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Putin Expels USAID; Organization Contributed to Russian NGO that Mapped Electoral Balloting Irregularities

BY Natalia Antonova | Friday, October 5 2012

Screenshot from the Golos election mapping site

The Russian government booted USAID out of the country following accusations that the well known aid agency had been "meddling in internal affairs," as Vladimir Putin put it. He was referring to Golos, a group that mapped balloting fraud in the Russian election. A Russian journalist provides the background and some valuable insight into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Read More

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Crowdsourcing Disaster Response Via Social Media and SMS

BY Lisa Goldman | Monday, August 27 2012

In two detailed and important blog posts, Patrick Meier explains how grassroots activists are using social media platforms and mobile phones to coordinate disaster relief, often when the government's response is inadequate. In many cases, Meier points out, the grassroots networks existed already, having been created as a means of coordinating political protest. Read More

In the Wake of Krymsk Floods, Social Media Powers Russian Relief Efforts

BY Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Many Russians, like civic activists in other parts of the world, are learning that being networked enables all kinds of new, bottom-up efforts. And, interestingly enough, the stories coming out of Russia now around the floods are strikingly reminiscent of other grassroots, network-based relief projects that we’ve seen take place after the Katrina hurricane, the Haiti earthquake, and the Joplin tornado last year. Read More

One Theory on How the Russian Government Will Censor Citizens Online

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 17 2012

In a strongly-worded analysis for Open Democracy, Russian security expert and investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov explains that the Russian government, wanting to prevent the type of online political activism that fired the Arab Spring, wants to take control of Russia's social networks — and how a bill freshly passed in the Russian legislature, the Duma, fits in. Read More

Malware Targets Anti-Putin Protestors

BY Raphael Majma | Tuesday, March 13 2012

Days after President Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidential election, Russian Internet users began receiving spam emails targeting anti-Putin protesters. Symantec first reported on the spam emails, which contained ... Read More

Ahead of Russian Elections, a Hope that Tech Will Keep Them Clean

BY Raphael Majma | Monday, February 27 2012

Polls are currently predicting that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will win the March 4 first round Presidential election by a comfortable margin, and some online activists are hoping that their election-monitoring projects — using apps, crowdsourcing and online training — will keep the election clean.

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Book Review: Consent of the Networked

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 3 2012

Book cover for Rebecca MacKinnon's "Consent of the Networked"

Last night, a crowd of more than one hundred gathered on the sixth floor of MIT's Media Lab to help Rebecca MacKinnon launch her new book, The Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom. The audience included net luminaries like Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, and Andrew Newman, the director of the Tor Project, and the discussion was at the same level. Herewith, my thoughts on her book salted by some observations from the event. Read More

The Internet, the Ballot Box and the Russian Presidency

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, December 6 2011

In Moscow today, protesters took to the streets for a second day of demonstrations over Russian elections on Sunday that were marred by widespread reports of fraud and attempts to suppress election monitoring — ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: The Pirate Party in the Berlin Parliament: Trolling the Government?

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, November 29 2011

Germany | The Pirate Party in the Berlin Parliament: Trolling the Government? Two months ago the Berlin chapter of the Pirate Party registered an amazing result by winning 15 seats in the Parliament of the State. The ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: A Network To Feed The Neigbourhood

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, October 28 2011

Greece | Boroume: A Network To Feed The Neigbourhood Greece, the European country that is suffering the most from the debt crisis, is dramatically facing a common Western country paradox: while millions of people are ... Read More