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Biography

Gregory Asmolov started his career as a journalist. He has worked as a Middle East correspondent for Russian newspapers Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and served as a news editor and security analyst for Israeli TV. Later, he has consulted on media development and social media projects for The World Bank and Internews Network. He also served as a contributing editor of RuNet Echo, a project of Global Voices Online analyzing the Russian Internet. In 2010 Gregory Asmolov co-founded a “Help Map” – a crowdsourcing platform used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia. The project received a number of national and International prizes including Russian National Internet Award.

Asmolov served as a visiting lecturer at Media and Communication department at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow), conducted research as a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. He holds a BA in Communication and International Affairs from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an MA in Global Communication from George Washington University, and PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Research

My work focuses on how information technologies, specifically social media and crowdsourcing platforms, constitute the role of individual users and crowds in crisis situations. Whereas my PhD thesis “Subject, Crowd and the Governance of Activity: the Role of Digital Tools in Emergency Response”examined how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) mediate different modes of the relationship between individuals and the state in natural disasters, my present research investigates this very relationship in the context of warfare. My current project titled “Participatory Warfare: the Role of ICTs in Modern Conflicts” explores how ICTs change the everyday lives of users who are remote from a zone of conflict, and how ICTs contribute to the participation of their users in warfare. The project seeks to contribute to understanding the role of digital mediation in the relationship between users and conflicts, and to build a detailed picture of the forms of civic engagement in modern warfare. In order to investigate whether and how social networks foster the convergence of everyday life and warfare, and how digitally mediated practices contribute to citizen engagement in conflicts I focus primarily on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

My additional research interests include Internet regulation in Russia, the role of ICTs in areas of limited statehood, and the role of digital networks in the emergence of alternative socio-political spaces. I am particular interested in exploring the tension between the Internet as an alternative socio-political space and the sovereignization of the online space by state actors.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Asmolov, G. (2018). The Disconnective Power of Disinformation Campaigns, Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 71, No. 1.5, pp. 69-76. https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/disconnective-power-disinformation-campaigns

Asmolov, G. & Kolozaridi, P. (2017). “The Imaginaries of RuNet: the Change of the Elites and the Construction of Online Space”, Russian Politics, 2, pp. 54-79. Available at: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/2451-8921-00201004

Asmolov, G. (2015). “Vertical Crowdsourcing in Russia: Balancing Governance of Crowds and State–Citizen Partnership in Emergency Situations”, Policy & Internet, 7:3, pp. 292-318, DOI: 10.1002/poi3.96 Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/67811/

Asmolov, G. (2015). ‘Crowdsourcing and the folksonomy of emergency response: The construction of a mediated subject’, Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 6: 2, pp. 155–178, DOI: 10.1386/iscc.6.2.155_1 Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/67860/

Livingston S. and G. Asmolov, (2010).  “Networks and the Future of Foreign Affairs Reporting”, Journalism Studies, 11: 5, Routledge, pp. 745 — 760. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1461670X.2010.503024

Book chapters

Asmolov, G. (2018, forthcoming). Vertical crowdsourcing (Russia) in A. Ledeneva, A. Bailey, S. Barron, C. Curro & Teague E. (Eds.), “The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality:Understanding of Social & Cultural complexity”, Vol. 2, Chapter 8.13, London: UCL Press, pp. 461-465.

Asmolov, G. (2014). Virtual Rynda – The Atlas of Help: Mutual Aid as a Form of Social Activism: Crowdsourcing in transition from emergency to everyday life, in E. Zuckerman & L. LeJeune (Eds.), “Global Dimensions of Digital Activism.”, MIT Center For Civic Media. Available at: http://book.globaldigitalactivism.org/chapter/virtual-rynda-the-atlas-of-help-mutual-aid-as-a-form-of-social-activism/

