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Gregory Asmolov · March, 2010

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.

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Latest posts by Gregory Asmolov from March, 2010

Russia: Witness Shares Her Account of Bombings in Moscow Metro

Russia: Role of Social Media in Coverage of Recent Metro Bombings in Moscow

Russia: Wikipedia Used to Cover Recent Metro Bombings

Is Russia an Enemy of Internet?

The degree of freedom on the Russian Internet is an issue for debates. Some put Russia on the same list of "Internet enemies" with China and Iran. Others strongly oppose...

New requirements for Russian E-Gov Sites.

Russia to Investigate Closure of iFolder

Russia: Blog Report from Penal Colony

Russia: TV Star Calls For Young Talents Online Project

A famous TV host published a blog post where she called for creating an online initiative that would support young talents from remote regions of the country.

Russia: Regions Encouraged to Use E-Government Services

Russia to Launch Social Network for Public Officials

Russia: Most of Media Practice “Copy-Pasting”

Russia: Authorities to Eliminate “Digital Divide” in 2010

High Internet access prices in remote regions of Russia significantly slow the process of broadening Internet availability in the country. But it seems that Russian authorities are determined to fight...

Russia: More People Use Twitter

Russia: Every Third Family Has Internet Access

Russia: “Merry Gnome” Medvedev. Story of the Meme

The Russian blogosphere can create a significant political effect threatening the image of Russian government officials. It doesn't even require an actual news story with a critical approach to the...

Many Russians Ready to Pay for Content Online

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