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Russian women fear return of murderers freed to fight for Wagner The Guardian Aug 19, 2023
Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain New York Times Jul 3, 2023
Poutine a peur des femmes Marie Claire Jun 11, 2023
Are feminists next on Vladimir Putin’s list? Politico Apr 14, 2023
Inside Safe City, Moscow’s AI Surveillance Dystopia WIRED Feb 6, 2023
Russian Search Giant Yandex Struggles to Survive Bandwidth Nov 14, 2022
Russia Exports Digital Surveillance Despite Sanctions Bandwidth Aug 26, 2022
The Kremlin’s data-driven propaganda machine is just getting started Oped The Hill Jul 11, 2022
Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian Women and the Anti-War Movement New Security Beat Apr 13, 2022
Ukraine and Russia have both weaponized facial recognition — in very different ways Business Insider Mar 21, 2022
Russia rejects calls for domestic violence overhaul France24 Dec 16, 2021
Russian feminist runs for Duma to take on domestic violence Associated Press Sept 15, 2021
‘We Are Not Revolutionaries’: Russia’s Last Liberal Party Operates Under No Illusions Moscow Times July 6, 2021
Russia Lifts Soviet-Era Rules On What Jobs Women Can Do NPR Mar 24, 2021
Branded Foreign Agents, Russia’s Domestic Violence Groups Fear for the Future Moscow Times Mar 11, 2021
Russia struggles to awaken from its domestic abuse nightmare The Sunday Times Mar 7, 2021
Face for sale: Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition Reuters Nov 9, 2020
Alena Popova (@alenapopova) is a social and political activist and the Director of Ethics & Technology , a think tank based in Moscow. She was labelled a foreign agent by the Putin regime in 2022 and left the country. She was appointed Galina Starovoitova fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington in 2022. She specializes in researching the impact of emerging technologies on autocratic and democratic governance models.
She is an advocate for digital rights and the use of technology for public good. Her organization’s areas of expertise include surveillance, personal data and autonomous weapons. Her Russian-language Twitter feed is @alyonapopova.
Alena is a recognized women’s rights activist and social media influencer, best known for her “I didn’t want to die” digital campaign against domestic violence. She has coordinated a push for passage of the first anti-domestic violence law in Russia. She has been a candidate in elections for the Russia State Duma and City of Moscow legislature.
Alena holds a law degree from Kutafin Moscow State Law University and a journalism degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University.