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Turkmenistan: British complaint bores into murky world of spyware usage

Turkmenistan: British complaint bores into murky world of spyware usage

Aug 20, 2012
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Think Skype is a secure way to make a call? Think again. That smartphone in your pocket? It could be a portable bug. And the camera on your laptop screen? You might consider covering it with duct tape. Read More »

Montenegro hopes Foursquare will put local tourism on the map

Montenegro hopes Foursquare will put local tourism on the map

Aug 17, 2012
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A project in Montenegro is hoping to kickstart tourism in the country’s north using the location-based social networking app Foursquare to help visitors figure out where to go. Read More »

Central Asia & Caucasus: The Promise and Pitfalls of New Election Technologies

Central Asia & Caucasus: The Promise and Pitfalls of New Election Technologies

In announcing that Georgia’s parliamentary elections would take place October 1, President Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration affirmed its commitment to conduct what one official said would be an “exemplary” vote. New technologies are helping election monitors hold officials to such pledges, but they still have limitations, experts say. Read More »

Social Innovation Camp Moldova 2012 comes to a conclusion

Social Innovation Camp Moldova 2012 comes to a conclusion

Aug 7, 2012
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How to run an innovation event? Ask Moldovans. Read More »

Hungarian community news site takes on neglected fire hydrants

Hungarian community news site takes on neglected fire hydrants

Aug 2, 2012
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Dávid Fáber is the founder of nagykovácsi.net [hu], a community news site of Nagykovácsi, a small town in Hungary’s Pest County. The fire that broke out on March 28 on the local Kutya mountain mobilized not only the firefighters, but users of nagykovacsi.net’s forum as well. Below is the interview with Mr. Fáber, who started the Nagykovácsi Citizen Fire Hydrant Task Force. Read More »

Ramadan Time! Kyrgyzstan’s Muslims get fasting help via text message

Ramadan Time! Kyrgyzstan’s Muslims get fasting help via text message

In case anyone still doubts that a 1,400-year-old religion is compatible with a 21st-century social-networking tool, a new Twitter-based project in Kyrgyzstan should put those doubts to rest. Read More »

Bulgaria e-gov project to shine light on government spending

Bulgaria e-gov project to shine light on government spending

Jul 24, 2012
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Bulgaria will start publishing daily data on government spending in August as part of the country’s Open Government Initiative. The Ministry of Finance will post .xls spreadsheets with information on fund transfers to ministries, municipalities, universities, and other public organizations. Read More »

Russia investing millions in high-tech campus near Moscow

Russia investing millions in high-tech campus near Moscow

Jul 16, 2012
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Russia intends to diversify its economy away from dependence on the export of raw materials by funding its own version of Silicon Valley an hour outside of Moscow. While this project isn’t exactly new, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov announced earlier this week that state-owned companies will start transferring billions of rubles into an endowment fund for a flagship research institute at Skolkovo.

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Sheep to go hi-tech in Azerbaijan

Sheep to go hi-tech in Azerbaijan

Jul 13, 2012
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Azerbaijan is counting sheep; not to go to sleep, however. The South Caucasus country, known for its strong taste for lamb, is corralling its sheep and all other livestock into a national database, complete with personal profiles. Read More »

Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

Crime-fighting tool sparks legality issues

The number of people who are wiretapped in Serbia and the Southeast European region has increased over the years, mainly due to countries’ desire to fight organised crime and corruption. However, the crime-fighting tool is not always being implemented legally. Read More »

Do androids dream of Russian investors?

Do androids dream of Russian investors?

Jun 26, 2012
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The word “robot” was first created and popularized in the 1920s by the Czech brothers Karel and Josef Capek. The term is derived the Czech robotnik, “slave”, but the root “robot” is used in many Slavic languages to mean “work” or “labour”. Now, it seems, it’s a Russian who wants to make the word an everyday term by fuelling a robot revolution and developing robotics into a mass consumer product. Read More »

Tbilisi to get full, free wifi coverage

Tbilisi to get full, free wifi coverage

Jun 12, 2012
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Very soon, the capital of Georgia will be among the cities that have full wireless coverage.  This is expected to happen before the end of the year. Description: http://netprophet.tol.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif Read More »

Russian team uncovers Stuxnet on steroids

Russian team uncovers Stuxnet on steroids

Jun 3, 2012
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In 2009 a computer worm known today as Stuxnet began to tunnel through the networks of industrial programs around the world.

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Russian satellite shows a different shade of Earth

Russian satellite shows a different shade of Earth

May 16, 2012
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There are some beautiful images that’ve been making the rounds on the web this week that are worth taking a look at. They are shots of Earth from space taken by a Russian weather satellite. Read More »

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