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Thinking Allowed: Lesbian lives in Russia and big data

Updated Friday, 5th June 2015

On this epiosde of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed lesbian relationships in Russia in a post communist era are explored as is mass surveillance and its consequences. 

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Thinking Allowed, hosted by Laurie Taylor, is BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences.

Gay Pride in Brighton parade - Brighton supports LBGT in Russia Creative commons image Icon Dominic Alves under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license On this week's programme:

Lesbian lives in Russia:

Laurie Taylor talks to Francesca Stella, Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, and author of a study which explores the changing nature of same sex relationships amongst women since the demise of state communism. From the metropolis to the provinces, she finds evidence of women negotiating visible, as well as closeted lives.

Big data:

Is 'big data' leading to the pervasive 24/7 surveillance of every moment of our lives? Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, argues that unlimited data collection is having unforeseen and risky consequences.

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at 4.00pm on BBC Radio 4. For further broadcast details, and to listen again where available, please visit

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