In Russia, “the ‘new dog’ of the Internet was adapted and used to perform the ‘old tricks’ inherent to the Soviet system. Nine years after the Soviet system's demise, the legacy of that system and its attendant social order continues to influence and help shape the size, character, and social texture of the Russian Net.”
How the Internet Did Not Transform Russia
Rafal Rohozinski is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, and has served with the United Nations as an adviser on “digital divide” issues in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. This article draws on the author's report, “Mapping Russian Cyberspace: A Perspective on Democracy and the Net” (Geneva: UNRISD, 1999).
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Rafal Rohozinski; How the Internet Did Not Transform Russia. Current History 1 October 2000; 99 (639): 334–338. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2000.99.639.334
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