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Interactive map charts Russia’s environmental problem areas

Interactive map charts Russia’s environmental problem areas

Nov 26, 2012
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The Russian Geographic Society and news agency RIA Novosti have created a map of ecological hot spots in Russia, The St. Petersburg Times reports. Read More »
Bulgarian Facebook group helps police the police

Bulgarian Facebook group helps police the police

Nov 2, 2012
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A new Facebook group, called “Photograph a Policeman”  is making waves in the Bulgarian media. Read More »

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Oct 23, 2012
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About a month ago, the Swedish non-profit Civil Rights Defenders (CDR) released their version of CAPTCHA, the system that is used to verify that the user of the web site is a human (as opposed to a programmed robot). Read More »

Connecting the dots in new media and social innovation

Connecting the dots in new media and social innovation

Oct 19, 2012
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Sometimes here at NetProphet it can be a little too easy to get caught up in all the things happening every day in our coverage region. Whether it’s a new crowdmapping platform or an increase in Net Freedom crackdowns, there’s always something interesting to report on.  This is why it’s important to step back and get to know some of the people involved in leading the forward march of social media across the region. Read More »

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Oct 18, 2012
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Bribr [ru; App StoreFacebook] is a newly-launched iPhone/iPad app that allows anonymous users in Russia to submit the locations and the amounts of the bribes they pay. Later, it will be possible to report on the bribes taken as well. Read More »

Helpful resource: The Data Journalism Handbook (now in Russian)

Helpful resource: The Data Journalism Handbook (now in Russian)

Oct 17, 2012
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The folks over at Data Driven Journalism have announced the release of the first translation of their Data Journalism Handbook – and it’s in Russian! Read More »

Piano Player

Piano Player

Oct 11, 2012
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Over at TOL, we’ve been following developments rather closely of the Slovakia-born online paywall system known as Piano. This is a highly unusual story of a media-related innovation originating in our coverage region, but generating a lot of press in Western Europe and the United States (almost always, it’s the other way around). Read More »

Russia: SocialCamp, Crowdsourcing and Open Data

Russia: SocialCamp, Crowdsourcing and Open Data

A SocialCamp Russia ‘unconference’ took place in Moscow from 7th to 9th of September. Over the course of three days social activists spoke about projects aimed at raising awareness, improving mutual understanding, promoting philanthropy, and much more. Read More »

The sisterhood of the travelling Rails coders

The sisterhood of the travelling Rails coders

Oct 2, 2012
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For a small group of women in Tallinn, Estonia, the world of technology offers the chance to have it all: work and family. Known as Tech Sisters, the group formed in August with the intention of following up on the Rails Girls event last March. Read More »

Wikimedia turns to contest to boost photo bank

Wikimedia turns to contest to boost photo bank

Participants worldwide are uploading their photos of local monuments to Wikimedia commons as part of Wiki Loves Monuments a global photography contest that aims to crowdsource high quality images for the online encyclopedia. Read More »

Platform allows Skopje women to report harassment

Platform allows Skopje women to report harassment

Sep 18, 2012
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React!, a recently launched online platform that allows Macedonian women to self-report incidents of gender-based harassment, is attracting new users and positive reviews, according to Global Voices. Read More »

Macedonia, Bulgaria: Social Media Users Help Expose Forgery

Macedonia, Bulgaria: Social Media Users Help Expose Forgery

Sep 7, 2012
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A fact-checking intervention – a joint effort by Macedonian and Bulgarian social media users – has helped independent journalists expose forged documents used as lure for suspicious humanitarian donations. Read More »

Social networks aid coastal cleanup in Albania

Social networks aid coastal cleanup in Albania

Sep 5, 2012
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Confronting a national bias against volunteering, a group of environmentalists in Albania recently joined forces to collect 1.2 tons of waste scattered along one part of the country’s coast, Balkan Insight reports. Read More »

Know your politicians! Ukrainian website issues reports on MPs’ integrity

Know your politicians! Ukrainian website issues reports on MPs’ integrity

Aug 24, 2012
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Knowing who your representatives are has never been easier in Ukraine, thanks to the Chesno (Honest) civic movement. The organization has launched a website where anyone can monitor Ukrainian parliamentary members and their level of integrity. Read More »

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