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ISSN 2043-7633

Issue 3

Between Big Brother and the Digital Utopia: e-Governance in Post-Totalitarian Space

Editorial – Issue 3

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The third issue of Digital Icons explores the practice of e-participation and e-governance in post-Soviet, post-communist countries, focusing on three main geographical areas, Central Europe (Slovakia), Russia, and Central Asia. …
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State of Ambivalence: Turkmenistan in the Digital Age

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In 2007, the new president of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov resolved to open up the country to new technologies, thereby allowing access to the outside world. This report gauges these new …
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E-government and Transparency in Authoritarian Regimes: Comparison of National- and City-Level E-government Web Sites in Central Asia

Why do authoritarian governments develop e-government web presence? Most models of e-government assume a goal of government-to-citizen services and increased transparency and democratic accountability. While democratic governments probably pursue such …
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Citizens Speak Out: Public e-Engagement Experience of Slovakia

This article analyzes the Slovak experience of citizens’ e-engagement on different levels.  Occasioned by the explosive development of social media networks all over the world, the article addresses the general …
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Digital Citizenship: E-Deliberation, Democracy and the Future of the Discipline (Interview with Professor Stephen Coleman)

In an exclusive interview with the editor of Digital Icons, Professor Stephen Coleman discusses evolving forms of citizen participation. He examines e-deliberation as an emerging body of research, technological tools, …
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How to be a well-groomed Russian: Cultural Citizenship in the Television / New Media Interface

Every morning on Channel One, the makeover programme Fashion Verdict offers candidates and audiences sartorial advice appropriate to a middle-class sensibility. The show sets out to transform so-called dowdy candidates …
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‘Electronic Russia’: Reality or (Empty) Promises? (Interview with Ivan Ninenko)

In December 2009, the Russian government launched the portal gosuslugi.ru with the purpose of easing the interaction between governmental institutions and citizens by means of electronic public services. In order …
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