Cyber-Optimism v. Cyber-Pessimism

This interesting article claims that while in the United States there is a lot of debate about whether use of internet in government is more helpful or harmful (and the “cyber pessimists” in the US are often more vocal), in Russia politicians seem enthusiastic about it. They see it as an instrument of modernization. However, the article questions whether Russia really is looking for more open governance or whether it is “using online tools like Twitter to demonstrate they were close to the people on a personal level, while at the same time avoiding real political change.”

Read the full article here.

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