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Unfazed by controversy, TeliaSonera boosts its share of Kazakh mobile market

Unfazed by controversy, TeliaSonera boosts its share of Kazakh mobile market

Jan 9, 2013
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Swedish mobile network operator TeliaSonera has taken another big bite into Kazakhstan’s telecommunications sector, spending $170 million on 4G technology for KCell, the country’s largest mobile provider, Total Telecom reports. Read More »

Estonia decodes IT future

Estonia decodes IT future

Dec 12, 2012
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The European Union launched an information technology agency in Estonia last Saturday, just months after the Baltic country announced it would begin teaching computer programming to first-graders. Read More »

Space race in the Baltics in full swing

Space race in the Baltics in full swing

Dec 7, 2012
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Latvia recently stole the lead in the Baltic space race, stating it would launch its first satellite into orbit early next year.

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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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Kyrgyzstan MP seeks ban on “SMS divorces”

Kyrgyzstan MP seeks ban on “SMS divorces”

Nov 27, 2012
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Turushnbai Bakir-Uulu, a member of the Kyrgyz Parliament, has called for the country’s grand mufti to ban “SMS divorce,” Radio Free Europe reports. In the Sunni Muslim tradition, a man can say “talaq” to his wife one to three times and divorce her. The debate is now centered on whether or not sending “talaq” via SMS is valid. Read More »

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 »

Going digital, playing politics

Going digital, playing politics

Nov 1, 2012
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ALMATY | In 1997, Kazakhstan’s government seized control of the television and radio airwaves in what was widely regarded as a politically motivated process to stifle opposition voices.

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A local perspective on the Internet Governance Forum

A local perspective on the Internet Governance Forum

Oct 31, 2012
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The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will be held in Baku  in a few days, will bring hundreds of international visitors to Azerbaijan. They will discuss Internet governance for sustainable human, economic and social development.

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Russia: The Kostin Report & the Trojan Horse of American ICT

Russia: The Kostin Report & the Trojan Horse of American ICT

Oct 8, 2012
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Earlier this week, Russian media outlets got a sneak peek [ru] at an upcoming report on the foreign penetration of the Russian Internet and the potential manipulation of the country’s future elections. Read More »

Russia: SocialCamp, Crowdsourcing and Open Data

Russia: SocialCamp, Crowdsourcing and Open Data

A SocialCamp Russia ‘unconference’ took place in Moscow from 7th to 9th of September. Over the course of three days social activists spoke about projects aimed at raising awareness, improving mutual understanding, promoting philanthropy, and much more. Read More »

The sisterhood of the travelling Rails coders

The sisterhood of the travelling Rails coders

Oct 2, 2012
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For a small group of women in Tallinn, Estonia, the world of technology offers the chance to have it all: work and family. Known as Tech Sisters, the group formed in August with the intention of following up on the Rails Girls event last March. Read More »

Platform allows Skopje women to report harassment

Platform allows Skopje women to report harassment

Sep 18, 2012
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React!, a recently launched online platform that allows Macedonian women to self-report incidents of gender-based harassment, is attracting new users and positive reviews, according to Global Voices. 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 »

Tajik activists blame telecoms for unlawful outages

Tajik activists blame telecoms for unlawful outages

Aug 31, 2012
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Mobile phone users in an autonomous region in Tajikistan are upset at their cell providers for cutting off their phone services without any explanation or apology for more than a month during a period of heightened political tension. Now a group is organizing a boycott this weekend via Facebook by switching off their phones, saying the outage was an unlawful violation of human rights, according to Asia-Plus. Read More »

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