Stories about Eastern & Central Europe

7 March 2019

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, thousands protest proposed EU regulation on internet upload filters

Protesters rallied against the proposed "upload filters" in EU Copyright Directive, as part of a movement spanning the continent.

4 March 2019

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

27 February 2019

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

22 February 2019

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

11 February 2019

Bulgaria's parliament and an educational institute named top privacy violators in ‘Big Brother Awards’

The Bulgarian edition of the Big Brother Awards is back as a means of shaming the worst violators of citizens’ privacy.

6 February 2019

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

26 January 2019

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

17 December 2018

Anti-violence protests continue in Belgrade, after journalist survives assassination attempt

Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.

15 December 2018

Russian reporter who faked his own murder named a ‘person of the year’ by TIME magazine

TIME ignored the murder of three journalists while including a staged one. Why couldn’t both be included?