Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond
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Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

This article first appeared on TOL’s blog Net Prophet   Wiretapping and retention of users’ data by government agencies has increased across Europe in the last years. The trend has been thoroughly analyzed in a report by the European Commission. In the report on Data Retention Directive, the statistics from certain former communist countries particularly stand … Continue reading

Kazakh Wikipedia awarded for its impressive development
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Kazakh Wikipedia awarded for its impressive development

This article was published on TOL’s blog Net Prophet: Kazakh Wikipedia has received an award at the annual Wikimania conference, which was held this year in Washington DC. The conference recognized Kazakhstan’s success in the development and improvement of its national division of Wikipedia, the biggest online encyclopedia, writes Caspionet.kz. The Kazakh Wikipedia project, already voted … Continue reading

Do androids dream of Russian investors – and other stories
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Do androids dream of Russian investors – and other stories

new items published on TOL‘s blog Net Prophet June 26th Do androids dream of Russian investors? The word “robot” was first created and popularized in the 1920s by the Czech brothers Karel and Josef Capek. The term is derived the Czechrobotnik, “slave”, but the root “robot” is used in many Slavic languages to mean “work” … Continue reading

ATB, July 11th: ID cards not demonic, Georgian church assures believers
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ATB, July 11th: ID cards not demonic, Georgian church assures believers

The Georgian Orthodox Church’s main governing body has reassured its members that there is no spiritual danger in using new electronic identity cards. The cards “do not represent the mark of the Antichrist,” the Holy Synod announced 5 July, according to AFP. The electronic IDs, introduced in August, allow secure access to online state services and … Continue reading

ATB, July 10th: Russian Wikipedia protests ‘online censorship’ plans
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ATB, July 10th: Russian Wikipedia protests ‘online censorship’ plans

Wikipedia’s Russian language site went offline 10 July in a 24-hour protest against anInternet bill being considered this week by the Russian parliament. The draft amendments to an information law call for a nationwide registry of websites containing child pornography or promoting substance abuse and suicide. The bill is supported by all four parliamentary parties but activists and Internet providers … Continue reading

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Netprophet: Bulgaria sets finish line for e-gov project

Bulgaria’s largest e-government project, which will enable the sharing of electronic data between more than 30 public registers, should be finalized by May 2013, according to Novinite. The electronic exchange will help reduce the time, money,and effort spent in handling documents. Ivaylo Moscovski, the country’s transport and communication minister said he expected the financial benefits of connecting … Continue reading