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Stories about Ukraine

5 February 2016

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

1 February 2016

Russian Social Network VK Claims to Protect Users From Warrantless Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

VKontakte's Ukrainian spokesperson says the social network abhors censorship and only shares user data with secret services when presented with court orders. The website's turbulent history paints a different picture.

30 January 2016

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

RuNet Echo

A new bill in the Ukrainian parliament wants to replace the common pre-court notice and takedown procedure for copyright violations online with a faster blocking mechanism bypassing the courts.

19 January 2016

Ukraine Plans Cyber Security Review After ‘Russian’ Attack on Key Airport

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian Ministry of Defense spokesman said the recent cyber attack on Boryspil airport in Kyiv had originated from servers in Russia.

Russian Blogger Shipilov Granted Political Asylum in Ukraine

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Dmitry Shipilov, a Russian journalist and blogger sentenced to community service for insulting the governor of Kemerovo region on his blog, has been granted political asylum in Ukraine.

15 January 2016

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

RuNet Echo

Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.

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.

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.

23 December 2015

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.

14 December 2015

Activists Take to the Top of Lviv City Hall to Highlight Human Rights in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian civic activists climbed to the very top of Lviv City Hall to read aloud the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and raise awareness of International Human Rights Day.

8 December 2015

Spot All the New Urban Murals in Kyiv With This Handy Interactive Map

RuNet Echo

Hunting down new street art and murals in Ukraine's capital has just gotten easier, with a new interactive map listing most of the locations of recent artworks.

7 December 2015

Herein Lie the Secrets of Geolocation

RuNet Echo

This guide will provide instruction on using satellite images, with a focus on historical imagery, and available street-level imagery accessible for Russian and Ukrainian cities.

5 December 2015

On Volunteer Day, Ukrainians Honor Grassroots Efforts with a Social Media Campaign

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians marked International Volunteer Day with an online campaign thanking volunteers for their work during the crisis in the country.

4 December 2015

Natalia Antonova: Journalist and Playwright Caught Between Russia, Ukraine, and the West

RuNet Echo

Global Voices speaks to journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova about the complexities of working with mixed identity and politics in Russia and Ukraine.

24 November 2015

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

RuNet Echo

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

20 November 2015

Ukrainian Men's Travel Ban News Debunked as Fake by Military

RuNet Echo

"Santa Claus will not be paying a visit to those who spread rumors and unverified information."

13 November 2015

Unearthing Local Stories on the Russian-Language Internet

RuNet Echo

While a lot of open-source research on the RuNet is possible thanks to broad Internet searches, sometimes it’s best to drill down to the narrowest sources available.

10 November 2015

New Platform Provides Grassroots Organizing Opportunities for Ukraine's Urbanites

RuNet Echo

The online platform called "Zhyteli" (Dwellers) is aimed at arming urbanites with the tools to communicate with their neighbors more effectively about anything from utilities prices to major renovations.

29 October 2015

Ukrainian Official Dismissed for Using Russian Email Service for Official Correspondence

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukrainian authorities believe that using Russian email services could potentially "jeopardize the country's information security" in view of the ongoing information war between Ukraine and Russia.

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