Europe

New centre to support internet freedom in the Maghreb and Mashreq
New centre to support internet freedom in the Maghreb and Mashreq 14 August 2014 Alternatives

Photo taken in Tunis, the site of Alternatives’ regional training centre. Photo: Stephen DownesIn many countries of the world, monitoring email and internet activity, content filtering, cyber attacks against certain sites and the interruption of internet service are all techniques used to limit freedom of expression, manipulate information and suppress dissent. With support from the European Commission, Alternatives and its partners will implement a project to support the right to freed...

Media Fact-Checking Service boosts quality of journalism
Media Fact-Checking Service boosts quality of journalism 14 August 2014 Metamorphosis

The Service’s nexus is the trilingual (Macedonian, Albanian and English) website, in addition to its social media presence, which during the year gathered over 10,000 fans and followers. ScreenshotLimits on freedom of expression are an important factor in Macedonia’s backsliding from democracy. In order to enable the citizens of Macedonia to counter media manipulation and demand higher quality reporting, Metamorphosis runs the Media Fact-Checking Service. This USAID-supported project star...

Supporting independent journalism to strengthen free speech and democracy in Bulgaria
Supporting independent journalism to strengthen free speech and democracy in Bulgaria 08 August 2014 BlueLink

The BlueLink.net team builds their capacity in independent journalism. Photo: BlueLink.net.The decline of freedom of speech in Bulgaria is no surprise, with the country steadily receiving record low ratings within the EU from Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and other international watchdogs. The growing consolidation of media ownership by a handful of powerful businessmen with strong t...

Supporting ICT education in Romania
Supporting ICT education in Romania 08 August 2014 StrawberryNet

Young children in school in Romania. Photo: Flore de PréneufBeyond the “invisible work” of network support for the ngo.ro community, the StrawberryNet team has implemented an ICT education project for students aged eight to ten. The participatory visual research project “My Family and the Internet” was aimed at mapping children’s relation to technology and the med...

Have you noticed the latest changes on the portal zenskaposla.ba?
Have you noticed the latest changes on the portal zenskaposla.ba? 02 July 2014 OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe

As a part of our Take Back the Tech! campaign we launched a map, the one we have already talked about (mapirajnasilje.net), which aims to document the violence that is happening in the virtual world, through popular online platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), mobile phones, tablets and similar devices. Unfortunately, online violence is still largely invisible in our society, because ...

Civil society working to protect human rights online in Macedonia
Civil society working to protect human rights online in Macedonia 29 May 2014 Bardhyl Jashari

Over the past few years, Macedonia has seen a backslide in democracy and human rights, including the swift enactment of a repressive new Media and Defamations laws. In June 2013 Metamorphosis developed and submitted a stakeholder report for the Universal Periodic Review of the country on freedom of expression, freedom of information, privacy and hate speech, following a visit by the United Nati...

Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter
Turkey violates human rights by banning Twitter 21 March 2014

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) expresses concern over the Turkish government’s decision to block access to Twitter in the country on Thursday 20 March. According to the Guardian, Twitter could not be accessed in the country after its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, “threatened to ‘root out’ the social media network where wiretapped recordings hav...

Overview of 2013 Take Back the Tech! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Overview of 2013 Take Back the Tech! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 January 2014 OneWorld platform for Souteast Europe

OneWorld platform for Souteast Europe and feminist website ženskaposla.ba have once again this year, (proud to say – the sixth consecutive), joined forces in Take Back the Tech! campaign. All of the activities were focused on raising awareness on violence against women and information and communication technology, educating people on the matter by providing them with first hand real life...

Feminist Tech Exchange and the launch of Macedonian Platform for Mapping of Violence
Feminist Tech Exchange and the launch of Macedonian Platform for Mapping of Violence 19 December 2013 Dejan Georgievski for Owpsee

The Macedonian version of the mapirajnasilje.net platform for mapping of violence against women was launched on December 6, 2013 in Veles, under the auspices of the regional “Take Back the Tech” campaign, part of the global 16 Days of Activism Campaign. The launch took part under the auspices of the Feminist Tech Exchange – FTX that the Veles-based FOKUS Foundation, the Foundation...

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