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Gregory Asmolov

I was born in Moscow, lived most of my life in Jerusalem, spent 3 years in Washington DC (where I did MA at GW). But now I live in London and my major role is doctoral student at PhD program in New media, Innovation and Literacy at the London School of Economics media department. The topic of my research is development of online political institutions and ICT based models of governance in crisis situations.

I also worked as a consultant on information technology, new media, and social media projects for The World Bank, American Councils for International Education, and Internews, and was a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Previously I worked as a journalist for major Russian daily newspapers Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV.

Alexey Sidorenko and I were founders of Help Map, the crowdsourcing platform, which was used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia in 2010 and won a Russian National Internet Award for best project in the “State and Society” category.

My Russian blog (since 2002): http://pustovek.livejournal.com/
You can reach me through Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asmolov

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Latest posts by Gregory Asmolov

The path to the square: The role of digital technologies in Belarus’ protests

Today, state violence against protests is becoming less effective in suppressing them. As the situation in Belarus shows, violence provides a new motivation for people to take to the streets.

Russia: 11 Areas of Election-Related ICT Innovation

Сrisis can be a fruitful time for innovation. In Russia, post-election protests have given birth to dozens of new web platforms and mobile applications. Gregory Asmolov summarises some of the...

Russia: Social Network In-Between Security Services and Free Market

As social networks in Russia like Vkontakte play an ever increasing role in communication between post-election protesters, so too grows the interest of the security services to limit them. This...

Russia: Kremlin Removes Re-Tweet From Presidential Account

Russia: Election and the “Other Side of the Panopticon”

The protests of recent days in Moscow were triggered by the common feeling of many Russians that the parliamentary election results are not legitimate. Gregory Asmolov analyzes the role of...

Russia: Massive DDoS Attacks Against Independent Websites on the Election Day

Russia: Detained Member of Parliament Uses Live Mobile Broadcasting

Russia: President's Visit to Journalism Department Under Attack of Social Media

Russia: Networked Volunteers Save Lives of Missing Children

In September 2010, 4-year-old Liza and her aunt went missing in the forest and were found dead. Liza's volunteer rescuers decided to establish a network called "Liza Alert" whose members...

Russia: the First Twitter Account Officially Registered as Media Outlet

Russia: Facebook Bots Massively Vote for Putin

Russia: Investigative Journalists Expose Security Services Monitoring Internet

Russia: Putin Gets Twitter Hashtag for His Birthday

Russia: A New Online Game Might Change Offline Moscow

Russia: Pro-Kremlin Youth Movement Leader Seeks New Internet ‘Activists’

Russia: Expert Analyzes RuNet's Role Under Putin's Presidency

Russia: New Legislation to Allow “Creative Commons” License

Russia: President is Critisized for New Open Data Initiative.

Russia: One Million Twitter Accounts in Russian

Russia: New Legislation Against Online Extremism

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