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Tanya Lokot · September, 2014

I am a researcher based in Dublin, Ireland. I study protest, digital media and internet freedom in Eastern Europe and beyond.

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Latest posts by Tanya Lokot from September, 2014

Who Needs Roads? Russia Entertains Lunar Ambitions

Russia is revitalizing its Moon exploration efforts, with plans to launch a full-scale lunar colonization and development program by 2030. Sounds awesome, right? The RuNet begs to differ.

Ukrainian Band Blows Up YouTube with Wild Apple-Inspired Music Video

A little-known Ukrainian indie rock collective has captured the hearts of YouTube users—and Apple fans—with a cleverly shot music video that now has over half a million views.

Ice Bucket Challenge, Meet Ukraine's ‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

A group of European youths are raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine with a gory twist on the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. The buckets are filled with metaphorical blood.

The Internet Helps Double Russia's Number of Extremism Cases

The number of criminal cases opened on extremism charges in Russia doubled during 2014, and the Internet is responsible for the growth, as more political activity and activism happen online.

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It's ISIS

The Internet army of the "Islamic State," having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

This Russian Lawmaker Thinks the US Can Take Russia Off The Internet

A deputy in the Russian parliament thinks the United States might cut off Russia's internet and suggests Russians take measures to get ready for the information blackout.

Russian Social Networks Dominate in Ukraine Despite Information War

Russian VKontakte and Odnoklassniki networks dominate the social media market in Ukraine, according to new research from Russian Internet giant Yandex.

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