Reuters: France unveils disinformation campaign linked to 2024 Olympics – government report. “France’s cyber defence unit has unveiled a disinformation campaign emanating from Azerbaijan that aimed to undermine Paris’ capacity to hold next years Olympic Games, a report showed on Monday. According to the report seen by Reuters and other media, the campaign ran from late July on an account of an Azrbaijani individual on social media X, formerly Twitter, with links to the Azeri presidential party.”
Azernews: National Archive Department highlights Niyazi’s musical legacy. “National Archive Department has launched a virtual exhibition devoted to maestro Niyazi, Azernews reports. The exhibition includes documents from the private funds of the State Archive of Literature and Art. Maestro Niyazi’s musical talent was truly impressive. The maestro conducted the Azerbaijan State Symphony orchestra for 46 years.” At this writing the link in the story will give you a 404 error; remove the period at the end of the URL and you’re good. The site is in Azerbaijani and, unusually, Google Translate has a difficult time with it. You can use Google Lens to translate the photography captions without any problem.
Cornell Chronicle: Report shows near-total erasure of Armenian heritage sites. “A new report from the Cornell-led Caucasus Heritage Watch (CHW) has compiled decades of high-resolution satellite imagery to document the complete destruction of Armenian cultural heritage in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan beginning in the late 1990s. Moreover, the latest finding of CHW’s heritage monitoring project suggests that the same policy of cultural erasure now threatens Armenian monuments in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.”
BuzzFeed News: It Took Facebook More Than A Year — And A Whistleblower — To Remove A Troll Farm Connected To Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party. “Weeks after firing an internal whistleblower who called for Facebook to crack down on a massive network of fake activity connected to Azerbaijan’s ruling party, Facebook has removed more than 1,000 accounts and close to 8,000 pages.”
Azernews: New rock paintings discovered in Gobustan. “Since the discovery, being at the center of attention of researchers, Gobustan rock paintings are a very interesting part of Azerbaijan history. More than 4-5,000 animals, human pictures, scenes drawn on rocks by generations coming one after another for thousands of years are the creativity of an ancient art school. As many as 521 new paintings and 14 new pictorial stones were discovered in Jingirdag-Yazilitepe area in recent years. The initial stage of the project ‘The Creation of a Digital Database of Rock Paintings’ is coming to an end. “
Eurasianet: Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth. “Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately became a favorite among young Azerbaijanis. Bele Bele Ishler – roughly translated as ‘Stuff Like This’ – offers informative, lively social media videos on history and culture. In just six months, Bele Bele Ishler garnered 190,000 Facebook followers, a remarkable success by Azerbaijani standards.”
Azernews: Database of Azerbaijani artists created. “Database of the Azerbaijani painters and gallery … will be presented in Baku Museum Center on October 27…. The website will cover cultural events country in Azerbaijan and provides artists with information about gallery’s activities.”
Is Azerbaijan going to create its own search engine? “Research work on the creation of a national engine was earlier implemented within Dilmanc project. Developers of the project created a crawler (computer program that visits websites and collects information when users do an Internet search), while searching was implemented in Azerbaijani, Russian and Turkish languages.”
Hint: do not use the Internet to throw shade on the president of Azerbaijan. “Azerbaijan’s parliament has approved a new law which makes insulting the country’s president on social media a criminal offence. Online defamation was already a crime, but the new law makes specific provisions for the president. Offenders using fake accounts could face a 1,500 manats (£676; $855) fine and up to three years in jail for insults against Ilham Aliyev.”
The government of Azerbaijan is creating a database of goods produced in that country. “The Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communications is to provide creation of the internet portal in three languages (Azerbaijani, English and Russian), which will have data on Azerbaijan-produced goods and their manufacturers, within three months, create a search system on production activity on that portal (each good, manufacturer, legal address, contact, as well as group of manufacturers, production opportunities, partners and etc.)…”
Azerbaijan is creating a database of the country’s children. Hope the security’s good. “[Elgun Safarov] said the database will hold all information on children in Azerbaijan. ‘The database will feature information on 38 categories, including education, place of residence, and child support.'”
The government of Azerbaijan has has set up a central resource for pricing on agricultural products. The database has information on almost 450 kinds of fruits and vegetables.