The recent issue of New Eastern Europe, a news journal with the focus on Central and Eastern European affairs, has a special section on Digital Eastern Europe. In it, the group of authors look at the internet and surrounding technologies in the context of democratization of Eastern European societies.
Interestingly, countries with the highest internet penetration – Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Belarus – are also the most authoritarian. While those with much fewer internet users – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – score better in terms of democratic freedoms.
Digital Eastern Europe tries to explain whether new media technologies will accelerate and deepen the process of democratization in... read more