Hopes and Fears for the Internet

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
The internet as a social phenomenon is interpreted and exploited in different ways, from an empowering technology to a source of new threats to privacy. It is seen by researchers as a technology with many stakeholders. Plenty of people are engaged with it in one way or another, but no one completely understand its nature. The contemporary internet is dissolving into different phenomena: a digital environment, online services, media and networks. All of these might be treated as uncertain emblems of change and threat.

As a researcher Polina Kolozaridi studies people’s attitudes towards the technologies and media that together make up what we refer to as the internet. This seminar will present some of the results of Russian case-studies, intended to address a few key questions: why and how do people change their attitudes towards technology, how are group norms elaborated, and when do attitudes become a political question?

Polina Kolozaridi is a sociologist and fellow at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Her research focuses on the sociology of the internet. Currently she is a guest at the IWM.

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