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Bridging the digital divide (one Central Asian language at a time)

Bridging the digital divide (one Central Asian language at a time)

The localization of Skype into the Kyrgyz language in 2011 has been the first step to opening the world’s most popular messenger to the people who do not – surprise, surprise – speak Russian or English. Read More »

Lithuania zooms in on Google Street View

Lithuania zooms in on Google Street View

Feb 19, 2013
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Though initially hesitant to endorse Google Street View, the Lithuanian government has discovered the mapping service may be instrumental in identifying tax cheats. Read More »

Yandex to expand its technological horizons

Yandex to expand its technological horizons

Feb 6, 2013
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Internet giant Yandex has become the first Russian company to get access to the vast databases of the influential Swiss European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). Read More »

That startup fever

That startup fever

Feb 5, 2013
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Vladimir Funtikov, a 26-year-old Estonian businessman, already has behind him successful studies at university and the launch of several small technology companies, including Creative Mobile, which produces games for smart phones. Now he’s come up with a crazy idea: playing on cell phones should be taught as a subject at university because, among other reasons, his company – with offices in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, New York, and London employing 60 people – can’t find enough skilled developers and programmers.  Read More »

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 »

Hunting black swans with big data

Hunting black swans with big data

Dec 6, 2012
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In times of worldwide economic crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, one often wonders if such events couldn’t have been mitigated or avoided altogether with the help of the latest technological developments. The United Nations Development Programme offers a potential answer in the form of a software that allows better data visualization and detection of irregular patterns.

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Macedonian Schools Face the Shock of the New

Macedonian Schools Face the Shock of the New

Nov 19, 2012
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SKOPJE | In the past five years Macedonian classrooms have seen many changes. An additional year of mandatory education; “interactive” teaching in place of the rote learning of the past; new textbooks; a computer for every pupil – it all foretold a radical transformation of what most agreed was a woefully obsolete school system. Read More »

The Kremlin’s 21st-century thought police

The Kremlin’s 21st-century thought police

Nov 14, 2012
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Earlier this month, Russia’s controversial new Internet blacklist law went into effect, raising serious concerns from bloggers, activists, and human rights watchers. The law, with the particularly Orwellian name “On Amendments to Federal Law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation”, officially gives Kremlin agencies the legal right for deep surveillance of its citizenry. Read More »

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Hooked on a feeling: The strange marriage of human rights and CAPTCHAs

Oct 23, 2012
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About a month ago, the Swedish non-profit Civil Rights Defenders (CDR) released their version of CAPTCHA, the system that is used to verify that the user of the web site is a human (as opposed to a programmed robot). Read More »

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Russia: Crowdmapping Corruption with Bribr Mobile App

Oct 18, 2012
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Bribr [ru; App StoreFacebook] is a newly-launched iPhone/iPad app that allows anonymous users in Russia to submit the locations and the amounts of the bribes they pay. Later, it will be possible to report on the bribes taken as well. Read More »

Uzbekistan targets proxy servers in continued Net crackdown

Uzbekistan targets proxy servers in continued Net crackdown

Oct 12, 2012
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Internet users in Uzbekistan have reported being blocked from accessing proxy servers, according to Uznews.
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Piano Player

Piano Player

Oct 11, 2012
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Over at TOL, we’ve been following developments rather closely of the Slovakia-born online paywall system known as Piano. This is a highly unusual story of a media-related innovation originating in our coverage region, but generating a lot of press in Western Europe and the United States (almost always, it’s the other way around). Read More »

New Yandex browser escalates Russia’s search-engine wars

New Yandex browser escalates Russia’s search-engine wars

Oct 10, 2012
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Last week Russia’s leading search engine Yandex launched its own web browser in an effort to stave off attempts by search giant Google to gain market share in Russia’s increasingly lucrative Internet space. Read More »

Polish software giant set to take control of Russian competitor

Polish software giant set to take control of Russian competitor

Sep 3, 2012
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Poland’s biggest software maker is setting its sights on the fast-growing Russian market. Asseco Poland has signed a letter of intent to take a majority stake in a large Russian IT firm that serves the banking and financial sectors, Asseco chief executive Adam Goral said 27 August, Reuters reports. Read More »

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