Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty‘ and tweeted at @KevinRothrock. I also cohost the New Books in Russian and Eurasian Studies podcast with Sean Guillory on the New Books Network. Doctoral student in Political Science at UConn.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

3 February 2016

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.

19 January 2016

Arrrrrr! Putin's New Internet Advisor Tied to Online Piracy

Vladimir Putin's new Internet advisor is known as a hardliner against foreign online resources that break Russian law. Now German Klimenko has been tied to a questionable torrent tracker.

13 January 2016

How Sharing Porn Became a Felony in Russia

While ordinary Internet users in Russia today still have no problem finding adult content, police have begun cracking down on individuals who share porn on social media and peer-to-peer networks.

4 January 2016

What to Expect From Russia's State Censor in 2016

The head of Russia's state censor discusses the normalcy of media restrictions, the efficacy of blocking online resources, tackling messenger apps, and much more to come in 2016.

22 August 2015

Did Wikipedia Just Outsmart Russia's Internet Blacklist?

Wikipedia is trying something new in the fight against Russian censorship, and it might actually work.

28 July 2015

Russian Censors Threaten to Shut Down Business Website for Writing About Bitcoin

Officials today told a Russian business-news website today that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins.

23 July 2015

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

3 July 2015

Here's How Russia's New ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Compares to Europe's

RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.

10 June 2015

Facebook Responds to ‘Stop Political Blocking’ Petition by Russians and Ukrainians

In a statement posted to Change.org on June 8, Thomas Kristensen, Facebook’s director of policy for Eastern Europe and Russia, explained that the social network stands by its moderation policies

1 June 2015

How Safe Are Internet Search Engines from Russian Censorship?

Saddling Internet search engines in Russia with new regulations raises special concerns, given Moscow's recent track record for reinterpreting Internet laws in ways that inhibit civic freedoms online.

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