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Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Uzbek entrepreneurs launch new social media site

Jul 23, 2013
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Three Uzbek entrepreneurs have founded a new picture-sharing social media site called Modera, according to the Sacramento Press.

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The terrifying potential of a post-Navalny Russia

The terrifying potential of a post-Navalny Russia

Jul 22, 2013
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On the eve of being sentenced to a five-year term in a penal colony, Alexey Navalny blogged about puffer fish. The Russian opposition would be remiss to think of itself as a school of small fish being pursued by a big predatory fish (i.e. the Kremlin), he wrote on his blog. The predator was simply putting on an act to conceal its weakness.

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Digitalization wraps up in Poland: Bad news for broadcasters, good news for viewers?

Digitalization wraps up in Poland: Bad news for broadcasters, good news for viewers?

Jul 18, 2013
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As Poland has gradually switched from its antiqued analogue television system to a more updated digital system, four of the largest TV channels have experienced a sharp drop in viewers, while at the same time, the number of digital television users continues to grow. Read More »

Religious group unveils violent anti-Pussy Riot game

Religious group unveils violent anti-Pussy Riot game

Jul 15, 2013
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Released by a Russian Orthodox youth organization, a new video game explicitly targets the feminist punk band Pussy Riot that became an international cause after its members were jailed for an antigovernment performance at a Moscow church last year, Reuters reports. Read More »

Russian security service gets old school to protect secrets

Russian security service gets old school to protect secrets

Jul 12, 2013
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The recent allegations over the widespread extent of the America’s surveillance program have prompted Russia to regress to a more low-tech alternative to computers—typewriters. Read More »

SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

SICamp makes its third Central Asian appearance in Tajikistan

Jul 9, 2013
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Tajikistan hosted the third Central Asian Social Innovation Camp this year between 29 June and 3 July outside of Dushanbe. Read More »

Uzbekistan opens online public service website

Uzbekistan opens online public service website

Jul 3, 2013
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In a sign of the continued rapid growth of Internet use in one of Central Asia’s most restrictive countries, Uzbekistan has unveiled an online single access point to state services, UzDaily.com reports.

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Trading the Bachelor’s thesis for … Wikipedia

Trading the Bachelor’s thesis for … Wikipedia

Jul 1, 2013
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Typically, university students are warned to avoid citing Wikipedia in essays.

However, a few particularly forward-looking universities in Poland and Ukraine are urging their students to write articles for Wikipedia, rather than employing Wikipedia quotes for essays that would probably just ‘gather dust’ once they’ve been graded, according to the Global Post.

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Russian space program caught up in corruption case

Russian space program caught up in corruption case

Jun 28, 2013
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The Baikonur space center, a Russian-leased launch site located in Kazakhstan, was the scene of a corruption case that resulted in the embezzlement of more than 15 million rubles ($456,000), RIA Novosti reports.

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Russia’s Internet party

Russia’s Internet party

Jun 27, 2013
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Does Russia’s online community have anything resembling a common philosophy? New analysis of social media suggests the only idea shared right across the political spectrum is xenophobia. Emile Pain presents the research.

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Kazakhstan in the dark over TV digitization

Kazakhstan in the dark over TV digitization

Jun 26, 2013
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While digital media use continues to grow in Kazakhstan, its citizens are being kept in the dark on the digitization of broadcast TV, according to Open Society Foundation.  And while the number of Kazakh netizens has increased dramatically, they still continue  to face significant restriction over their online access.

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Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Amazon seeking entry points to Central European markets

Jun 25, 2013
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Amazon is on the verge of setting up an operation in Poland, Polish Radio reports, citing theRzeczpospolita daily and an unnamed source. But contrary to earlier reports, its new offices in Warsaw will concentrate on IT services rather than offering a full Polish version of its global online retail outlet.

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Storming the Castle

Storming the Castle

Jun 24, 2013
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Jan Figel, a leading Slovak politician, should be a conservative and outwardly acts that way. He is chairman of the Christian Democratic Party and deputy chairman of the Slovak parliament. But perhaps because he was a European commissioner and picked up something in Europe, he let himself become, on 16 June, the first Central European politician to publicly try out Google Glass, a revolutionary toy in the history of the Internet and mobile technologies. Read More »

Revealing e-book shares Azerbaijan’s political secrets

Revealing e-book shares Azerbaijan’s political secrets

Jun 18, 2013
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An e-book produced by the ‘International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ (ICIJ) has been made freely available online and is aimed at pinpointing corruption in offshore accounts. In an effort to spread this information and to shed light on those involved, including a Kazakh banking tycoon and Russian corporate executive, the e-book details cases of corruption as well as providing summaries on those involved, and the information is spreading. Read More »

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