My name is Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot, and I am Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at the School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland. I study augmented dissent, with a focus on the affordances of digital media and social networks for civic activism and protest.
I also have a keen interest in internet freedom, internet governance, privacy and censorship – and how all of these combine to shape networked citizenship across the globe.
My other research interests include: social media platforms and social/political change, post-Soviet online spaces, urban media and spaces, media manipulation and propaganda.
I am an organising committee member for the Theorizing the Web conference, an annual inter- and non-disciplinary gathering for anyone thinking critically about internet and society. I also chair the Media, Cities and Space section in ECREA and am on the editorial board of Mediapolis journal.
Until 2016, I was Contributing Editor for RuNet Echo, a Global Voices project exploring the Russian-speaking internet, and I remain a GV community member. I was a contributor for the Ukraine chapter of the Freedom House Freedom on the Net report from 2012 to 2016. I also contribute to the Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index.
I hold a PhD from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. I also have an M.A. in journalism from National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2004). From 2004 to 2012 I was Assistant Professor and Head of New Media Sequence at Mohyla School of Journalism (NaUKMA, Kyiv, Ukraine), where I taught Radio News Production and New Media and Online Journalism courses for masters-level students.
I’ve also worked as journalist for radio, online and print media, most recently covering technology. My work in the civic sector includes serving as Development Director at Media Reform Centre, a Ukrainian media NGO. I’ve also worked as a media trainer in projects for Westminster Foundation for Democracy and USAID Parliamentary Development Project in Ukraine and Georgia.
As a Consultant in Eastern Europe markets and social media for Webbmedia Group, I’ve also conducted new media trainings in Belarus newsrooms for ICFJ and served on the judging panel for the ONA 2011 and 2012 Online Journalism Awards (Non-English entries).