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New and improved networking in Russia

New and improved networking in Russia

Oct 31, 2011
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Russian Blogosphere

Infographic on the Russian Blogosphere by the Berkman Center at Harvard University, October 2010

A new report, “Social Change and the Russian Network Society,” by Gregory Asmolov and Josh Machleder has been published on information technology in Russian civil society. They explain how new information technology has given rise to the “Fifth Estate,” a social media-oriented network society that is taking its place alongside traditional media and is changing the way Russians consume information. Read More »

‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

‘Religious extremism’ blamed for Kazah Internet shutdown

Sep 13, 2011
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Though Nursultan Nazarbayev’s oil-rich Kazakhstan may be the wealthiest country in Central Asia, its Internet is certainly not the freest these days, as the latest crackdown on supposed “extreme” websites proves. Read More »

Moldova rewards technological startups

Moldova rewards technological startups

Aug 30, 2011
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Moldova recently hosted iTineret, a nation-wide contest to establish and promote young talent and achievements in the IT field. The competition comprised of categories including websites, graphics and applications. One of the winners of the contest was MediaPoint, a longtime TOL partner in Moldova. They created a website called Alerte.md based on a Ushahidi platform dedicated to monitoring and reporting issues that should be tackled by public authorities, such as bad roads and poor illumination. Read More »

Social media remains prone to fakery in Azerbaijan

Social media remains prone to fakery in Azerbaijan

Aug 24, 2011
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From time to time the issue of fake accounts comes up when talking about social networks. Before the arrest of so called “donkey bloggers” Emin Milli and Andnan Hajizade, though, the issue was rarely discussed. Public debates on the issue have grown with the rise of Facebook in Azerbaijan. Read More »

Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Is Turkmenistan using technology as an excuse to block international media?

Aug 23, 2011
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Satellite dishes have been declared a stain on Ashgabat’s landscape by Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, but is the move to scrap the dishes a ploy to curtail access to international media? Read More »

Blogging in Georgia is a lonely pursuit

Blogging in Georgia is a lonely pursuit

Aug 19, 2011
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Despite a dramatic increase over the past few years in the number of Georgian blogs, only a small percentage of the population knows what a blog actually is.

The results of a survey conducted by ACT, a market research and consulting company based in Georgia, indicated that 92.1% of the population do not know what a blog is. Read More »

Eastern European states in a social networking frenzy

Eastern European states in a social networking frenzy

Jul 28, 2011
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According to the Economist, internet users in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and Latvia are among the most likely people in the EU to visit social networking sites. Read More »

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Journalists Discuss Turkmenistan Explosion on al-Jazeera

Jul 14, 2011
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After the July 7 explosion in Abadan, citizen journalists flocked to social media sites, including the Turkmen social network Teswirler, to ascertain the cause and casualties of the event. Read More »

Authorities in Belarus try to harness the power of social networks

Authorities in Belarus try to harness the power of social networks

Jul 13, 2011
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Since the Wednesday July 6th demonstration of applause in Belarus, a phenomenon that is being increasingly covered by the international media, the organizers of the Revolution through the Social Networks announced in communities on VKontakte and Facebook that they are changing strategy. Read More »

Turkmenet proves strong

Turkmenet proves strong

Jul 11, 2011
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Last week, a fatal explosion in Turkmenistan sparked a wave of citizen journalism in the country, signifying the very real strength of the Internet and social networks in the dissemination of factual information. Read More »

The mailmen of Chisinau

The mailmen of Chisinau

Jul 1, 2011
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This week Moldovans gathered online to mark their concern about the recent demolition of Chisinau’s historic first post office. They soon found their efforts recognized, if not rewarded, in the real-world response of public authorities. Read More »

Authorities crack down on “silent revolutions” in Belarus

Authorities crack down on “silent revolutions” in Belarus

Jun 30, 2011
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The “Wednesday revolutions” organized via social networks and conducted in Minsk and other regional towns are making the Belarusian authorities nervous. Read More »

In Belarus, an undeclared revolution

In Belarus, an undeclared revolution

Jun 21, 2011
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On June 15 the two central squares of Minsk (or “Miensk,” as many Belarusians call their capital) were barricaded and closed to the public.
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From Facebook to flash mobs, Moldovans wage political campaigns on the web in recent elections

From Facebook to flash mobs, Moldovans wage political campaigns on the web in recent elections

Jun 15, 2011
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Moldova is currently in the thick of two rounds of local elections and is inundated with all the complex political dynamics and exchange associated with the period. The first round of municipal elections occurred 5 June, and the second round will take place this Sunday, 19 June.
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