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· December, 2009

Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from December, 2009

22 December 2009

Russia: Livejournal Vs. Tor and New Battle for Anonymity

RuNet Echo

Livejournal.com preventing users from accessing its site via an anonymizer caused panic and anger among global online community. It also showed the importance of anonymizers and revealed vulnerability of online...

Poland: ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Sign Stolen from Auschwitz

Last Friday morning, the sign ‘Arbeit Macht Frei‘ ('Work Sets You Free') was stolen from the gate of former Nazi death camp in Auschwitz, near Krakow. The theft caused many...

20 December 2009

Russia: Popular Blogger Would Be Glad If Russian Authorities Restrict Internet

RuNet Echo

Popular Russian blogger and activist Roman Dobrokhotov talks to GVO about the Internet and online activism in the country.

Hungary: Bloggers Discuss the Corporate Use of Social Media

T-Mobile Hungary experiences an outage, a Vodafone Hungary's employee tweets about it, then gets fired. Marietta Le writes about the controversy and reviews the ongoing online discussion of the corporate...

19 December 2009

Russia: Yegor Gaidar, Russia's Economic Reformer, Dies at 53

RuNet Echo

Yegor Gaidar, a Russian economist and politician who initiated the 1992 "shock therapy" reforms, died in Moscow on Dec. 16 at the age of 53. Russian bloggers' responses serve as...

Russian Rock Star Talks About His Social Network

RuNet Echo

Ikra.tv is a pioneer of music social networks in Russia. It currently consists of about 6,500 members and offers various forms of communications for fans including blogs, forums and different...

Russia: A Third of Russians Use Internet

18 December 2009

Russia: “Anti-crisis” is Word of The Year

Video: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Videos and activists observed the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, and here are some videos related to their efforts in ensuring rights to Sex Workers.

16 December 2009

Belarus: New Plans For Internet Control

Russia: Two Stories of Space Blogging

RuNet Echo

Blogging from and about space gains popularity and recognition among professional space travelers and regular bloggers. Russia is no exception. While the latest fashion for NASA astronauts is space twittering...

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