Asmolov, G. (2013). Natural Disasters and Alternative Modes of Governance: the Role of Social Networks and Crowdsourcing Platforms in Russia in S. Livingston & G. Walter-Drop(Eds.), “Bits and Atoms Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood”, Oxford University Press. Available at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199941599.001.0001/acprof-9780199941599-chapter-7

Asmolov, G. (2013). The Kremlin's Cameras and Virtual Potemkin Villages: ICT and the Construction of Statehood, in S. Livingston & G. Walter-Drop (Eds.), “Bits and Atoms Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood”, Oxford University Press. Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/68003/

Asmolov, G. (2013). “Dynamics of innovation and the balance of power in Russia” in M. M. Hussain & P. N. Howard (Eds.), “State Power 2.0 Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide”, Ashgate. Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/68001/

Asmolov, A. and Asmolov, G. (2009). “From We-Media to I-Media: Identity Transformations in the Virtual World” in Y. Zinchenko & V. Petrenko (Eds.), Psychology in Russia. State of the Art, Scientific Yearbook, Volume 2. Available at http://psychologyinrussia.com/volumes/index.php?article=1480&sphrase_id=76345

Conference proceedings

Asmolov, G. (2014). Crowdsourcing as an Activity System: Online Platforms as Mediating Artifacts. A Conceptual Framework for the Comparative Analysis of Crowdsourcing in Emergencies, in M.  Poblet, P. Noriega & E. Plaza (Eds.), Proceedings of the Sintelnet WG5 Workshop on Crowd Intelligence: Foundations, Methods and Practices, pp. 24-43. Available at: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1148/

Policy papers and reports

Asmolov G., Welcoming the Dragon: the role of public opinion in Russian Internet regulation, The Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania), February 201, Available at: http://www.global.asc.upenn.edu/publications/welcoming-the-dragon-the-role-of-public-opinion-in-russian-internet-regulation/

Asmolov G. and J. Machleder, Social Change and the Russian Network Society: Redefining Development Priorities in New Information Environments, Internews, September 2011, Available at: http://www.internews.org/research-publications/social-change-and-russian-network-society

Latar N., G. Asmolov & A. Gekker, State Cyber Advocacy, A Working Paper for the Herzliya Conference 2010, IDC Herzliya, Available at:  http://www.herzliyaconference.org/_Uploads/3035Newmediafinal.pdf

Selected research blog posts and podcasts:

Asmolov G.,Technology is Changing How We Interact with and Experience Conflict, Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University, April 15, 2016. Available at: https://cmds.ceu.edu/article/2016-04-15/technology-changing-how-we-interact-and-experience-conflict 

Asmolov G., Controlling the crowd? Government and citizen interaction on emergency-response platforms, The Policy and Internet Blog, Oxford Internet Institute, December 2015. Available at: http://blogs.oii.ox.ac.uk/policy/controlling-the-crowd-government-and-citizen-interaction-on-emergency-response-platforms/

Asmolov G., Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation, LSE Media Policy Project Blog, February 2015. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2015/02/18/between-institutional-dungeons-and-the-dragons-of-public-opinion-russian-internet-regulation/

Asmolov G., Crowdsourcing and Development of Activity Systems: the Case of Emergency Response, Oxford Internet Institute, February 2014. Available at: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/crowdsourcing-and-development-activity-systems-case-emergency-response-0

Asmolov G., A Shift in International Information Security: The Story of a Diplomatic Oxymoron, Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania December 16. Available at: 2013, http://www.global.asc.upenn.edu/a-shift-in-international-information-security-the-story-of-a-diplomatic-oxymoron/

Asmolov G., The balance of crowds: top-down and bottom-up mobilization strategies in Russian election campaign, Polis blog, March 3rd, 2012. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/2012/03/03/the-balance-of-crowds-top-down-and-bottom-up-mobilization-strategies-in-russian-election-campaign-guest-blog/

Asmolov G., Russian Elections: the struggle for power between state and network society, March 1st, 2012. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/2012/03/01/russian-elections-the-struggle-for-power-between-state-and-network-society/