The internet is plural: The sociopolitical shaping of the Russian and Korean “internets”

Inkyu Kang, Alexander N. Marchenko

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This study investigates the evolution of the Internet in Russia and South Korea. Focusing on two of the most wired nations, this study explores how sociopolitical forces have transformed the Internet. Although very different “internets” have developed in the two countries, both countries’ constitute signs revolving around the “West.” While Korea passionately embraced the Internet as an attempt to join the “advanced world,” Russia has been wary of the interconnected computer networks spearheaded by the United States and its allies including the UK, Germany and France. This paper investigates the Internet in terms of a sign system that bears specific meanings within society, shaping its adoption, use and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternet Science - INSCI 2018 International Workshops, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAsbjørn Følstad, Polina Kolozaridi, Leonid Yuldashev, Harry Halpin, Heiko Niedermayer, Olessia Koltsova, Svetlana S. Bodrunova, Anna Smoliarova
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030177041
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event5th International Conference on Internet Science, INSCI 2018 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: Oct 24 2018Oct 26 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11551 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other5th International Conference on Internet Science, INSCI 2018
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CitySt. Petersburg

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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