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North Macedonia: Abuse of personal data of mobile phone subscribers in marketing campaigns

The holidays always represent an opportunity for sales companies to conduct various marketing campaigns for their products. So, they will often call "by random choice" potential customers to offer vouchers and attractive discounts. But it isn't clear how they manage to find the subscribers'...

Stojanovski for Lokalno: Political and Media Circles Have Been Accustoming Macedonians for Years That Hate Speech Is Something “Normal”

Since the Russian-Ukrainian crisis started, a propaganda war started on social media in our country, full of hate speech and “cheering” for one of the warring parties. Certain political and media circles have for years been accustoming the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia...

Artificial intelligence has already arrived, we only need to know how to reap the benefits

We should not be afraid that artificial intelligence (AI) could completely replace man, because it can only be a tool that will make some things easier. Just as we all now use a computer and it helps us, so AI can be a tool...

Debate on digitization: There is a basis for fully electronic services, but much remains to be done

For fully digital services for the citizens, it is necessary to provide the proper technical and personnel solutions, to adopt additional legal changes and bylaws, and although now the basis for digitalization is laid, much remains to be done for its successful completion and...

Much more ought to be done in practice to spread truth – instead of just reacting to disinformation!

Facing the data from numerous public opinion polls and analyses which indicate that the public opinion is shifting away from the mainstream media toward the Internet, mostly to the social networks, and that more and more people are influenced by the social networks and...

Online conference on disinformation “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens” will be held on 28 June 2021

Metamorphosis Foundation and Eurothink are pleased to announce that the conference on disinformation, titled  “Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens” will be held on 28 June 2021 (Monday). The event will be held online, on the “ZOOM” platform, and simultaneous translation in Macedonian, Albanian and English...

The POINT Conference starts with a discussion about the elections in the Balkans during the pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the leading regional annual conference about political responsibility and new technologies - POINT is returning with a new, online format: POINT Talks. Today, the 5th of February 2021,, starting at 15h, the first of series of events will take...

Epidemy of Lies in the Balkans – online panel discussion organized by Istinomer on December 14

On the occasion of its 11th birthday, the first fact-checking media outlet in the Balkans region Istinomer will organize the online panel discussion “Epidemy of Lies on the Balkans” which will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 16:00 CET on Zoom. Istinomer, based...

E-Society.mk: It takes digital “maturity” to bring digital transformation of the society

The 16th edition of the international conference "E-Society.mk" with the subject of "Inclusion and Effectiveness - Good Governance and Internet" has started today and for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is completely organized online. The event is organized by Metamorphosis...

Facebook to include Holocaust denial in its definition of banned hate speech

Facebook is changing its internal rules by including Holocaust denial in its definition of hate speech, after suffering criticism for not doing enough to tackle this form of toxic disinformation. Monika Bickert, VP of Content Policy published a blog post on October 12 announcing that...

SEE Digital Rights Network Established

Nineteen organisations from Southeast Europe have joined forces in a newly-established network that aims to advance the protection of digital rights and address the growing challenges posed by the widespread use of advanced technologies in society. Initiated by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - BIRN, and SHARE Foundation,...

Osnovana mreža za digitalna prava u Jugoistočnoj Evropi

Devetnaest organizacija iz jugoistočne Evrope udružilo je snage u novoosnovanu mrežu koja ima za cilj da unapredi zaštitu digitalnih prava i reši sve veće izazove koje donosi široka upotreba naprednih tehnologija u društvu. Pokrenuta od strane Balkanske istraživačke mreže - BIRN i SHARE Fondacije, Mreža...

‘Thousands of cameras’ – documentary exposes the dangers of mass biometric surveillance in Serbia

A civic initiative, #hiljadekamera , composed of concerned citizens, experts and digital rights organisations, has been vocal about the deterioration of privacy in Serbia resulting form massive introduction of video surveillance system with advanced face recognition in the capital Belgrade. Government of Serbia in cooperation...

Civic organizations condemn the hate speech while the authorities turn a blind eye on its proliferation

The hate speech phenomenon is once again the focus of the general public in North Macedonia and its use increased with the start of the coronavirus pandemic, writes Portalb.mk. With the increase of the number of people infected with COVID-19, the propaganda machinery, which...

Macedonian Helsinki Committee filed charges against academician Kulavkova regarding the hate speech tweet

The Macedonian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights today filed a denunciation against academic Katica Kulavkova for her statement on social networks, which incites intolerance among ethnic communities, as previously reported by Meta.mk. According to this leading human rights protection organization in the Republic of North...

Cryptocurrency Scammers flood European Facebook users with geo-targeted ads for fake Forbes.com articles

Scammers using fake Forbes articles and anti-EU disinformation as bait continue to target Facebook users across Europe, Metamorphosis Foundation warned in a statement issued in Skopje on May 28. Metamorphosis is a civil society organization from North Macedonia promoting digital rights and media literacy. Its...

Online e-Governance Conference kicks off from Estonia, summarizing European experiences

Under the motto "Giant leaps start with small steps," the e-Governance Conference started today, replacing the customary physical location in Estonian capital Tallinn with the virtual space. The conference is  organized by the e-Governance Academy, the pre-eminent  Estonian organization working in the field of digital...

Minister of Information Society and Administration, Manchevski informs that the electronic portal has 9000 registered users and every day they are using 128 services

After just two months after the portal for electronic services uslugi.gov.mk was put into use, there are almost 9000 registered users and every day they are using 128 electronic services, said the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Manchevski at today's press conference...

Metamorphosis Foundation takes part in cybersecurity training for pupils, teaching personnel, and parents

The Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Ministry of Education and Science, OSCE Mission in Skopje and Metamorphosis Foundation have organized a One Day training for Cybersecurity for pupils, teaching personnel, and parents. The goal of the training is to raise the awareness...

Asja Metodieva: Zapadni Balkan pati od slabih medijskih sistema i nedostatka transparentnosti

Asja Metodieva radi na svom doktoratu na Centralnoevropskom univerzitetu (CEU), Budimpešta, istražujući radikalne pokrete, sa fokusom na regrutovanju stranih boraca. Njen rad “Russian Narrative Proxies in the Western Balkans”, koji je nedavno objavio Nemački Maršalov fond (German Marshal Fund -GMF), istražuje rast anti-zapadnih/proruskih narativa...