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Russia: Lawmaker Wants to Regulate Social Networks

Russia: Lawmaker Wants to Regulate Social Networks

Oct 22, 2012
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In the echo-chamber of RuNet it is easy for bloggers to fall prey to sensationalist headlines. A case in point:

A few days ago several bloggers were incensed by the idea that a Duma committee responsible for legislating the Internet was going to propose a new law [ru] requiring passport identification for users of social networks. 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 »

Ukraine: Humorous Political Ad Sparks Online “Pussy Cat Riot”

Ukraine: Humorous Political Ad Sparks Online “Pussy Cat Riot”

Half a month ago, after weeks of tension caused by the adoption of the controversial Language Law and in the midst of an intense pre-election mudslinging period, Ukrainians were finally rewarded with the much-needed comic relief. Read More »

Facebook founder seeks new talent in Russia

Facebook founder seeks new talent in Russia

Oct 4, 2012
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev welcomed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to Moscow 1 October. Medvedev, an enthusiastic blogger and Twitter user, said he was one of Russia’s estimated 10 million users of the social networking site. Read More »

Odnoklassniki localized into Kyrgyz

Odnoklassniki localized into Kyrgyz

Sep 28, 2012
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Odnoklassniki.ru, one of the biggest and the most popular social networks in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, has launched a Kyrgyz-language version of its mobile site. Read More »

Bratislava officials nix “Chuck Norris” bridge

Bratislava officials nix “Chuck Norris” bridge

Sep 26, 2012
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In more depressing news for the Internet’s civic activism potential, online voters in a Slovak poll lost their effort to give a possibly tongue-in-cheek name to a new pedestrian bridge over the Morava River into Austria, according to The Guardian. Read More »

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

Threats to net freedom increasing, diversifying

When it comes to the battle over the Internet, repressive governments have been pushing hard over the past year to gain greater control over what their citizens say and see online.  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 »

Odnoklassniki blocks largest social group in Moldova

Odnoklassniki blocks largest social group in Moldova

Sep 13, 2012
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On 31 August, the Russian social network Odnoklassniki blocked Nicolae Petrov, a young man of 18 who owned the largest group in Moldova entitled “Latest News from Moldova”. The community of 369,000 people discussed daily news in Moldova. Read More »

Kyrgyzstan: Facebook Post Spurs Row with Belarus

Kyrgyzstan: Facebook Post Spurs Row with Belarus

Sep 10, 2012
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A photo taken by a Minsk-based democracy activist, Mikhail Pashkevich, has sent relations between the former-Soviet republics of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan into a nosedive. 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 »

Russia: Millions of Taxpayer Rubles Earmarked for Facebook “Likes”

Russia: Millions of Taxpayer Rubles Earmarked for Facebook “Likes”

Aug 31, 2012
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Earlier last week, blogger and anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny took aim at a pending state tender [ru] for advertising services to aid the state-owned broadcasting company The Voice of Russia (VoR). Next month, an auction will be held through Sberbank [ru] to find a firm capable of meeting VoR’s publicity targets. The maximum price tag has been capped at 7 million rubles (220 thousand USD). Read More »

Belarusian opposition VK groups hacked, admins arrested

Belarusian opposition VK groups hacked, admins arrested

Aug 30, 2012
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Unknown hackers have hacked a popular opposition community page in the social network of VKontakte.ru, and at the same time several of the pages’ moderators have been arrested. Read More »

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