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Stories about Russia

18 June 2015

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

RuNet Echo

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

Smokey the Bear, Meet Your Russian Cousin and Eat Your Heart Out

RuNet Echo

A national park on the coast of Kamchatka has hired a popular online cartoonist to illustrate a series of public service announcements intended educate visitors about safety around bears.

17 June 2015

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

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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.

Is the Kremlin Watering Down Russia's ‘Right to Be Forgotten’?

RuNet Echo

Kremlin officials and Yandex reportedly reached a compromise that will weaken the next draft of legislation designed to introduce to the RuNet a "right to be forgotten."

16 June 2015

How the Kremlin Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Online News Aggregation

RuNet Echo

According to a new study, the Kremlin appears to have mastered several ways to fool Yandex.News into promoting government-planted stories to an audience that surpassed 23 million people in April.

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

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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.

15 June 2015

Twitter Discourse Around Putin and Poroshenko in Ukraine and Russia

RuNet Echo

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.

11 June 2015

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

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

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.

Samsung Allegedly Agrees to Comply with Russia's Data-Localization Law

RuNet Echo

Speculation that Samsung will bow to Russia’s new data-localization demands comes amid rumors that other prominent tech companies have agreed to move users' data to servers in Russia.

9 June 2015

Facebook Responds to ‘Stop Political Blocking’ Petition by Russians and Ukrainians

RuNet Echo

In a statement posted to Change.org on June 8, Thomas Kristensen, Facebook’s director of policy for Eastern Europe and Russia, explained that the social network stands by its moderation policies

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