The club for internet and society enthusiasts was founded in 2015. It was initiated by Polina Kolozaridi and Alexander Ilyin. That is how they comment on the club's origins:
"Back then we worked at Center for Internet and Society at New Economic School, Moscow. In February we visited Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. After spending a week in this intellectually fruitful environment, we have made a decision to found something similiar; our basic idea was that people need a space to initiate research, exchange drafts, and discuss texts together, rather than alone by themselves. At first we only had a room on Solyanka street and later we moved our regular meetings to Nekrasov Library".
In 2016 together with Evgeniya Suvorina we have organized the first conference. We managed to gather a wide variety of speakers with amazing topics. After such a pleasant experience we have decided to organize conferences each year from now on.
In 2016 Leonid Yuldashev joined the club and we have seriously engaged researching internet in Russian regions and organizing educational initiatives. We have made an online school, a research initiative as well as organized the second conference (even better than the previous one!) and published monthly news digest covering different topics concerning internet & society.
Here you can see a PPT presentation devoted to club's biennium.
From 2017 the club has launched its own research projects. We study internet and web history, (non-)participation in the digital sphere, the relationship between the internet and the state, YouTube culture, and many more. We also collaborate with our partners.
Moreover, club hosts regular seminars and readings. We also go to the movies and art exhibitions together that touch upon central themes of the club.