“The Web that Failed: how opposition politics and independent initiatives are failing on the internet in Russia” by Floriana Fossato and John Lloyd with Alexander Verkhovsky
The promise of the internet is often held to be one of liberation. But how far is its reach and impact still dependent on the nature of the society in which it is being used? Based on a detailed study of three significant websites over a crucial elections period, this report argues that in Russia the hopes of ‘technological liberation’ have not been realised.
“A fascinating study. It is, as far as I know, quite a breakthrough in terms of method and content”
Dr Marie Mendra-Rosdahl, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
“An important contribution to the understanding of the relationship between social capital and the internet …”
Professor Sarah Oates, University of Glasgow