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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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Do Russian multimillionaires dream of synthetic brains?

Do Russian multimillionaires dream of synthetic brains?

Jun 7, 2013
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Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov has a plan to mass-produce human-like avatars that would grant immortality by uploading people’s brains and personalities for after they die. Read More »

Elva, crowd-sourcing conflict in the South Caucasus

Elva, crowd-sourcing conflict in the South Caucasus

Elva is a platform developed in Georgia that allows to easily receive feedback from local communities via SMS. Successfully used to map local needs along the ABL with South Ossetia, it could soon be used elsewhere Read More »

New app warns Romanian drivers of upcoming potholes

New app warns Romanian drivers of upcoming potholes

Apr 30, 2013
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Although a solution to Romania’s endemic road problems is still nowhere in sight, a team of Romanian IT specialists has come up with an app for mobile phones that allows drivers to avoid potholes. Read More »

Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Social media have become one of the few places where young people from Armenia and Azerbaijan can meet. Yet, not without risks Read More »

Fearing good fortune, Estonia crowd-sources ideas

Fearing good fortune, Estonia crowd-sources ideas

Apr 11, 2013
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Worried that success might spoil Estonia, its leader has reached out to citizens to tell the government what it should do to satisfy their fast-evolving desires, Estonian Public Broadcasting reports. Read More »

Bridging the digital divide (one Central Asian language at a time)

Bridging the digital divide (one Central Asian language at a time)

The localization of Skype into the Kyrgyz language in 2011 has been the first step to opening the world’s most popular messenger to the people who do not – surprise, surprise – speak Russian or English. Read More »

That startup fever

That startup fever

Feb 5, 2013
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Vladimir Funtikov, a 26-year-old Estonian businessman, already has behind him successful studies at university and the launch of several small technology companies, including Creative Mobile, which produces games for smart phones. Now he’s come up with a crazy idea: playing on cell phones should be taught as a subject at university because, among other reasons, his company – with offices in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, New York, and London employing 60 people – can’t find enough skilled developers and programmers.  Read More »

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Looking East: The Russian example of volunteerism for Belarus

Dec 24, 2012
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Social participation is something that works for Russia sometimes as well as in the West. Or at least, OK, better than it does in Belarus.
Mapping Czech open data (and dangerous food)

Mapping Czech open data (and dangerous food)

One of the biggest topics we cover at Net Prophet is the growing acceptance of open government data. At least in some sectors, many countries are beginning to see the benefits of opening up their wealth of information to their citizens and journalists. Some interesting platforms have been developed in the process, but we have noticed that even the best examples really only go so far in truly opening up their data. Yes, a ministry may make a document or database available online, but often they are too difficult for average citizens – and even journalists – to use.
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