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Moldova Startup Weekend features promising ideas

Moldova Startup Weekend features promising ideas

Jun 8, 2012
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Last weekend in Moldova, the second edition of Moldova Startup Weekend focusing on Mobile and Social Media apps was held. The winner of the first edition – Artur Gurău – will soon launch his social network for footballers. Read More »

Central Asian SICamp Redux: smaller, more wired, and with beer smuggling

Central Asian SICamp Redux: smaller, more wired, and with beer smuggling

Jun 6, 2012
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The second Social innovation camp was held 31 May – 3 June in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Although smaller than its predecessor in 2011 on the Kyrgyz Issyk Kul, it has had some changes that made it a great event. Read More »

Crowdfunding offers lifeboat to Georgians

Crowdfunding offers lifeboat to Georgians

May 7, 2012
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The crowdfunding fad has now made its way to Georgia and seems to have some potential. Launched just a few weeks ago, borani.org already has almost 300 contributors funding 21 projects; together, they’ve pledged 9,193 GEL ($5,650). Read More »

Social media fuels global sleuth challenge

Social media fuels global sleuth challenge

Apr 17, 2012
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The TAG Challenge, a social media competition simulating an international manhunt, has finished in less than a day with three out of the five suspects found. Read More »

Spreading social innovation in Central Asia with SICamp 2012

Spreading social innovation in Central Asia with SICamp 2012

Apr 16, 2012
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Transitions is launching the second SICamp, together with the Soros Foundation in Kazakhstan, which will take place on 17-20 May in or near Almaty. Read More »
Belgrade launches SMS bus schedules

Belgrade launches SMS bus schedules

Mar 27, 2012
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Perhaps the worst thing about waiting for a bus is not knowing whether your wait will be another three minutes or another 30 minutes. Fortunately, public transportation users in Belgrade have a new way to check for their bus’s ETA with only a cell phone. Read More »

Alaveteli: right-to-know software made easy

Alaveteli: right-to-know software made easy

Feb 27, 2012
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As interest has heightened across the region to launch freedom-of-information sites, one group is moving to make it infinitely easier to get such sites off the ground.

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New Media project to tackle corruption in Moldova

New Media project to tackle corruption in Moldova

Feb 8, 2012
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For a two-day period, 25 young people from Moldova came together to generate ideas for social projects that could be implemented through new media.
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Georgia prepares for TEDxTbilisi

Georgia prepares for TEDxTbilisi

Jan 20, 2012
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On February 11, 2012, the event TEDxTbilisi, devoted to the ideas worth spreading, will take place at Tbilisi State University. The theme is “The Long View”.  The thirteen Georgian and foreigner speakers were chosen from different fields, ranging from science, music, art or diplomacy. Read More »

Armenia’s first Social Innovation Camp

Armenia’s first Social Innovation Camp

Jan 3, 2012
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The following is a guest post from Glen Mehn, managing director of Social Innovation Camp, about a recent camp in Armenia. My fault, with a crazy December, in not getting this up earlier. From Glen:

Social Innovation Camp, in coordination with UNDP Armenia, the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Internews Armenia, and USAID, has helped run a Social Innovation Camp in Armenia.

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Scandal around election map in Russia

Scandal around election map in Russia

Dec 2, 2011
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Days before Russians go to the polls to choose a new parliament, Global Voices blogger Alexey Sidorenko reports on a remarkable example of push-back against the “official” way of electioneering – and increasing pressure from the political center on a group intent on documenting election violations. Read More »

Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Nov 17, 2011
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Politicians have a way with words.  Sometimes they also have a way with facts.  That is to say, they have their way with the facts.  That’s why new sites are popping up around the world to keep politicians honest and hold them to their promises. A website in Slovakia, Demagog.sk, is doing just that. Read More »

Romania uses social media to confront apathy

Romania uses social media to confront apathy

Nov 16, 2011
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Activists and civil society participants in Romania are coming up with innovative ways of combatting problems they see in their communities. A recent blog post on Tech Soup Global talks about what seems to have been a really productive competition called Restart Romania. The competition, organized  by Tech Soup Romania, was designed to find, develop and support a few of the best ideas. Read More »

New and improved networking in Russia

New and improved networking in Russia

Oct 31, 2011
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Russian Blogosphere

Infographic on the Russian Blogosphere by the Berkman Center at Harvard University, October 2010

A new report, “Social Change and the Russian Network Society,” by Gregory Asmolov and Josh Machleder has been published on information technology in Russian civil society. They explain how new information technology has given rise to the “Fifth Estate,” a social media-oriented network society that is taking its place alongside traditional media and is changing the way Russians consume information. Read More »

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