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Tanya Lokot · January, 2016

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 January, 2016

New Ukrainian Draft Bill Seeks Extrajudicial Blocking for Websites Violating Copyright

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.

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

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.

Russian LGBT Activist Fined for ‘Propaganda of Homosexuality’ Online

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.

Ukraine Plans Cyber Security Review After ‘Russian’ Attack on Key Airport

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

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.

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

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.

Ukrainian Separatists Block 100+ News Websites in ‘Lugansk People’s Republic’

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.

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

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

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

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.

Russian Hackers Behind Attack on Ukraine's Power Grid, Researchers Claim

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.

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

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.

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