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
Latest posts by Gregory Asmolov from March, 2010
LJ user Karpusha was at Park Kultury metro station at the moment of explosion. She wrote on her blog about what she had seen, the lack of information after the first explosion, the shock and her attempts to help an injured woman.
Paul Globe writes on his blog “Window on Eurasia” about increasing role of the Internet and social media in the coverage of the recent terrorist attacks in Moscow.
A popular Russian blogger Anton Nosik asks bloggers to contribute their content to the chapter of Wikipedia about terror attacks in Moscow metro.
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 this kind of generalization and claim that Russian Internet is the most liberal and unrestricted public sphere in the country.
The Russian Ministry for Economical Development published a list of requirements for governmental Web sites that provide online services, reports lenta.ru. All the documents on the sites should be accessed without any pre-registration and additional software requirements and content on the sites should be reached with no more than 5...
Russian Minister of Interior Rashid Nurgaliev gave an order to check if the action of police against a popular Russian hosting ifolder.ru was legal. According to Lenta.ru, the order was given following request by president Medvedev.
Photojournalist Maks Avdeev (LJ user Avdeev) published photos from a penal colony in Arkhangelsk region. More pictures can be found on his Flickr account.
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.
Russian Ministry of Telecommunication will encourage regions to provide services via e-government portals. Director of Department for Informational Policy Artem Ermolaev announced that his ministry would start an intensive program for local administration that would be completed in two months.
Russia will launch a social network for governmental officials involved in implementation of e-government program. The Minister of Telecommunication Igor Schegolev explained that the network would foster communication between the federal government and regions.
Russian magazine Kommersant Money published an analytical investigation on plagiarism in online media. It suggests that the majority of media content in Russia is based on “copy-pasting” practice usually done by special software that substitutes original words with synonyms to pass the product as a different article.
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 the digital divide and get more people online by the end of 2010.
The number of Twitter users in Russia multiplied 26 times in one year. There are currently 183.000 Russians using Twitter. The recent statistics were published by the Russian Internet company “Yandex.” According to the data, 60% of users use the microblogging service on a daily basis and leave 150,000 tweets...
Every third Russian family has an access to the Internet, a new Russian telecommunication market research by Gfk showed. According to Lenta.ru, Moscow has the biggest Internet penetration rate of 52 percent, while the Russian Far East region has the lowest penetration rate of 21 percent.
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 government.
A new research by Nielsen shows that almost a half of Russian internet users are ready to pay for online content. The surprising results of the research and its comprehensive analysis are published by Slon.ru.