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· April, 2014

Stories about Economics & Business from April, 2014

30 April 2014

The Kremlin’s Internet Annexation

RuNet Echo

For some reason, lawmakers in Russia today continue to add new powers to the state’s censorship utility-belt, as though the current panoply of Internet controls weren’t enough.

27 April 2014

So You Need to Get Around Madagascar?

Public transportation can be a challenge in Madagascar. The country's road infrastructure is antiquated and underdeveloped and overcrowded buses and minivans are often the only option.

Former Malaysian PM Blames Boeing for MH370 Disaster

23 April 2014

Pure Grenada

A Peek at Hong Kong's Collaborative Sharing Economy

Different initiatives in Hong Kong connect people with others to help fix household items, give away unwanted goods and borrow a book.

21 April 2014

Grenada, Antigua: Life Lessons

So Long, Mr. Durov, and Thanks for All the Fish

RuNet Echo

After more than a year of rumors, the stockholders of Russia’s largest online social network, Vkontakte, have finally fired founder and CEO Pavel Durov.

French Economist Piketty Links Inequality to Instability of Democracies

East Timorese Protect Land Rights Against Australian Cement Plant Deal

VIDEO: Judging Boyfriends by Their Housing in Hong Kong

In this funny video, the mother in a viral video reacts differently to her daughter's boyfriend depending on where he says he lives.

19 April 2014

Turning Faecal Waste Into Business Opportunities

Clean Team Ghana organised a Twitter chat using the hashtag #WasteOpportunities to discuss the business potential of faecal waste.

Cameroonian Bloggers ‘Are the Future, and We Are Writing That Future Now’

An interview with Florian Ngimbis, president of the Cameroonian Bloggers Association, about language, the country's poor Internet penetration and more.

Bad News & Worse News for Russian Internet Users

RuNet Echo

A Russian initiative to expand regulation over bloggers is still just a bill in the legislature, but it’s already harming the country's Internet freedom.

18 April 2014

Censorship by Litigation in Russia?

RuNet Echo

Earlier this month, VKontakte minority shareholder United Capital Partners (UCP), filed a complaint against Durov for breach of VKontakte fiduciary duty for creating the secure messenger Telegram.

In Bangladesh, Cycling to Break Free of Dhaka's Notorious Traffic

Dhaka is one of the most unlivable cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and its extreme traffic congestion contributes a lot to this fame.