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Tetyana Lokot

I am a researcher and PhD student at Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. I study social movements, urban protest and digital media in post-Soviet countries.

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23 June 2015

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

RuNet Echo

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.

22 June 2015

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

RuNet Echo

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.

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."

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.

16 June 2015

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.

10 June 2015

Speculation Flares Online as Huge Fuel Depot Fire Burns Near Kyiv

RuNet Echo

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.

28 May 2015

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

26 May 2015

Ukrainian and Russian Users Petition Facebook to ‘Stop Political Blocking’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are petitioning Facebook on the Change.org website to protest what they insist is an ongoing issue: unwarranted and biased blocking of Ukrainian and Russian Facebook profiles.

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