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Tanya Lokot · March, 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 March, 2016

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

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

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Yahoo Reports First Content Removal Requests from the Russian Government

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.

Russian Journalists Create New Independent Trade Union

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

Twitter Through the Years: The RuNet Edition

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.

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

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.

Uber Is Now Sharing Data With the Moscow Transportation Department

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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