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The imaginaries of RuNet: the change of the elites and the construction of online space

Asmolov, Gregory and Kolozaridi, Polina (2017) The imaginaries of RuNet: the change of the elites and the construction of online space. Russian Politics, 2 (1). pp. 54-79. ISSN 2451-8913

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Identification Number: 10.1163/2451-8921-00201004


By exploring the changes among online elites who have constructed the Internet, this article traces the unique history of the Russian Internet (RuNet). Illustrating how changes in online elites can be associated with changes in the socio-political role of the online space in general, it concludes that, although the Internet is of global nature, its space is constructed on the level of nation, culture and language. To show this, the article presents five stages in the development of RuNet, suggesting that the change in the stages is associated with the relationship of power between, first, actors (users, developers, the government, etc.) that construct Internet space and, second, alternative elites that emerge online and the traditional elites that seek to take the online space under their control by making their imaginary dominate.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 10:22
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:23

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