independent think tank in Moldova is trying to start debate about public money, and they are hoping to spark it with some very pretty pictures. Read More »

SICamp 2013 takes off in Moldova

SICamp 2013 takes off in Moldova

Jul 26, 2013
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SICamp Moldova 2013 will take place this weekend. Out of 152 applicants 45 were selected to work in teams to tackle nine different social issues using technology and new media. Read More »

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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Tragedy ignites online friendship between Romanians and Montenegrins

Tragedy ignites online friendship between Romanians and Montenegrins

Jul 17, 2013
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In one of the most tragic road accidents ever seen in Montenegro, 18 Romanian nationals lost their lives and 29 were injured on June 23, 2013 when a Romanian bus full of tourists ran off the Grlo bridge 30 kilometers away from the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica into a 40-meter-deep ravine of the Morača canyon.

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SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

Jul 9, 2013
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Tajikistan hosted the third Central Asian Social Innovation Camp this year between 29 June and 3 July outside of Dushanbe. Read More »

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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Russia’s Internet party

Russia’s Internet party

Jun 27, 2013
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Does Russia’s online community have anything resembling a common philosophy? New analysis of social media suggests the only idea shared right across the political spectrum is xenophobia. Emile Pain presents the research.

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Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Jun 13, 2013
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The Krizová mapa Česka, or Crisis Map Czech, an online disaster-mapping project created by a Czech television channel, has provided Czech citizens with up-to-date information about the flooding in the Czech Republic.
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