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New Era in Eurasia: The Dawn of Digital Politics

In Eurasia,1 telecommunications and politics have become deeply integrated: no longer the exclusive domain of engineers, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs, the digital space has become profoundly political. Cyberspace is the new battlefi eld where individuals, networked collectives, governments, NGOs and international organizations alike wage fi erce information wars. Armies of patriotic hackers and government-paid troll brigades roam the Internet fi ghting to assert their narratives. At the same time, rapidly growing Internet access, particularly through mobile platforms, is helping grassroots movements to network, inform, and mobilize in an environment marked by increasing restrictions on media and political freedoms.

 

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