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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

21 July 2011

Is Russia's Political “Black Hole” About to Reach Tipping Point?

RuNet Echo

In December 2011 Russian voters will elect a new parliament, and than in March 2012 a new (or perhaps, not so new) president. Analysts predict that the upcoming elections threaten...

10 May 2011

Russia: President Medvedev Meets Russian Internet Community

RuNet Echo

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met leaders of the Russian Internet community for three hours of discussion about Internet regulation. Gregory Asmolov, who took part in the meeting, shares his impression...

1 April 2011

Russia: New Government Initiative Questions the Nature of Online Monitoring

RuNet Echo

Russian authorities declared that they are interested in developing new system for monitoring of online content. The document of the tender for the new system not only provides information about...

26 February 2011

Russia: Internet Freedom As Cold War 2.0

RuNet Echo

Gregory Asmolov analyzes bloggers' reactions to the Internet Freedom speech by Hillary Clinton.

27 January 2011

Russia: Domodedovo Bombings Expose Imbalance Between Traditional and Social Media

RuNet Echo

Social media played a significant role in the coverage of the terrorist attack in Domodedovo International Airport near Moscow. Russian bloggers and journalists discussed the consequences of increasing role of...

18 January 2011

Russia: Bloggers on Lessons of Tunisian Revolution

RuNet Echo

The outcome of the Tunisian protests has provoked people worldwide to think about political change. One of the major questions discussed by Russian bloggers is whether the possibility of similar...

26 December 2010

Russia: Is Internet Guilty of Organizing Nationalistic Riots?

RuNet Echo

Russian media and blogosphere ponder who is responsible for the nationalists’ riots in Moscow in mid-December. But the authorities found their own scapegoat – the Internet.

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