Monthly Archives: September 2011

Indonesia: why Facebook?

What drives Indonesia’s massive growth in social media use, especially Facebook? Indonesia has driven Facebook’s growth rates in the region and is one of Facebook’s top markets worldwide. This isn’t necessarily only a function of Indonesia’s size: Internet penetration as … Continue reading

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Russia’s Internet: censorship, copyright and cronies

Just as in other BRICs, Internet use in Russia is increasing rapidly, averaging 30% growth per annum.  The country is also experiencing a social media boom – according to some sources, it has the most socially engaged media population on … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Narcoblog: state failure and information flows

As suggested by recent terrorism charges laid against two citizens warning others about violence in Veracruz via twitter, social media and the Internet are increasingly important as information sources for Mexicans frustrated by an official vacuum regarding the country’s ongoing … Continue reading

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Welcome to Circuit! This blog provides commentary on the Internet and its impact on international politics and the academic discipline of International Relations. In mid-2010, Circuit editors Madeline Carr and Sarah Logan noted a gap in online content examining the … Continue reading

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