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Moldovans turn to social media to stop exam cheating

Moldovans turn to social media to stop exam cheating

Jun 14, 2012
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Cheating on high school graduation exams is a common practice in Moldova. Sadly, the practice is widespread and tacitly accepted by Moldovan society. In a way, exams are seen more as a game of survival, with the highest grades going to the people best able to handle the exam and not necessarily the ones who studied more. Read More »

In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

In Russia, Internet eclipsing TV in popularity

May 28, 2012
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It was bound to happen at some point.

In Russia, it now seems the Internet is a more popular source of information than TV – sort of. Read More »

Who’s afraid of Macedonians?

Who’s afraid of Macedonians?

May 23, 2012
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A recent YouTube ad campaign funded by the Macedonian government and meant to teach people how to behave with tourists upset many Macedonians through its style, Balkan Insight writes. The seven one-minute clips that went viral after being posted last week present several “Macedonian endemic species” including a bed-and-breakfast owner, an “alpha male,” a taxi driver, a waiter, and a market vendor, each behaving in a rude an unwelcoming way. Read More »

Soap operas find online niche in Azerbaijan

Soap operas find online niche in Azerbaijan

May 11, 2012
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In Azerbaijan, soap operas are mainly aimed at housewives and elderly people. But recent changes applied to TV regulation in the country have made them popular with young Internet users as well. Although a recent talk show on the subject of one particular show has sparked an online debate. 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 »

Solving virtual problems in reality in Azerbaijan

Solving virtual problems in reality in Azerbaijan

Apr 23, 2012
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Difficult realities are sometimes hidden from the general public. This often happens in the virtual world. Read More »

Understanding disabilities in Kazakhstan with ‘more than a blog’

Understanding disabilities in Kazakhstan with ‘more than a blog’

Apr 2, 2012
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Of all the ideas and trends which cyberspace offers in Central Asia, health and social problems still lack representation on the web. Read More »

Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Kazakhs search for love with online Muslim dating site

Mar 22, 2012
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With all the news in the past year about social media being used to organize protests, revolutions and better access to information, it can be easy to forget that the Internet can also be used to help people fulfill a much more fundamental human need: love. Read More »

First political viral video from Belarus passes 60,000 views

First political viral video from Belarus passes 60,000 views

Mar 7, 2012
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A new video from Belarus depicting President Alexander Lukashenko as an annoying bee harassing a journalist has reached more than 60,000 views since it was posted 29 February, making it the first political video in the country to go viral. Read More »

Iran blocks Eurovision website

Iran blocks Eurovision website

Mar 5, 2012
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Blocking online content in Iran is not news. But few may have heard that in Iran, music websites or contests can also be considered “enemy” content. Read More »

Moldovans get an unwanted case of holiday viral spamming

Moldovans get an unwanted case of holiday viral spamming

Mar 2, 2012
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What are you ready to do for a pair of new glasses, for a movie ticket, for a romantic dinner, or for a new phone? As a social-media manager, I have to know these things so I can make more efficient viral campaigns. But what happens when an interesting idea for viral marketing transforms into mass spamming? Read More »

Google Street View coming to Bulgaria

Google Street View coming to Bulgaria

Feb 27, 2012
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It looks like Bulgaria is the next country for Google’s team to photograph for its Street View project.   Read More »

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

Internet trolls a sign of the times for Central Asia?

As if censorship, blocked access, possible arrest, and even retaliation weren’t bad enough, now Internet users in Central Asia apparently have a new scourge to deal with in their fight to have their voices heard: the dreaded Internet troll. Read More »

Cold weather ‘trending’ in Azerbaijan

Cold weather ‘trending’ in Azerbaijan

Feb 10, 2012
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The cold weather has done more than just descend on Azerbaijan, it also seems to have invaded its social media networks as well. Read More »

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