Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Privacy, Hackers, Nation-state malware, Outsourcing, IoT, Technology in Eastern Europe, Romania
Women developers may be scarce in the US and western Europe, but Bulgaria and Romania have no such issues.
Low-financed startups could find a home in the eastern European country, where overheads and salaries are a quarter of those in San Francisco.
The region, first known as a computer virus factory, has since became one of the most advanced security hubs in the world, housing companies like Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and ESET. This is how it happened.
In the days of communism, many Romanian and Bulgarian children, who now are among the countries' leading technologists, learned to code on replicas of Apple II and ZX Spectrum machines.
Almost every Samsung Smart TV set sold in the past two years is vulnerable to hackers, according to independent Israeli security researcher Amihai Neiderman.
Nearly two-thirds of Romania's computers run at least one piece of illegal software – a sign of a technological heritage that means it now has the most technology workers per capita in Europe.
The 30-day battery life gadget stole the show at Baselworld and will soon hit the markets around the globe.
Although large companies are holding on, small and mid-sized tech businesses are struggling to cope with Greece's economic environment.
Ripples from Bulgaria's recent decision requiring all software written for the government to be open source could build into something bigger.