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Tanya Lokot · February, 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 February, 2016

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

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

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

Russian Social Network VK Claims to Protect Users From Warrantless Surveillance

VKontakte's Ukrainian spokesperson says the social network abhors censorship and only shares user data with secret services when presented with court orders. The website's turbulent history paints a different picture.

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