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The Web that Failed

  A fascinating study. It is, as far as I know, quite a breakthrough in terms of method and content. Dr Marie Mendras-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 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 election period, The Web that Failed argues that in Russia the hopes of 'technological liberation' have not been realised. 'There is no short cut,' the authors conclude, 'for which the code is www.' Floriana Fossato is a research associate at the Reuters Institute. John Lloyd is Director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute and a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times. Alexander Verkhovsky is the Director of the SOVA Centre for Information and Analysis. A hard copy of this publication can be purchased from the University of Oxford Online Store or Amazon. Download the accompanying appendices: Appendix 1: Methodology Appendix 2: Statistical Analysis