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Beyond Violence associate Anna Bilous to give a public lecture at the University of Cambridge on ICT

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Internet Communication Technologies: Guarding the Truth in 2013-14 Ukraine

Anna Bilous, an associate here at Beyond Violence, is to give a public lecture at the University of Cambridge on Internet Communication Technologies and their use during the recent protests in Ukraine. Her talk is on the 16th of May and is being held in the Alison Richard Building which is located in the Department of Politics and IR.

During the talk, Anna will present her findings on the recent developments in the online media market in Ukraine, the usage of online media for organising social movements in Ukraine and will specifically concentrate on Facebook and Youtube strategies of social activists’ groups during the Euromaidan protests and open conflict with Russia.

The talk will be of particular interest to those who are willing to know more about the way Euromaidan protests 2013-2014 influenced media and online networking culture in Ukraine, as well as those who are interested in online social activism related to dissemination of objective information on the situation in Ukraine and people who stand behind it.

Here is an special preview of Anna's talk, and represents the queries Anna Bilous will try to address in her presentation.

"In autumn 2013, Ukrainian people started massive protests in favour of the European integration of Ukraine and against the corrupt Ukrainian government with Mr. Yanukovych as the head of state. The protests continued for more than 3 months, with more than 780 people reported shot, beaten to death, kidnapped and burnt. Thousands of social initiatives, on-going online debates and sharing recent information made the outcome of the revolution possible – after Ukrainians remained standing on the central streets, after special police forces violently and repeatedly attacked them and even after more than 100 people were shot by rooftop snipers on 18-22 February. Ukrainian President Yanukovych finally decided to leave the country. Yet, when Ukraine started recovering from the shock of the violent revolution and a new government was formed, Russia brought its fully armed forces to Crimea, and then – to Eastern and Southern Ukraine. The situation is still very tense and the outcome of the conflict with Russia is unclear.

The sphere of online communication in Ukraine has rapidly reacted to the situation in the country. New social media initiatives, Facebook groups, Youtube channels, online TV streams and many more helped people share the information, ask for help, prevent violence and organize their defense. Yet, there are many questions that remain to be asked. Among them – What were the most successful ICTs projects during the time of protests and conflict with Russia? How were they organized? Who were the people standing behind those initiatives?"