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In Moldova sharing is caring, literally

In Moldova sharing is caring, literally

Jan 30, 2012
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Facebook pages do not just make the world smaller, but bring local communities closer especially if pages start from a simple idea and are not commercial. Read More »

Internet usage in Georgia

Internet usage in Georgia

Jan 30, 2012
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Only two percent of internet users in Georgia run their own blogs or read other blogs, forty percent mainly connect internet for social networks, twenty percent use to learn news, Forty-five percent search information, – a result of survey carried out by the Caucasus Research Resource Centre (CRRC) in 2009 and 2011 following the order by Eurasia Partnership Foundation. Read More »

Online gambling a problem in Georgia

Online gambling a problem in Georgia

Jan 28, 2012
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EurasiaNet posted a great article last week on Georgia and the increasingly serious problem of online gambling.  Already, the online gambling site Adjarabet.com is the second most visited website in the country.  The exact extent of the problem is unknown, according to the article, as Georgia does not issue licenses for online casinos.

Image courtesy Flickr user, Orin Zebest

Tradition gets tech update with Kazakh ‘IT Yurt’

Tradition gets tech update with Kazakh ‘IT Yurt’

Dec 25, 2011
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A library in the east Kazakhstan city of Ust-Kamenogorsk is trying a new way to get kids connected to information.  Earlier this month, the city’s Pushkin Library opened a new IT center housed in a yurt structure. Read More »

Crowdsourcing tapped in initiative to add Kyrgyz to Google Translate

Crowdsourcing tapped in initiative to add Kyrgyz to Google Translate

Dec 14, 2011
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Kyrgyz speakers recruited on Facebook and other social networking sites have submitted nearly 30,000 pairs of texts in Kyrgyz and English in an effort aimed at getting Google to add Kyrgyz to the list of languages available on its automatic translation site.

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Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Belarus ISP asks users to censor themselves

Dec 10, 2011
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A story started making its way around the Belarusian Internet several days ago when the state ISP Beltelecom sent its subscribers a request to change the DNS servers manually in order to “comply with the legislature on controlling Internet access”. Read More »

Cyber-censorship in Central Asia a growing concern

Cyber-censorship in Central Asia a growing concern

Dec 1, 2011
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The Internet has never been very free in Central Asia, but recent crackdowns in the region have watchdogs worried the situation is actually deteriorating.

report released this month by an international collection of human-rights groups looks at Internet control and censorship in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan – especially in light of how these countries use threats of terrorism and religious extremism to justify tightening their grip on the Internet.

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The struggle to turn ‘slacktivism’ to activism in Belarus

The struggle to turn ‘slacktivism’ to activism in Belarus

Nov 30, 2011
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Social media-spawned protests have failed to materialize as expected despite recent attempts by Belarusian activists. Read More »

Evgeny Morozov, animated

Evgeny Morozov, animated

Nov 26, 2011
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Belarusian writer, researcher and social commentator Evgeny Morozov is an expert on how technology affects social and political arenas. Earlier this year he published a book called The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom where he looks critically at the ideas and idealism of cyber-utopianism  and how the Internet may do as much harm for democracy as it does good for people in authoritarian states.

In 2009, Morozov gave a talk called The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens where he spoke about these issues.  RSA Animate put the talk to images for this great video.

 

Chuck Norris Facebook gag fools Ukrainian media

Chuck Norris Facebook gag fools Ukrainian media

Nov 25, 2011
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To celebrate Ukraine’s national language day earlier this month, Facebook user Fedir Gontsa photoshopped an image of American actor Chuck Norris holding a book written in Ukrainian.  Global Voices tells the story of how that small prank got mistaken for the truth and was reprinted in several Ukrainian news outlets with the story that Norris had met with Ukrainian expats in Canada.

Just goes to show, social media might be a great place to find new stories, but it is no replacement for old-fashioned just-the-facts reporting.

New data suggest Russian Internet use will rise and rise

New data suggest Russian Internet use will rise and rise

Nov 23, 2011
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The largest country in Europe now boasts the most Internet users as well, new research shows. 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 »

Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Twitter used to free foreign journalist in Kyrgyzstan

Nov 15, 2011
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Twitter is a great tool for journalists to use when collecting information, but it can also be a valuable lifeline should they run into any trouble while reporting. A recent story posted by Foreign Policy tells the breathless tale of an American journalist arrested while working in Kyrgyzstan. He had been covering a protest when he was picked up by men claiming to be secret police. Fortunately for him, he was able to phone a friend before being taken away. This is the story of how his friends were able to use Twitter to locate him and start an immediate dialogue with the people in power who could help set him free.

Homepage photo by Alton, Creative Commons licensed.

Georgia’s most popular man

Georgia’s most popular man

Nov 7, 2011
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He is the most popular Georgian on Facebook, and the number of his fans increased after a recent announcement by his billionaire father, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s richest man according to Forbes, with an estimated worth of $5.5billion. Ivanishvili declared that he would form a political party and take part in the 2012 parliamentary elections.

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