Euractiv: Russian-style hackers ruin Bulgarian post office

Euractiv: Russian-style hackers ruin Bulgarian post office. “A massive hacking attack, with Russian involvement that took place on 16 April completely disrupted the Bulgarian State Post Office, which still does not function properly, the government’s IT expert Vasil Velichkov has said. The state post office counts 2,973 post offices and 9,000 employees in over 2,300 localities. The payment of pensions, postal services and the distribution of the press are among their key functions.”

Associated Press: Anti-Vaccine Protesters Try to Storm Bulgarian Parliament

Associated Press: Anti-Vaccine Protesters Try to Storm Bulgarian Parliament. “Protesters opposing COVID-19 restrictions in Bulgaria clashed Wednesday with police as they tried to storm the Parliament in the capital of Sofia. A heavy police presence prevented protesters from entering the building and some were detained. Several people, including police officers, were injured during the clashes. Eventually, the protesters were pushed back and police cordoned off the building.”

Calvert Journal: How two sisters are rebuilding Bulgaria’s sunken villages online

Calvert Journal: How two sisters are rebuilding Bulgaria’s sunken villages online. “The Bulgarian village of Zhivovtsi technically no longer exists. When the communist government decided to build a reservoir in 1966, villagers destroyed their own homes to make way for the new body of water. The Ogosta reservoir flooded the empty plain where the settlement once stood…Izgubeni Pod Vodata (‘Lost Under the Water’) collects and shares personal histories, archival photos, and cultural works from these now submerged towns.”

Radio Bulgaria: Digital archive to store history of Bulgaria’s industrial heritage

Radio Bulgaria: Digital archive to store history of Bulgaria’s industrial heritage. “Factories, railway facilities, bridges, slaughterhouses, showing the history of rapid industrial development in the first decades of the 20th century, are often left to destruction these days or they ‘accidentally’ burn down. To preserve the story of these valuable architectural specimens, a team of historians has decided to develop a digital archive and a mobile application dedicated to the industrial heritage of Bulgaria.”

Visit Sofia (Bulgaria): Sofia Municipality is creating a digital archive of photos of old Sofia

Visit Sofia (Bulgaria): Sofia Municipality is creating a digital archive of photos of old Sofia. “All photos were taken in the period 1976 – 1977 and are part of a proposal for a declaration of architectural monuments of culture from the period 1878 – 1944 in Sofia known as the ‘Blue Book’ of the NIICH. Photos of buildings located on 15 streets and squares have been published, and other photos will be added in the coming weeks.”

The Verge: Twitter is treating Bulgarians tweeting in Cyrillic like Russian bots

The Verge: Twitter is treating Bulgarians tweeting in Cyrillic like Russian bots . “A week ago, Twitter announced it would become more aggressive in pursuing trolls on its service, a move which seems to have had some unforeseen consequences, judging by the present upheaval in the Bulgarian Twitter community. An increasingly large and unhappy number of people have had their Twitter accounts suspended and messages filtered out of conversations, apparently for the offense of merely tweeting in Cyrillic.”

Mashable: How one man created a fake Facebook celebrity and fooled an entire nation

Mashable: How one man created a fake Facebook celebrity and fooled an entire nation. “This is the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but in the world of social media and fake news. Have you met every single friend you have on Facebook in real life? We all know the basic rules about keeping photos and posts private and carefully vetting friend requests. But things can get complicated. And dangerous.”

In Development: Online Archive of Architecture in the Former Eastern Bloc

In development: an online archive to preserve the architecture of the former Eastern Bloc. “Described as Socialist Modernist, the buildings captured were all constructed after the second world war within the former Eastern Bloc – the group of Central and Eastern European states that were under Soviet influence – and neighbouring Yugoslavia.” The images in this article are absolutely stunning.

Bulgaria Passes Open Source Law

The government of Bulgaria is going open source. “Less than two years after my presentation titled ‘Open source for the government’, and almost exactly one year after I became advisor to the deputy prime minister of Bulgaria, with the efforts of my colleagues and the deputy prime minister, the amendments to the Electronic Governance Act were voted in parliament and are now in effect. The amendments require all software written for the government to be open-source and to be developed as such in a public repository.”