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Stories about Slovakia

4 January 2012

Slovakia: Medical Doctors’ Protest

One of the most important Slovak events of 2011 was the protest of over 2,000 medical doctors employed by state hospitals; 1,200 of them (from the total of 6,500) cancelled...

14 December 2011

Slovakia: The Most Expensive Apple Computers

University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA) has recently signed a contract to acquire electronics and software for its Faculty of National Economy for a total price of over 1.8 million...

2 December 2011

Slovakia: Visualising Business Registry Data with Vorsr.sk

Technology for Transparency Network

Vorsr.sk is a tool for visual exploration of Slovakia's business registry. It treats the information as one big social network, grabbing the newest data live and delivering up-to-date connections of...

11 November 2011

Slovakia: Checking Politicians’ Facts With Demagog.sk

Technology for Transparency Network

Demagog.sk is a Slovakian web project that aims to analyze politicians' claims based on facts and ensure they are correct and used in the right context.

7 October 2011

Slovakia: New Draft Law Threatens Internet Freedom

The Slovak Ministry of Finance has published a draft law that would allow blocking web servers that provide online gambling without a Slovak license. Tibor Blazko reviews netizens' reactions.

26 July 2011

Slovakia: Big Money in the Tube

A few weeks ago, the Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights society (SOZA) - the country's music copyright organization - started billing web servers, typically for young music fans, which were...

22 June 2011

Slovakia, Poland: (Mis)Understanding the Euro Experience

According to a recent poll, the majority of Poles are against joining the Eurozone. One of the reasons may be their (mis)understanding of the Slovak experience.

5 June 2011

Slovakia: The People Vs. the Census

Tibor Blazko writes about problems with Slovakia's 2011 Population and Housing Census, which took place in Slovakia on May 21, 2011. Issues include people's unwillingness to fill out complex forms...

22 May 2011

Technology for Transparency: Final Report

Technology for Transparency Network

The Technology for Transparency Network is proud to announce the release of its final report, "Global mapping of technology for transparency and accountability". The report is being published by the...

11 May 2011

Slovakia: Second-Class Customers

Even though customers might expect products from the same brand to be of the same quality worldwide, regional differences in quality and price do exist, depending on whether the products...

2 April 2011

Slovakia: The Roma People, “Livin’ On the Edge”

Tibor Blazko writes about the problems that Slovakia's Roma people are facing and translates some of the Slovak netizens' reactions to the news that an international NGO is planning to...

11 February 2011

Slovakia: Deaflympics 2011 Controversy

Slovakia may fail to hold a successful Deaflympics this month, due to problems with funding and unfinished facilities, which were known to exist as far back as last spring -...

21 January 2011

Haiti: Aid From Slovakia Blocked by Customs for Ten Months

A container with the second shipment of humanitarian aid from Slovakia has been blocked by the customs in Haiti for nearly ten months. Tibor Blazko translates some of the Slovak...

16 November 2010

Slovakia: Netizens Discuss Chinese Highway Construction Offer

The Slovak minister of transport is reluctant to let the Chinese companies, which offer extremely low prices, enter Slovakia's highway construction market. Tibor Blazko reviews the Slovak netizens' reactions.

15 September 2010

Slovakia: No Money for Greece

Slovakia's refusal to take part in the Greek bailout has "outraged" the European Central Bank. Tibor Blazko translates some of what the Slovak netizens think about the issue.

5 August 2010

Slovakia: Charging for Online News, Cable TV Style?

Tibor Blazko writes about plans to introduce shared internet payment system for Slovak websites and translates some of the reactions by netizens.

20 July 2010

Slovakia: Hungarian School Trips

Tibor Blazko compiles Slovak netizens' reactions to a new Hungarian law that would bring Hungarian schoolchildren to parts of the neighboring countries that in the past belonged to Hungary.

30 May 2010

Slovakia: The Fight for Nationalistic Voters

Tibor Blazko writes about the growing nationalistic sentiments driven by some Slovak and Hungarian politicians and translates a related satirical video.

1 May 2010

Transparency Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

Technology for Transparency Network

There are a number of innovative projects in Central and Eastern Europe that use technology to promote transparency and hold leaders accountable, but a lack of political will has resisted...

5 March 2010

Slovakia: Unwanted Patriotism

Slovak netizens react to a draft bill by the Slovak National Party (SNS), which will introduce "obligatory patriotism" in Slovakia beginning April 1.

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