Tag: putin

by Julie Keck

1. Russia wipes opposition sites from the Internet (Max Seddon / BuzzFeed) 2. Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload (Janko Roettgers / GigaOm) 3. Survey of nearly a thousand web pages looks at interactive features for news (Caroline O’Donovan / Nieman Lab) 4. Everyone wins with copyright takedown notices — except […] more »

by Devin Harner

The following is a commentary by PBS MediaShift contributor Devin Harner. Just as the noise over Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times on September 11 died down came the news that John McCain responded in kind with a pretty much universally panned op-ed in Russia’s Pravda, or, more properly, a Russian Pravda. As Politico […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

“Say hi to your mom,” a young bully says to the 15-year-old boy his posse has surrounded on a park bench. “You will be an Internet celebrity.” The chilling taunt comes 4 minutes into a 20-minute Russian YouTube video of homophobic harassment that went viral last week. It is the most chilling reminder that as […] more »

by Danny O'Brien

Russia’s State Duma has passed a number of new laws in the past week, all seemingly aimed at reining in civil society and criticism of public figures. The bills would re-criminalize defamation and impose limits and labels on NGOs. They follow last month’s introduction of excessive fines for unauthorized protests. Government Crackdown Heightens One of […] more »