My name is Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot, and I am a researcher and lecturer 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 activity and protests. I am especially interested in how protesters in post-Soviet countries harness digital technology to augment their tactics. My dissertation focussed on the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and augmented dissent. My other research interests include: digital activism and political participation online, impact of internet communities on political decisions, social media platforms and social/political change, post-Soviet online spaces, viral media, and the power of images.
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 also a contributor for the Ukraine chapter of the Freedom House Freedom on the Net report from 2012 to 2016.
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. I’ve also conducted new media trainings in Belarus newsrooms for ICFJ.