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Tanya Lokot · June, 2015

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 June, 2015

Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Agrees to Compensate Former Employee, But She's Just Getting Started

An alleged Russian "troll factory" has agreed to compensate its former employee for unfair labor practices, but the former "troll" seeks to further expose the company and its inner workings.

No More Internet: Website Models Effect Of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ on Russian Search Engines

A new website created by Russian advertising executives asks Russian users to imagine what search engines will look like in 2018—if the “right to be forgotten” bill becomes law.

Russian Censor Says It's High Time the Country Developed Its Own Messenger App

Russian officials bemoan the lack of control and access to user data in foreign text messaging apps as a threat to "national security."

Self-Proclaimed ‘Donetsk People's Republic’ Now Has an Internet Blacklist

A new law in the rebel eastern Ukraine state instituting a blacklist for webpages with content "prohibited in the republic" seems to be targeting Ukrainian media websites.

Russian Lawmakers Vote to Support First Draft of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Law

Only one Russian lawmaker voted against the new draft law, with other members of parliament overwhelmingly supporting the "right to be forgotten" regulations for search engines.

Twitter Discourse Around Putin and Poroshenko in Ukraine and Russia

In a new installment of our citizen-media data-analysis project, All The Presidents' Tweets, we use word clouds to visualize the Russian and Ukrainian discourse around Putin and Poroshenko on Twitter.

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

Speculation Flares Online as Huge Fuel Depot Fire Burns Near Kyiv

As firefighters battle a massive fuel depot fire near Kyiv, Ukrainians have been sharing photos of the disaster, conspiracy theories, and survival tips on social media.

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