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There are many people who contributed to making this research and this book possible. From protesters and activists to select academics who (like me) spend too much time on Twitter, I want to thank everyone who helped me think, question, investigate, triangulate, understand, and write. Many of you probably had no idea you were helping, but you were!
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A Facebook post by a Ukrainian-Afghani journalist Mustafa Nayyem is often credited with sparking the Euromaidan protests that took over Ukraine in late autumn 2013. On November 21, after news appeared that then-President Viktor Yanukovych would refuse to sign the EU Association Agreement, Nayyem posted on Facebook:
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To understand the current relationship between mass protest and digital media in Ukraine and its neighborhood, it is useful to track the developments during the almost three decades since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Though the common Soviet legacy has some implications for how countries in the region are governed and for the political and civic sensibilities of their citizens, we also...
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As we’ve seen from chapter 2, the affordances of social media and networked technologies for protest do not exist in a vacuum. Instead, they emerge as opportunities or limitations from the coming together of technologies and actors in a particular context. Chapter 2 provided an overview of the social, political, and technological circumstances in Ukraine and Russia that circumscribe how...
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On November 21, 2013, I happened to be in New York, where I was delivering a guest lecture on the internet and media in Ukraine in my colleague’s class at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. The day after the lecture, my colleague posted a snapshot of me in class to Facebook. Our mutual friend in Kyiv commented on the post that night: “Hey, we have a...
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It’s dark. The camera is shaking, swiveling wildly from side to side. The shot shows riot police pushing people away from the statue of Independence in the eponymous Square, where several dozen protesters were occupying a central spot that night. As the camera pans, the policemen swing their batons left and right, hitting protesters indiscriminately, blows landing on hands, backs, and heads....
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These are just some of the messages that were shared in the social media communities helping to coordinate Euromaidan logistics during November–December 2013 and January–February 2014. As the Euromaidan protest grew in downtown Kyiv, it organically developed spatial and temporal rhythms of participation and organization, fusing the everyday and the extraordinary. It also encountered...
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Almost two months into the protests, the public discontent became so visible and inconvenient that the authorities decided to add legislative pressure to the physical crackdowns. On January 16, 2014, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law limiting freedom of assembly and clamping down on freedom of expression. The law, billed as “protecting the security of citizens” (Bohdanova 2014),...
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The detailed examination of Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests in the previous chapters underscores the complexity of augmented dissent. Affordances of digital media for protest are highly context-dependent, so the nature of governance in a given state, based on either democratic deliberation or authoritarian rule, is one of the factors shaping possibilities and limits of digitally mediated...
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How can we understand the affordances of digital media for protest through the prism of a hybrid conceptualization of society, media, and technology, where the online and offline aspects of protest activity augment each other in complex ways?
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Tetyana Lokot is an associate professor at the School of Communications at Dublin City University. She researches protest and digital media in Ukraine and Russia, as well as internet freedom, internet governance, and urban media practices in Eastern Europe. She completed her PhD at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
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Protest, Media and Culture publishes edited collections and monographs dedicated to the study and analysis of an irrepressible phenomenon: the worldwide resurgence of social, cultural, political and economic discontent.
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