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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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2 May 2016

Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure.

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian opposition activists are investigating the possible role of state law enforcement in the remote hacking of their Telegram messenger accounts.

26 April 2016

Russian Prosecutor General Accuses ‘Right Sector’ of Using Social Media to Overthrow the Kremlin

RuNet Echo

The Russian Prosecutor General claims that Ukrainian nationalist group "Right Sector" used the Russian social network VKontakte to organize "mass riots and unsanctioned public events."

7 April 2016

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

3 April 2016

Panama Papers: Huge Leak of Offshore Records Implicates Russian, Ukrainian Presidents

RuNet Echo

An international journalistic investigation based on a massive cache of 11.5 million offshore records uncovers the shady financial dealings of 12 current and former world leaders, including Putin and Poroshenko.

31 March 2016

This Russian Website Uses Neural Networks to Combine Images, With Awesome Results

RuNet Echo

A Russian website based on a neural networks algorithm allows Internet users to combine photos and works of art to create fantastical images.

29 March 2016

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

RuNet Echo

VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp are now officially off limits to Moscow police officers who want to discuss work-related matters or exchange official law enforcement data.

26 March 2016

Center for Monitoring Propaganda and Disinformation Online Set to Open in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russia already has agencies that oppose and respond to cyberattacks, but the center's creators say it would be the first of its kind, monitoring and preventing information attacks online.

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

23 March 2016

Yahoo Reports First Content Removal Requests from the Russian Government

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

This is the first time Yahoo has reported receiving Russian requests requests to remove user-generated content from services such as Flickr and Yahoo Groups.

20 March 2016

Russian Journalists Create New Independent Trade Union

RuNet Echo

Russian journalists have founded a new independent trade union organization to boost professional solidarity and provide more support for reporters working in the country.

19 March 2016

Twitter Through the Years: The RuNet Edition

RuNet Echo

For Twitter's 10-year anniversary, the Russian news outlet Kommersant collected dozens of "the most emblematic" tweets published throughout the platform's history. We picked out the ones coming from the RuNet.

17 March 2016

Russia Plans to Fine Websites for ‘Propaganda’ of Circumvention Tools

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The Kremlin is so worried about internet circumvention tools it now seeks to make mere mentions of them illegal and introduce fines for "propaganda" of ways to access blocked websites.

14 March 2016

Uber Is Now Sharing Data With the Moscow Transportation Department

RuNet Echo

Uber, the popular and contested taxi alternative, is now cooperating with the Moscow authorities and sharing their car movement data with the local transportation agency.

6 March 2016

Twitter Reports Massive Increase in Russian Government's Content Removal Requests

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

In the second half of 2015 Russian government agencies submitted 1,735 requests to remove content from Twitter—more than 25 times the number submitted in the first half of 2015.

2 March 2016

Russian Parents Can Now Get Text Message Alerts if Their Kids Search for ISIS Online

RuNet Echo

A new software system promises to alert Russian parents about their children's interest in extremist themes and groups like ISIS based on their social media activity.

27 February 2016

Anti-Extremism Police in Yakutia, Russia, Say They Have Ways of Finding You on WhatsApp

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

WhatsApp messenger is hugely popular in Yakutia—and the anti-extremist police force are on it.

25 February 2016

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

The social media pages containing "calls to overthrow authorities" were determined by the court to be "mass media" because they were public and accessible to an unlimited number of people.

22 February 2016

Hard Labor for Woman Who Reposted Online Criticism of Russia's Actions in Ukraine

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Russian court found Vologzheninova guilty of "discrediting the political order" and of "inciting enmity" by reposting or liking online material critical of Russia’s actions in Crimea and in Donbas.

20 February 2016

The KRA Factor: The Shaming of Kadyrov’s Online Critics

RuNet Echo

The Chechen ideologists have invented a highly effective way of influencing their online critics. The method has been tested in Chechnya and is now being used outside of the republic.

11 February 2016

Kremlin Censor Finally Brings Down the Hammer on the RuNet’s Pluckiest Freedom Advocates

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Government censors have blocked the website of Russian digital rights organization RosKomSvoboda for a page with instructions on how to circumvent online censorship and access blocked websites.

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