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Stories from RuNet Echo from March, 2015

30 March 2015

Russian Journalists, You're Now Being Ranked in Real Time

A new online service launched that ranks Russian-language journalists according to the amount of social-media traffic their articles generate.

27 March 2015

Russian Girls Show Conservative Beauty Contest Just How ‘Modest’ They Can Be

Almost immediately after the contest was announced, VKontakte users began criticizing the Parliamentary League’s decision to make modesty and headscarves the focus of its contest.

26 March 2015

Belarus Tightens Grip on Internet With New Data Retention Decree

Global Voices Advocacy

The new data retention demands are just the latest in a string of restrictive Internet measures employed by Belarus in the wake of the next presidential election.

25 March 2015

Russian Social Media Users Write 30 Million Daily Posts

For all the people registered on these websites, only 5 percent of users actually create original content. (The vast majority of Web activity is reposting someone else's material.)

24 March 2015

American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

Ironically, Swanson and his blog actually support pro-Russian views, which seems to have made the incident doubly disappointing in his eyes.

23 March 2015

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

Global Voices Advocacy

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

20 March 2015

8-Year-Old Ukrainian Girl Is War's Latest Victim

A Ukrainian armored vehicle ran onto a sidewalk on Monday, killing a eight-year-old girl in a terrible tragedy that led to rioting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Konstantinovka.

19 March 2015

Outing the Russian Military in Eastern Ukraine

A number of citizen data verification initiatives, both Ukrainian and Russian, specifically focus on tracking down information about the origins and fates of individuals fighting in Donbas.

17 March 2015

TJournal's Vadim Elistratov Reviews Russia's ‘Homeland’ Adaptation

TJ’s Vadim Elistratov explains why it’s hard to dismiss the Russian adaptation as a failure, though its creators are clearly afraid of deviating too much from the American show.

16 March 2015

Government Takedown Requests from Russia Double, Facebook Reports

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook restricted access to 55 pieces of content in Russia since July 2014, based on requests from Russian authorities, compared to 29 fulfilled during the first half of 2014.

14 March 2015

Inside the Kremlin Troll Army Machine: Templates, Guidelines, and Paid Posts

A new cache of documents on the inside operations of the Kremlin's troll army provides a list of LiveJournal accounts operated by employees and talking points provided to the commenters.

13 March 2015

Ukrainian Journalist Detained, Questioned by Russian Security Services in Crimea

Crimean FSB officials detained and questioned a journalist from Simferopol's Center for Investigative Journalism in connection with a criminal investigation on "public calls to separatism."

12 March 2015

Who Killed Nemtsov? Chechen Cops or Kremlin Cops?

The charging of Chechens with Nemtsov's murder and comments by Ramzan Kadyrov on Instagram revived speculation that Nemtsov was killed for supporting Charlie Hebdo. But the Russian Internet remains unconvinced.

Access to Grani.Ru and Other Censored News Websites Restored by Digital Activists

As part of Operation Collateral Freedom, activists used the technique known as mirroring to duplicate the nine censored sites and place their copies on the servers of large Internet companies

10 March 2015

Russian Imperialism's Internet Triumph

Packed full of twirling, burning, zooming images, the video is an uncompromising defense of Russian imperialism, and boasts impressive production value, as well as subtitles in ten languages.

Russian Journalist Crowdfunding New Media Project on Kickstarter

Roscomnadzor Threatens Complete Block of RuNet Encyclopedia

Global Voices Advocacy

Russian telecom watchdog Roscomnadzor wants to block pages about "drugs and child porn" on RuNet culture encyclopedia Lurkmore.ru, but will instead block the entire website, because it uses https encryption.

9 March 2015

Mapping Geolocated Tweets About Putin and Poroshenko

North America, Western Europe, and parts of Eastern Europe have the largest share of geolocated content in our dataset of tweets about the presidents of Russia and Ukraine.

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