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PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

Jun 14, 2013
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Brace yourself. The cyberwar is coming.
Since last week, when the world learned about PRISM, a vast and secret American electronic surveillance program, Russian state officials have expressed renewed concerns about foreign social networks posing a national security threat.

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Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Disaster-mapping project helps spread reports of the Czech floods

Jun 13, 2013
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The Krizová mapa Česka, or Crisis Map Czech, an online disaster-mapping project created by a Czech television channel, has provided Czech citizens with up-to-date information about the flooding in the Czech Republic.
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Do Russian multimillionaires dream of synthetic brains?

Do Russian multimillionaires dream of synthetic brains?

Jun 7, 2013
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Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov has a plan to mass-produce human-like avatars that would grant immortality by uploading people’s brains and personalities for after they die. Read More »

Cheat.org: What’s wrong with Russia’s online petitions?

Cheat.org: What’s wrong with Russia’s online petitions?

The Russian government-sponsored initiative [ru] to increase public participation in policy-making through an online petition process [GV], was met with suspicion even before its launch [GV] in April. Now, almost two months later, opposition bloggers are crying foul, claiming that the process has already been corrupted. Read More »

Georgian authorities reassure Christians about use of digital IDs

Georgian authorities reassure Christians about use of digital IDs

Apr 26, 2013
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Rumors that electronic ID cards carry hidden satanic symbols have swirled in Georgia since the cards were introduced in 2011. Efforts by the Georgian Orthodox Church to quash the story, even a ruling approving the cards by the church’s Holy Synod, seem not to be working, so the government has stepped in, EurasiaNet.org writes. Read More »

Kazakhstan climbs up the post-Soviet IT heap

Kazakhstan climbs up the post-Soviet IT heap

Apr 24, 2013
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In the annual Global Information Technology Report of the World Economic Forum, Kazakhstan has outshone its Central Asian neighbors – and Russia – to rank 43 of 144 countries, EurasiaNet.org reports. Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, ranks at the bottom of all post-Soviet nations, at 118.     Read More »

Skolkovo police raid fuels Putin-Medvedev split speculation

Skolkovo police raid fuels Putin-Medvedev split speculation

Apr 22, 2013
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On 18 April, Russian authorities searched the Moscow offices of the Skolkovo Foundation, a high-tech incubator, in a move certain to fuel speculation of a widening rift between Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Reuters reports. Read More »

Estonia has high hopes for small cube

Estonia has high hopes for small cube

Apr 9, 2013
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Before the end of the month, Estonia will try to launch its first satellite into orbit and become the latest country to join more than 50 states active outside Earth’s atmosphere. Read More »

Moldova wins international ‘Best mGovernment’ prize

Moldova wins international ‘Best mGovernment’ prize

Mar 25, 2013
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The Moldovan government was recently awarded the international “Best mGovernment” prize for their mobile-signature project, according to Moldova’s e-government center. Read More »

Azerbaijan puts first satellite into orbit

Azerbaijan puts first satellite into orbit

Feb 12, 2013
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Azerbaijan successfully launched its first telecommunications satellite into orbit on 7 February.

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Facebook stonewalls Yandex’s social search app

Facebook stonewalls Yandex’s social search app

Feb 11, 2013
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Yandex’s social search app has been shut down, for now.  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 »

Roscosmos aims for Mars and plans to build on moon

Roscosmos aims for Mars and plans to build on moon

Jan 29, 2013
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With Mars on the mind, Russian space agency Roscosmos has announced plans for manned bases on the moon.

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