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

28 September 2014

Anton Nossik on the Coming End of Facebook, Twitter, and Google in Russia

Media expert and founding member of the Russian blogosphere Anton Nossik explains why he thinks the end is nigh in Russia for websites used by billions around the globe.

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

5 August 2014

Forgot Your Password? Don't Worry, the Kremlin Has It.

To ease the process of developing a national "blogger registry, the Russian government is inviting bloggers to share something every Internet user knows never to divulge: their logins and passwords.

28 July 2014

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

24 July 2014

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

Although unlikely, should Russia’s decryption project succeed, it could endanger millions of Internet users whose interest in online anonymity is far from nefarious.

6 July 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Russia's Internet Crackdown

To help people keep track of what’s what in Russian cyberspace, we've compiled a list of the most important laws to hit the RuNet in the past two years.

4 July 2014

Russia's Cyber Nanny Calls for a Clean RuNet

In the eyes of parliamentarian Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Internet is a pretty scary place. Learn about the Cyber Nanny's latest filtering initiative with this handy breakdown from RuNet Echo.

24 June 2014

Russian Bureaucracy’s Race to Police the Web

"...the most frightening truth may be that Russia’s law enforcement agencies don’t always wait for lawmakers to grant them formal authority when it comes to policing the Internet."

21 June 2014

Russia Says the Internet Spreads Extremism

Russia’s Interior Ministry has drafted a ten-year strategy for countering violent extremism. The plan identifies the Internet as the main conduit for extremism and calls for new policing measures.

11 June 2014

Meeting with Putin, Industry Leaders Ditch Users on Digital Rights

Vladimir Putin attended a much-anticipated meeting with Russian Internet industry leaders in Moscow today. Did they discuss Internet freedom? Barely.