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New Media project to tackle corruption in Moldova

New Media project to tackle corruption in Moldova

Feb 8, 2012
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For a two-day period, 25 young people from Moldova came together to generate ideas for social projects that could be implemented through new media.
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Azerbaijan gets first text-to-speech system

Azerbaijan gets first text-to-speech system

Feb 6, 2012
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Dilmanc, which means “interpreter” in Azerbaijani, is an online project to convert text to speech. Anyone can test it via its website and listen to a male voice read the text. It also allows users to download the spoken text in mp3 format.
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Romanian startup Summify bought by Twitter

Romanian startup Summify bought by Twitter

Feb 1, 2012
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The web-based startup Summify, created by two Romanians, has been bought up by Twitter, according to Romania Insider.  Summify announced the news on their blog last week and said they were relocating to Twitter’s offices in San Francisco from their current base in Vancouver. Read More »

Georgian Monuments on Google Map

Georgian Monuments on Google Map

Jan 12, 2012
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A few months after Georgia appeared on Google Map, 100 cultural heritage monuments of Georgia were available on the most visited virtual map. the monuments includes exact location, history and all other details, including photos. The visitors to Google Map have the opportunity to find out all kind of information about those monuments. Read More »
Bulgarian police raid torrent sites

Bulgarian police raid torrent sites

Jan 12, 2012
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Bulgaria announced that it’s Organized Crime Unit (CDCOC),  have shut down two of the country’s largest torrent sites, according to Novinite. The anti-mafia police raided the homes and arrested the owners of the sites p2pbg.com and elit-bg.com, which officials believed to be responsible for illegally distributing copyrighted films and music .  One of the owners was a minor, according to the article. The article reports that the two sites together have around 750,000 users.

Restart Romania featured on HuffPo

Restart Romania featured on HuffPo

Dec 15, 2011
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Last month we brought you news of the the RestartRomania project, a project by TechSoup to help several projects by Romanian citizens to find new ways to implement socia media to tackle some of the country’s biggest issues. 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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Scandal around election map in Russia

Scandal around election map in Russia

Dec 2, 2011
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Days before Russians go to the polls to choose a new parliament, Global Voices blogger Alexey Sidorenko reports on a remarkable example of push-back against the “official” way of electioneering – and increasing pressure from the political center on a group intent on documenting election violations. Read More »

Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Keeping politicians honest in Slovakia

Nov 17, 2011
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Politicians have a way with words.  Sometimes they also have a way with facts.  That is to say, they have their way with the facts.  That’s why new sites are popping up around the world to keep politicians honest and hold them to their promises. A website in Slovakia, Demagog.sk, is doing just that. 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 »

Mediafabric brings global tech experts to Prague

Mediafabric brings global tech experts to Prague

Oct 3, 2011
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A host of journalists, editors, technologists, developers, designers and hackers will be descending on Prague on October 21 for Mediafabric 2011, a day-long hackathon curated by open-source software startup, Sourcefabric. Read More »

With the help of its citizens, Georgia’s Google Map to be colored in

With the help of its citizens, Georgia’s Google Map to be colored in

Aug 8, 2011
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This year, Georgia was mapped for the first time … on Google, that is. Due to efforts in Georgia, geographic detail is finally available on Google Map Maker, a service launched by Google in 2008 to open Google Maps to community collaborative effort, and will soon be available on Google Maps itself. Read More »

Twitter launches tool for journalists

Twitter launches tool for journalists

Jun 29, 2011
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With #TfN Twitter aims to become an indispensable resource for reporters and editors. Read More »

WordPress Woes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

WordPress Woes in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Jun 28, 2011
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Our partners at neweurasia are reporting that access to the popular WordPress publishing platform has been cut off from users in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, creating severe headaches for bloggers working in the countries. Read More »

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