Online talk on Russian media in February: Digital inequalities in multiethnic Russian society

On February 8, Anna Gladkova from Lomonosov Moscow State University will present her research “Digital inequalities, digital capital and digital inclusion in multiethnic Russian society“, where she explores digital  inclusion of major and minor ethnic groups in Russia by comparing three broad categories of digital resources, identified as components of the index of inclusion: ICT access, skills, and extent of engagement with technologies.

Online talk will be organized in Zoom February, 8 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks, please leave your contact information here until February, 7 noon: registration form. If you registered for Online talks or RMLN email list before, no need to register again, we’ll send you the information.

Research summary:  In this research, we look at the multiethnic character of the Russian federal districts and draw linkages between ethnic diversity of the federal districts and their technological development in regard to access and use of ICTs, including digital literacy index for each district. We further explore the concept of the digital divide in Russia and the three levels of the divide: access, skills and benefits from being online relying on current statistical data and our research in this area. Following up on this, we discuss how differences (if any) in digital access and use, as well as digital capital between major and minor ethnic groups in Russia can lead to new inequalities in the society today, where some groups risk becoming technologically excluded as a result of the digital divide.

Speaker’s bio: Anna Gladkova is leading researcher and head of International Affairs Office at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is co-chair of IAMCR’s Digital Divide Working Group, IAMCR Ambassador in Russia and member of the IAMCR International Council. Anna Gladkova has published on ethnic media, digital inequalities and digital divides. Her recent co-edited books include ‘Digital Inequalities in the Global South’ with Massimo Ragnedda (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and ‘Ethnic Journalism in the Global South’ with Sadia Jamil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). She received research grants from the Presidential grant council for state support of young Russian scholars, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, and Fulbright.

Moderator: Dr Olga Dovbysh (Helsinki University)

Online talk on Russian Media is a collaborative initiative between Russian Media Lab Network, University of Helsinki, and Tampere Research Center for Russian and Chinese Media.

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