Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > "We Are Not Afraid": An analysis of the Internet's effect in challenging the regime in Russia, 2011-2014

The Internet in Russia may have originally served as a safety valve, but the safety valve theory fails to account for what happens when people expressing their discontent in the cyber world brings about a resulting effect. This is what has taken place in Russia. The young, Internet-savvy generation has managed to harness the Internet to increase activism, instead of using it as an alternative to action. Their cyber actions have affected politics and society to some degree, as well as spurred street protests and provided an important independent voice in Russia’s constrained media sphere. This thesis will discuss some of these effects and the links between cyber actions and effect, thus questioning an unchallenged acceptance of the safety valve theory as it relates to the Russian case.