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The Web that Failed

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  • The Web that Failed
    The Web that Failed

How opposition politics and independent initiatives are failing on the internet in Russia

Floriana Fossato and John Lloyd with Alexander Verkhovsky

“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.