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Meteorite pelts Russia with tweets, memes, and scams

Meteorite pelts Russia with tweets, memes, and scams

Feb 18, 2013
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The meteorite that fell near the Russian industrial city of Chelyabinsk on 15 February sent shock waves around the RuNet and social networks worldwide. Read More »

YouTube sues Russian authorities over video ban

YouTube sues Russian authorities over video ban

Feb 13, 2013
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YouTube is suing the Russian consumer rights agency over a new law that restricts content, RIA Novosti reports. Read More »

In Belarus, gadgets gadgets everywhere nor any freedom to tweet

In Belarus, gadgets gadgets everywhere nor any freedom to tweet

Feb 13, 2013
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Perhaps you saw the funny quote in my news feed on Facebook that read: “This country looks like a post-apocalyptic world. Everyone has got gadgets, phones, and tablets – and around you see broken roads and loads of waste”. Read More »

Facebook stonewalls Yandex’s social search app

Facebook stonewalls Yandex’s social search app

Feb 11, 2013
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Yandex’s social search app has been shut down, for now.  Read More »

Russian Orthodox Church looks to salvation online

Russian Orthodox Church looks to salvation online

Feb 8, 2013
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The Russian Orthodox Church is looking to improve its web presence after Patriarch Kirill voiced his concern over church’s reputation on the Internet. Read More »

Critics question neutrality of Kazakh Wikipedia

Critics question neutrality of Kazakh Wikipedia

Jan 8, 2013
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Ties between the Kazakhstani government and WikiBilim, the NGO founded to promote the expansion of the Kazakh-language version of Wikipedia, have prompted critics of the online encyclopedia to accuse it of providing the Kazakh regime with an opportunity to use the website as a propaganda machine. Read More »

In Belarus, converting online power to offline momentum

In Belarus, converting online power to offline momentum

Dec 10, 2012
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Belarus is known for its peculiar attitude to its own culture (or maybe it’s better to say we have a peculiar attitude to our president who has been running the country without any changes since 1994). Read More »

Hunting black swans with big data

Hunting black swans with big data

Dec 6, 2012
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In times of worldwide economic crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, one often wonders if such events couldn’t have been mitigated or avoided altogether with the help of the latest technological developments. The United Nations Development Programme offers a potential answer in the form of a software that allows better data visualization and detection of irregular patterns.

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‘Carousel Voting’ Goes Viral in Kyrgyz Elections

‘Carousel Voting’ Goes Viral in Kyrgyz Elections

Dec 4, 2012
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Nearly three months of intrusive and irksome electoral campaigns in Kyrgyzstan came to an end as votes were counted for the five municipal elections held on November 25. But with the results in, a scandalous piece of citizen media has left a sour taste in the mouth. Read More »

Tajikistan cuts access to Facebook, again

Tajikistan cuts access to Facebook, again

Nov 28, 2012
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Authorities in Tajikistan have blocked access to Facebook for the second time this year, saying citizens are too tired of the “mud and slander” emanating from the site, according to Reuters. The blockade is one of several measures seen as aimed at dampening public dissent as the country looks ahead to a presidential election in 2013. Read More »

Kyrgyz election candidates timidly test social media waters

Kyrgyz election candidates timidly test social media waters

Nov 21, 2012
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As local government election campaigns heat up around Kyrgyzstan, some candidates are looking to social media as an additional platform for political battle and drawing voter attention. Candidates and parties in Kyrgyzstan have begun to recognize the power of social networks following the 2010 revolution. But so far, it seems few candidates are willing to embrace Facebook and Twitter as a campaign tool and dive in head first. Read More »

Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

Azerbaijan: How to Measure Free Speech on the Internet?

Nov 20, 2012
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Originally published by EurasiaNet.org.

Civil society activists in Azerbaijan are trying to push back against government efforts to restrict space for public debate. And they’re hoping a recent global Internet forum in Baku will expand international support for their cause.

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Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Kremlin tells top officials to tone down their tweets

Nov 9, 2012
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for establishing a new set of rules for Russian officials when they use social network websites, RIA Novosti reports. Read More »

Blogger provides look into Russian war on terror

Blogger provides look into Russian war on terror

Nov 5, 2012
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The anonymous LiveJournal blog hardingush [ru] was created on September 15, 2012. Now, less than two months later, the blog, subtitled Spetsnaz Ingushetii (Ingush Special Forces), is number 425th [ru] in LJ’s general user rating. Netizens have left over 4,000 comments on its various posts. Four of these posts also made it into the October top-25 list [ru] of North Caucasus bloggers (a monthly rating compiled by Moscow-based blogger timag82 [ru]). Read More »

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