Infrastructure-embedded control, circumvention and sovereignty in the Russian Internet: An introduction

  • Françoise Daucé School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)
  • Francesca Musiani French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Abstract

Pursuing the autonomisation and “sovereignisation” of their national Internet (RuNet) since the early 2010s, authorities in the Russian Federation are establishing increasingly stricter regulations on Internet innovation and practices. Since 2018, the team of the ResisTIC (Criticism and circumvention of digital borders in Russia) project explores how different actors of the RuNet resist and adapt to the recent wave of authoritarian and centralizing regulations. One of the project’s primary objectives is to explore the extent to which control and circumvention strategies are embedded in, and conducted by means of the infrastructure of the RuNet. This special issue provides a detailed overview of the different strands of research undertaken by the ResisTIC project team at the crossroads of digital sovereignty, data and infrastructure. Articles by the project team are entwined with contributions by specialists based in Russia and worldwide.

Author Biographies

Françoise Daucé, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)

Professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and director of the Center for Russian, Caucasian and East-European Studies (CERCEC).

Francesca Musiani, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Associate Research Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Deputy Director of its Centre for Internet and Society.

Published
2021-04-07
How to Cite
Daucé, F., & Musiani, F. (2021). Infrastructure-embedded control, circumvention and sovereignty in the Russian Internet: An introduction. First Monday, 26(5). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i5.11685
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Articles