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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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24 November 2015

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

RuNet Echo

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

20 November 2015

Ukrainian Men's Travel Ban News Debunked as Fake by Military

RuNet Echo

"Santa Claus will not be paying a visit to those who spread rumors and unverified information."

17 November 2015

New Bill Urges Ban on WhatsApp and Google for Russian Officials

RuNet Echo

Banning the use of foreign services such as Google, Yahoo!, and WhatApp for Russian state officials is key to preserving confidentiality of state secrets, says one Russian lawmaker.

16 November 2015

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Banning Telegram Messenger ‘Because It's Used by ISIS’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Should Telegram be banned because it's used by extremist organizations such as ISIS? One Russian lawmaker believes it should, but plenty of others in Russia disagree.

12 November 2015

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Previously, Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the data localization law as the kind of user data Twitter collects did not qualify as “personal information."

10 November 2015

Russia's Internet Watchdog May Soon Get More Extrajudicial Website Blocking Powers

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Roscomnadzor can already make websites unavailable for Russian users without a court order, but they remain available to users outside Russia—something the new, broader mandate could end.

New Platform Provides Grassroots Organizing Opportunities for Ukraine's Urbanites

RuNet Echo

The online platform called "Zhyteli" (Dwellers) is aimed at arming urbanites with the tools to communicate with their neighbors more effectively about anything from utilities prices to major renovations.

9 November 2015

Russian Performance Artist Detained for Setting Fire to Federal Security Service HQ

RuNet Echo

Pavlensky, known for hard-hitting and sometimes shocking performance art, said setting fire to the doors was a symbolic act highlighting the "constant terror methods" used by the FSB against citizens.

4 November 2015

Protest Activity On the Rise In Russia, Study Finds

RuNet Echo

The overall protest activity in Russia recorded by the experts grew almost 15 percent compared to the first half of 2014.

2 November 2015

Social Media Users Factcheck Mainstream News Coverage of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt

RuNet Echo

When a Russian couple found their Instagram photo splashed over the evening television news as "Sinai plane crash victims," they went on a social media quest to debunk the error.

29 October 2015

Ukrainian Official Dismissed for Using Russian Email Service for Official Correspondence

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukrainian authorities believe that using Russian email services could potentially "jeopardize the country's information security" in view of the ongoing information war between Ukraine and Russia.

25 October 2015

Ukraine Goes to the Polls In Local Elections, But Not Everyone Gets a Vote

RuNet Echo

The local elections are largely seen as a test of transparency and fairness for the post-Euromaidan Ukrainian political environment, but many Ukrainians aren't getting a chance to vote at all.

22 October 2015

Ukraine's New Banned Websites Registry: Security Measure or Censorship Tool?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Ukraine's new cyberpolice say they want to protect Ukrainians online, but a banned websites registry is causing Internet users to worry about adverse effects on free expression.

12 October 2015

Watch Out, Internet! Ukraine Is Getting Its Own Cyberpolice

RuNet Echo

The new Ukrainian cyberpolice force is tasked with protecting the country and its citizens from malicious Internet activity, and is expected to do it better than its predecessors.

8 October 2015

Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

RuNet Echo

Alexievich is the 14th woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

28 September 2015

Pussy Riot Performance in Banksy's Dismaland Highlights Plight of Refugees

RuNet Echo

Russian punk musicians and political activists Pussy Riot raised awareness of the cause of refugees in Europe with a violent and loud performance at Banksy's Dismaland park in London.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

RuNet Echo

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

17 September 2015

Truth Is Not a Crime: Ukraine Honors Fallen Journalist Gongadze

RuNet Echo

15 years after the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze, those who ordered his killing have still not been found by the investigators.

16 September 2015

Russian Court Fines Google for ‘Reading Private Correspondence’ on Gmail

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Yekaterinburg academic has convinced Moscow city court to fine Google 50 thousand rubles ($765) for violating his "secrecy of correspondence" on Gmail with its targeted ads.

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