Science & Technology
Friday 28 February 2020
17 November 2019
How The Kremlin Bankrolled An Online Comedy Channel
Millions of Russians were glued to a YouTube platform that was notorious for outrageous viral videos. Then hackers revealed that it was being secretly financed by the Kremlin. This story is part of a documentary series, InterNYET, by Current Time that explores the history of the Russian web.
04 November 2019
Russia Launches Quest For 'Sovereign Internet'
22 October 2019
How YouTube Gave Russia A Voice
YouTube has grown to be the most popular website on the Russian Internet, but the Kremlin wants to take steps to limit its influence. Government critics are using the platform to voice their political opinions and can reach audiences on a scale similar to government-controlled TV stations. Yet the question remains: Will the authorities actually be able to hold back this online wave of opinion? The final episode of Andrey Loshаk’s InterNYET series looks at the YouTube phenomenon in Russia.
19 October 2019
Policing the Russian Internet: 'Everyone Will Take The Chinese Model'
The Ukraine crisis coincided with a Russian crackdown on independent online media. New laws since then have brought new restrictions, and the Internet adviser to President Vladimir Putin tells Current Time that China is the model for further online regulation. This story is part of a documentary series, InterNYET, by Current Time that explores the history of the Russian web.
15 October 2019
Inside The Factory: How Russian Trolls Manufacture Fake News
Their impact stretches beyond the 2016 U.S. presidential election that made them an international household name. Russian trolls, says blogger Ilya Varlamov, have changed “the whole picture” for online news in Russia. But how did they do it? In this video, taken from Current Time’s InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet series, former employees at a St. Petersburg troll factory get down to specifics.
04 October 2019
Russia's Path From LiveJournal Boom To Internet Crackdown
LiveJournal was founded in Seattle, but became the go-to platform for Russian activists. Then the Kremlin hit back, heralding a wider crackdown on Internet freedom. This story is part of Current Time's documentary series InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet.
27 September 2019
The Moon Landing At 50: What's True, What's Fake?
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Mike Collins became the first people to land on the moon. Anna Shamanska explains why the real story of July 20, 1969 is much more interesting than any conspiracy theory.
26 September 2019
How Russia's Social Media Giants Beat Facebook
Russia bucked global trends with two homegrown social media that are more popular there than Facebook. Both were backed by the same Israeli-Russian billionaire tech investor. This story is part of Current Time TV's documentary series InterNYET, exploring the history of the Russian web.
20 September 2019
Face To The City: How Moscow’s Surveillance System Works
As this summer's protests showed, Moscow's camera surveillance systems are becoming more sophisticated and more widespread. They're now known as an "all-seeing eye." What these cameras could mean for ordinary citizens’ civil rights concerns many.
19 September 2019
The Rise And Fall Of Rambler
Born in a former Soviet research institute, Rambler was Russia's most popular website in the 1990s and was sold for more than $230 million in 2004. But the site was eclipsed by a dynamic new search engine, and its creator counted his profits in the tens of thousands of dollars.