My name is Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot, and I am assistant professor and programme chair of the MA in Social Media Communications at the School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland. I hold a PhD from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. I study augmented dissent, with a focus on the affordances of digital media and social networks for civic activism and protest. I am especially interested in how protesters in post-Soviet countries (such as Russia or Ukraine) harness digital technology to augment their tactics. My dissertation focussed on the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and augmented dissent. My other research interests include: internet freedom, internet governance and online censorship, 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 Theorizing the Web conference, an annual inter- and non-disciplinary gathering for anyone thinking critically about internet and society.
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 have an M.A. in journalism from National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine (2004) and a B.A. in management from International Christian University (2002). 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).