VKontakte CEO Pavel Durov un-resigns

Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg either has a very weird sense of humor, or he is genuinely preparing to fight censorship of the platform he founded until the bitter end.

No joke: Facebook clone champions Russian innovation

Russian social network VKontakte has built a billion dollar business by cloning almost every aspect of Facebook for the local market. It seems a little rich, then, that founder Pavel Durov says his long-term ambition is to prove that Russian products can be global leaders.

Why the Internet is America’s greatest weapon

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko is the latest dictator to try and quash unrest by banning social networking sites. But whether or not his fears are accurate, the truth is simple: many countries now think the success of the Internet is indistinguishable from America’s political ambitions.