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New Russian website sets targets on apartment repairs

New Russian website sets targets on apartment repairs

Dec 13, 2012
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After struggling to coalesce the increasingly targeted Russian opposition movement, anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny has launched a website to tap into public frustration over poor conditions in Russian apartment blocks. And after a month online, the site seems to be hitting a nerve, The New York Times reports. Read More »

Estonia decodes IT future

Estonia decodes IT future

Dec 12, 2012
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The European Union launched an information technology agency in Estonia last Saturday, just months after the Baltic country announced it would begin teaching computer programming to first-graders. Read More »

Kyrgyzstan MP seeks ban on “SMS divorces”

Kyrgyzstan MP seeks ban on “SMS divorces”

Nov 27, 2012
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Turushnbai Bakir-Uulu, a member of the Kyrgyz Parliament, has called for the country’s grand mufti to ban “SMS divorce,” Radio Free Europe reports. In the Sunni Muslim tradition, a man can say “talaq” to his wife one to three times and divorce her. The debate is now centered on whether or not sending “talaq” via SMS is valid. Read More »

Post-IGF results from Baku

Post-IGF results from Baku

Nov 16, 2012
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The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2012 finished in Baku and many results have come to reality. The forum included all kind of meetings about the Internet and included topics ranging from the technical to freedom of speech. Read More »

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 »

The uses and abuses of fighting extremism on RuNet

The uses and abuses of fighting extremism on RuNet

Nov 6, 2012
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The Internet is becoming ever more accessible in Russia, offering unlimited possibilities for the distribution of every kind of content. Cyberspace is also censored very minimally. This gives everyone an opportunity to speak their minds and cyber-antagonism is widespread in the Russian Internet community. Read More »

A local perspective on the Internet Governance Forum

A local perspective on the Internet Governance Forum

Oct 31, 2012
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The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in Baku  in a few days, will bring hundreds of international visitors to Azerbaijan. They will discuss Internet governance for sustainable human, economic and social development.

But how will this global conference influence our local situation? Read More »

Russia: With Opposition’s Online Elections Over, Scandals Plague Results

Russia: With Opposition’s Online Elections Over, Scandals Plague Results

Oct 25, 2012
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The Coordinating Council elections are finally over. Now that the results are in, and the Council has already convened [ru] for the first time, it’s time to look more closely at what happened. 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 »

Tajik journalists cry foul over blocks to ‘TajNet’

Tajik journalists cry foul over blocks to ‘TajNet’

Oct 16, 2012
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Journalists in Tajikistan have launched a campaign to protect press rights and protest a recent increase in government censorship online, according to Asia-Plus.

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Russia: The Kostin Report & the Trojan Horse of American ICT

Russia: The Kostin Report & the Trojan Horse of American ICT

Oct 8, 2012
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Earlier this week, Russian media outlets got a sneak peek [ru] at an upcoming report on the foreign penetration of the Russian Internet and the potential manipulation of the country’s future elections. 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 »

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 »

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