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14 January 2016

Triangulating Sources to Thin the Fog of War

RuNet Echo

Even with the flood of information created and made accessible by the Internet, the fog of war is still thick. But it's not impenetrable.

Ukrainian Separatists Block 100+ News Websites in ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’

RuNet Echo

News websites in the self-proclaimed "Lugansk People's Republic" are being censored as separatist authorities seek to minimize the "destabilizing" influence of the Ukrainian media.

13 January 2016

How Sharing Porn Became a Felony in Russia

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.

11 January 2016

Who Protects the Rights of Russian Internet Users? Not These Guys.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia's Internet ombudsman and Putin's new Internet advisor believe they have no business defending the rights of Internet users in Russia.

10 January 2016

‘Russian Ebola': Civic Project Tracks Russians’ Deaths in Police Custody

RuNet Echo

Almost every day, Russians die in police custody, often under mysterious circumstances. An online project called "Russian Ebola" is recording each death to raise awareness of the human rights issue.

8 January 2016

Russian Hackers Behind Attack on Ukraine's Power Grid, Researchers Claim

RuNet Echo

US cybersecurity experts claim the December cyber-attack that led to a temporary outage of the power grid in western Ukraine is the work of Russian hacker collective the Sandworm Team.

3 January 2016

Turkish Hackers Claim Credit for Hijacking Top Russian Official's Instagram

RuNet Echo

Hackers identifying themselves as Turkish took control of the Russian communications minister's Instagram account earlier today, posting a dozen images depicting Turkish patriotism and falling aircraft.

2 January 2016

‘The Dress’ Is Back, But This Time It's A Debate About Censorship on Russian TV

RuNet Echo

The new viral meme in question is the 1969 Soviet comedy classic The Diamond Arm. Did Russian TV delete a halo to spare Christians' hurt feelings?

1 January 2016

Politician Invites TV Cameras to Film Him Buying a Russian Car. They Also Filmed His Watch, Which Is Worth More Than the Car.

RuNet Echo

When Vitaly Milonov brought along a TV crew to film him buying a Russian-made car, he probably didn’t expect his wristwatch to be the story. But that's precisely what happened

31 December 2015

What to Expect From Russia's State Censor in 2016

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The head of Russia's state censor discusses the normalcy of media restrictions, the efficacy of blocking online resources, tackling messenger apps, and much more to come in 2016.

30 December 2015

Russian Blogger Gets Five-Year Prison Term for ‘Inciting Hate’ Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Vadim Tyumentsev, a Russian blogger from Tomsk, has been charged with hate speech and calls to extremism online and has received a five-year sentence for videos on YouTube and VKontakte.

29 December 2015

How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982

RuNet Echo

This is the story of a Soviet scientist who, in 1982, accidentally found himself among the first citizens of the USSR who were able to connect to the Internet.

28 December 2015

The 7 Most-Read Stories of 2015 on Global Voices

The following seven stories received the most attention from audiences and also received hundreds of shares, likes and comments on social media and our site.

2015 End-of-Year Quiz: Test Your Russian Internet News Knowledge

RuNet Echo

Think you're a Russian Internet guru? Take our 2015 news quiz to see how closely you've been following the RuNet Echo stories during the past year.

25 December 2015

Russian Censors Launch Automatic Online Media Monitoring System to Spot ‘Extremist’ Content

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor initially had ambitious plans to monitor all of the Russian Internet for extremist materials, but didn't have enough funding, so decided to focus on online media outlets.

23 December 2015

Russia's Citizen Journalists: Mercenary Mudslingers or Intrepid Investigators?

RuNet Echo

Since three bloggers were arrested in Samara, their story of muckraking and blackmail has come to threaten the future of investigative blogging, as well as Governor Nikolai Merkushkin's tenure.

This Year on GV Face We Took You to Gaza, Budapest, Beirut, Paris and Beyond

GV Face

This has been a fascinating year on GV Face, our Hangout series where we try to understand the world through discussions with our on-ground experts -- Global Voices community members.

The Bridge From Russia to Crimea Doesn't Exist Yet, But It Already Has an Instagram Account

RuNet Echo

Cats can help improve your bridge construction project's social media strategy, especially if you need to draw attention away from how slow and expensive your project is.

22 December 2015

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

RuNet Echo

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

Massive LiveJournal Troll Network Pushes Pro-Kremlin Narratives

RuNet Echo

An in-depth analysis of Twitter bots' metadata reveals connections to Russian "troll factories" and a vast network of pro-Kremlin LiveJournal blogs populating RuNet with propagandistic content.

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