Blogs & Bullets: Mapping the Russian Blogosphere

Hosted by USIP’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding, this event brought experts from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Morningside Analytics to present their new research on the Russian blogosphere.

Hosted by USIP’s Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding, experts from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Morningside Analytics presented their new research on the Russian blogosphere, while prominent Russia experts and notable bloggers responded. The research team mapped this extensive social network, analyzing over 11,000 Russian language blogs to understand how politics is discussed, by whom, and if there is evidence of political and social mobilization in the blogosphere.  The team also analyzed the blogosphere’s place within the overall Russian online and traditional media ecology, including discussion of top political YouTube videos.

Research Team

  • Karina Alexanyan
    Researcher and Analyst
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Bruce Etling
    Director, Internet & Democracy Project
    Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • John Kelly
    Founder and Chief Scientist
    Morningside Analytics

 Respondents

  • Alexey Navalny
    Yale World Fellow and prominent Russian blogger
  • Ivan Sigal
    Executive Director
    Global Voices
  • Angela Stent
    Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies
    Georgetown University
  • Sheldon Himelfarb, Moderator
    Associate Vice President, Center of Innovation for Science, Technology & Peacebuilding
    United States Institute of Peace