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The Europe Roundup: Not only in crisis: making the most of crowdsourcing platforms

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 23 2011

Russia | Not only in crisis: making the most of crowdsourcing platforms In the summer of 2010, when fires spread across Russia, Internet activists got organized and created the Help Map, the first use of Ushahidi ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: A Privacy Code of Conduct

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, September 9 2011

Germany | A Privacy Code of Conduct German data protection advocates often take aim at Facebook: most recently the Facebook button “Like” has been made illegal by the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The state ... Read More

Russian Region Looking to Erase Nuclear Past With Google Juice

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 27 2011

American politicians and political operatives might go so far as to try and edit their Wikipedia pages, but Russian authorities now have them one-upped when it comes to Internet whitewashing: Authorities in the ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: When Citizens "CleaNap" to Solve a Waste Crisis

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, July 25 2011

Italy | When Citizens "CleaNap" to Solve a Waste Crisis Since the mid-1990s, the city of Naples, one of the biggest and most beautiful in the south of Italy,  has suffered from the dumping of solid waste into ... Read More

Russian Writer's 'Bloggers Against Garbage' Initiative Picks Up Steam

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

France 24 International News carries this item from late last week about "Bloggers Against Garbage," an initiative founded by Sergey Dolya that seeks to use the power of social networks to mobilize clean-ups in parks and ... Read More

From Tracking Fires to Fixing Potholes, a Roundup of Open Data Projects in Russia

BY Becky Kazansky | Friday, July 8 2011

After our post on the open data contest Apps4Russia late last month, we received an email from Gov 2.0 proponent Alena Popova, the chief executive officer of Gov2Project.ru, an incubator that invests in and consults with ... Read More

Medvedev Thanks Angry Birds Maker for Distracting His Employees

BY Becky Kazansky | Friday, June 17 2011

While at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg today, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offered words of encouragement to the video game industry: "Before talking politics, I would like to thank Mr. [Peter] ... Read More

Attacks on Russian Blogosphere Quash 'Online Parliament' Initiative

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 8 2011

Also subjected to DDoS attacks on the Internet infrastructure supporting political dissent in Russia: Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper that the BBC describes as "often critical of official policies:" A spokesperson for Novaya ... Read More

Russian Blogosphere Under Attack

BY Nick Judd | Friday, April 8 2011

LiveJournal, which is core infrastructure for Russia's political blogosphere, has been under distributed denial of service attack this week, according to The Moscow Times and others. (UPDATE: You can also check out ... Read More

Russian-Style Digital Transparency

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 1 2011

Alexey Navalny, a tech-savvy Russian anti-corruption activist, is profiled by Julia Ioffe in the New Yorker: Tall and blond, Navalny, who is thirty-four years old, cuts a striking figure, and in the past three years he ... Read More