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Digitalization as a New Tool of Social or Political State Control over Citizens: an Analysis of State Institutions of Digital Participation in Russia

Student: Nikita Safonov

Supervisor: Andrey N. Scherbak

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

In the final qualifying work, will be considered the topic of strengthening state supervision of the political activities of users in Russia. In other words, the study will analyze state instruments of digital authoritarianism. This work describes the basic concepts of electronic political regimes such as electronic democracy and digital authoritarianism. The final qualifying work will consider the main prerequisites, signs, and functions of strengthening state supervision of the political activities of users. Moreover, this study compares the traditional model of digital authoritarianism in China and mixed digital authoritarianism in Russia. Based on this, in the final qualifying work, the basic concepts of this electronic political regime will be revealed. Using qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, an answer will be given to a research question: how does the Russian government using Internet technologies affect the strengthening of the supervision of citizens?

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