Diversity of the Internet in Russia’s Regions: Towards an Alternative Research Agenda

Polina Kolozaridi, Olga Dovbysh

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Today, the internet has become a very fragmented research object that can be understood differently depending on contexts, research goals and methods. However, the internet130 of a particular country is often treated by researchers as an umbrella term combining heterogeneous phenomena and practices. In this chapter we propose an alternative way of analysing the internet in Russia’s regions. Contrary to the concept of RuNet as common space, we explore diversity of what the internet is in different localities in Russia. The cases of five cities aim to illustrate the variety of histories and usage patterns of the internet in particular locations, such as in cities in Russia’s regions. Qualitative data consisting of interviews, observations, digital ethnography and archival documents have paved an additional (to more conventional quantitative data) way to explore the internet as a complex phenomenon rooted in previous development, local cultural and societal norms, political and economic situations. In particular, we stress the significance of the early internet, the diversity of basic and alternative platforms, the access and infrastructure divide as objects that are important to understand the development of the internet in a particular location.
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationInternet in Russia: A Study of the Runet and Its Impact on Social Life
FörlagSpringer
Utgivningsdatum20 mar 2020
Sidor166-191
ISBN (tryckt)978-3-030-33015-6
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-030-33016-3
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 20 mar 2020
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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NamnSocieties and Political Orders in Transition
FörlagSpringer International Publishing

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Kolozaridi, P., & Dovbysh, O. (2020). Diversity of the Internet in Russia’s Regions: Towards an Alternative Research Agenda. I Internet in Russia: A Study of the Runet and Its Impact on Social Life (s. 166-191). (Societies and Political Orders in Transition). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-33016-3