Gregory Asmolov

Supervisor: Robin Mansell

Research topic: Сrowdsourcing and emergence of spontaneous order in situations of limited statehood

I examine the emerging collaborative power of ICT-enabled crowds in crisis situationsGregory Asmolov profileand aim to investigate the topic drawing on evolutionary theories concerned with spontaneous action and the sustainability of voluntary networked organizations. I analyze whether crowdsourcing practices can lead to development of bottom-up online networked institutions and "peer-to-peer" governance.

Research interests: Crowdsourcing, crisis mapping, Internet and diplomacy, ICT and conflicts, Internet in Russia, ICT and media development, media in Russia, Internet and journalism practices, collaboration between social and traditional media, online identity

Major publications:

Asmolov A. and G. Asmolov,  "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, 2009.

N. Latar, G. Asmolov & A. Gekker, State Cyber Advocacy, A Working Paper  for the Herzliya Conference 2010, IDC Herzliya,|

Livingston S. and G. Asmolov, "Networks and the Future of Foreign Affairs Reporting", Journalism Studies, 11: 5, Routledge, 2010, 745 — 760

Asmolov G. and Josh Machleder,  Social Change and the Russian Network Society: Redefining Development Priorities in New Information Environments , Internews, September 2011,|

Personal information:

Gregory Asmolov is a contributor to "Runet Echo", a project of "Global Voices Online" that analyzes the Russian Internet. He has consulted on information technology, new media, and social media projects for The World Bank and Internews Network, and worked as a research assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.

Gregory has taught two undergraduate classes "Production of content for new media" and "Internet and advocacy" at the Sammy Ofer Communication School at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (Israel). He also conducts trainings and gives lectures about social and political role of new media in U.S, Russia, Israel and other countries.  Gregory has previously worked as a journalist for major Russian newspapers Kommersant and Novaya Gazeta, and served as news editor and analyst for Israeli TV.

Gregory is a co-founder of "Help Map" (, a crowdsourcing platform, which was used to coordinate assistance to victims of wildfires in Russia in 2010 and won a Russian National Internet Award for best project in the "State and Society" category.  Currently he and his colleagues develop a new crowdsourcing platform for coordination of mutual aid in crisis situations

Gregory holds MA in Global Communication from George Washington University (Washington, DC) and BA in Communication and International Affairs from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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