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Tetyana Lokot

I am a researcher and PhD student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. I study social movements, urban protest and digital media in post-Soviet countries.

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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.

29 January 2016

Russian Internet Users Turn to TV for News, But Trust Online Sources More, Study Finds

RuNet Echo

37 percent of Russian Internet users believe Russian television and online media report on news in the same way, while an equal 37 percent argue the coverage differs significantly.

22 January 2016

Russian LGBT Activist Fined for ‘Propaganda of Homosexuality’ Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

LGBT activist Sergey Alekseenko was accused of "gay propaganda" after posting a quote from a state regulator's report describing another LGBT community on social media.

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

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.

11 January 2016

Who Protects the Rights of Russian Internet Users? Not These Guys.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia's Internet ombudsman and Putin's new Internet advisor believe they have no business defending the rights of Internet users in Russia.

10 January 2016

‘Russian Ebola': Civic Project Tracks Russians’ Deaths in Police Custody

RuNet Echo

Almost every day, Russians die in police custody, often under mysterious circumstances. An online project called "Russian Ebola" is recording each death to raise awareness of the human rights issue.

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.

4 January 2016

Social Media Users Get Creative in Response to Ukrainian President's Fake Magazine Cover

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided to tweet a doctored cover of The Economist magazine with his face replacing Putin's, he got some image editing help from social media users.

30 December 2015

Russian Blogger Gets Five-Year Prison Term for ‘Inciting Hate’ Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Vadim Tyumentsev, a Russian blogger from Tomsk, has been charged with hate speech and calls to extremism online and has received a five-year sentence for videos on YouTube and VKontakte.

28 December 2015

2015 End-of-Year Quiz: Test Your Russian Internet News Knowledge

RuNet Echo

Think you're a Russian Internet guru? Take our 2015 news quiz to see how closely you've been following the RuNet Echo stories during the past year.

25 December 2015

Russian Censors Launch Automatic Online Media Monitoring System to Spot ‘Extremist’ Content

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor initially had ambitious plans to monitor all of the Russian Internet for extremist materials, but didn't have enough funding, so decided to focus on online media outlets.

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.

22 December 2015

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

RuNet Echo

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

21 December 2015

Roscomnadzor Head Claims Google and Apple Are ‘Relocating Servers’ to Russia

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Aleksandr Zharov, head of the Russian media watchdog, told journalists Google and Apple were "working on localizing their databases on Russian territory," but said the information was "unofficial."

Russian Activist Gets Two-Year Sentence for ‘Calls to Extremism’ on Social Networks

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Russian court has found activist Darya Polyudova guilty of "public calls to separatism and extremism" on social networks and has sentenced her to two years in a penal colony.

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