March-May 2018
Club for Internet and Society Enthusiasts opens the set to the online school. We do create the space for education and research that could allow us to learn Internet studies practically.

The school will be held for 8 weeks (March 15-May 15).

The best lecturers and researchers from Russia and worldwide will talk on research's various aspects, theories, methods and most significant problems. In general projects we will address the issues of global importance while using Russian data.

Over the course of 8 weeks the participants understand what the Internet-scholars do, acquire theoretical and practical skills and work in a list of running projects. On its final we will get results of different kinds useful for both practitioners and theorists.

To apply the school, select the project and send us a mail ( On March 5 you will receive a letter informing you on the selection's results.

Even if there will not be an opportunity to accept your application, you could study all the materials of the school on your own — as they will appear in public.
7 goals and 7 issues
  1. Publications in scientific journals / in media
  2. Special projects and partnerships
  3. Clearly written reports
  4. Developed research methods
  5. Collective research blogs
  6. Researchers' network in a list of cities of Russia
  7. May conference events: sections, round tables.
  1. How did the Internet's development differ in various cities of Russia?
  2. Why do users resist innovation and refuse to apply it?
  3. How does the communication in parents online communities influence the formation of parenthood?
  4. Is there a need to be well-known in your city or region to become famous?
  5. How did the views of the state and the media on Internet change over the time?
  6. How and why do video bloggers take on the public person's functions and which are the features of this publicity?
  7. What happens to the body on the Internet? How does body act and what affects it?
The principles and the idea
  • The school is a space to collectively produce knowledge. No matter how old are you, where do you work or study; the only thing matters is to share the view of what research is and to be ready to learn and work together.
  • The school is a space to learn and act. If you are interested in our lectures' topics, you could apply. You will have to listen to lectures and perform the tasks, so each of them could be the part of the overall project.
  • The issues we are interested in arise now in science all around the globe. Russia cases fit into the global agenda. Our working language is Russian, but many texts for reading are in English, and English is partly going to be our writing language.
  • According to the school's results, a part of the will projects get some real material, and a part will only begin to act in its full force. Therefore, if in perspective you want to work with a topic, it is worth to begin to do it with us.
Project descriptions
History of the Internet
  • How did the Internet develop in Russian cities?
  • Who were and still remain the main actors of the process? Why did they begin working with the Internet, if we speak about business, government, activists? What kind of relationships arose between them?
  • What level of locality different Internet-projects had? Where did the urban of even yard network appear and why did they cease to exist? Which projects appear on the local level now?
What do we do:
  • Do research, using different data types: statistics, qualitative reports
  • Make up the local Internet timeline
  • Develop research topics and write a draft for the book

Lecturers: Annette Markham, Kevin Driscoll, William Dutton, Denis Sivkov
Tutors: Leonid Yuldashev, Olga Dovbysh, Elena Gudova, Ksenia Antonova, Evgenia Kleshcheva, Alexandra Goncharova
Members needed: 30
Digital disengagement
• How is the Interned perceived by IT specialists?
• Do they ever resist using some part of the Internet, and if so, which one?
• How does the Internet-related work transform the possibility of the Internet's personal use (self-presentation, personal communication, creative implementation)?
What do we do:
  • Make biographical interviews
  • Write a scientific article on a UK-joint grant
  • Create an information project on what it means to be user and how not to be one

Lecturers: Adi Kunzman, Charles Ess, Helen Helssper
Tutors: Adi Kunzman, Anna Schetvina
Members needed: 4
Youtube video bloggers
  • Which genres of video blogging exist?
  • How do they form communities with each other and with the audience?
  • How do bloggers perform peer education, what is being taught (if so)? How do the audience react?
  • How and why do video bloggers take on the public person's functions and which are the features of this publicity (as non-textual, platform-related etc)?
What do we do:
  • Watch vlogs and classify them
  • Conduct content analysis of the comments
  • Conduct video analysis of the vlogs
  • Interview fans and regular viewers

Gene Burgess, Crystal Abidin, danah boyd
Tutors: Konstantin Gabov, Ksenia Babushkina
Members needed: 10
Parents online communities
  • Are there any regional differences in the image of the parenthood fixable online, and which ones?
  • Parenting online: which formats are there in the Internet for the parents' collective communication?
  • Does the variety of parenting experience increase? What is the Internet's role in the process?
  • How is the parents' economic activity structured (when it is build around children-related topics), and what is the role of online here?
What do we do:
  • Collect a database for the regions where from our informants are, study the content
  • Interview parents and community organizers
  • Compile a «good practices» collection from parents communities
  • Write articles, conduct blog on the research
Lecturers: Anna Shadrina, Zhanna Chernova, Ivan Pavlyutkin,
Sonia Livingston
Tutors: Olga Verbilovich, Oksana Dorofeeva, Tatiana Fomicheva, Elizaveta Sivak, Yana Kozmina
Members needed: 10
Discourses on the Internet by the state and the media
  • What do the state and the media say about the Internet? How it is changed over the past 20 years?
  • Does the media discourse depend on what the state is doing, and what else affects it?
  • How does the state and the media develop the idea on the security and risks related to the Internet?
What do we do:
  • Work with databases of media and government publications
  • Write two large scientific articles
  • Create a map of the state's main actors and the Internet-managing organizations: who is who
Lecturers: Annette Markham, Elizabeth Davidson, Patrice Flichy, Martin Bauer
Tutors: Alexandra Keidia, Evgenia Suvorina, Alena Kolesnikova, Marina Kalashnikova
Members needed: 10
Body and the Internet
  • Not asking anything at first, we just go to the Internet and k where there is a body - and then try to reflect its place there
  • We do speak on Internet-practices, where the body constitutes a central element: when do someone look at someone, when someone post himself on the Internet
  • We do clarify the reasons, involvements, various emotional and social manifestations
What do we do:
  • Observe on the Internet
  • Study in practice the possibilities of technological bodily-sensory tracking methods and its subsequent interpretation including self-tracking
  • Collect the multimedia materials, basing on ethic correctness

Lecturers: Don Aidi, Olga Marquez, Irina Sirotkina, Timur Schukin, Sergei Sokolovsky
Tutors: Elena Sokolova, Olga Remneva, Sergey Shevchenko
Members needed: 10
Creativity on the Internet and in the city
  • What role does the local (urban) interaction network play in how users become famous?
  • Does it still have any sense to be "the first guy in the village", i.e. in the city? Or have the social networks cancelled this need?
What do we do:
  • With the help of network analysis we do learn how friends were added to the well-known creativity-associated Vkontakte users
  • Make a media project on the history of users, write scientific / journalistic text

Lecturers: Berry Wellman
Tutors: Sergei Paranko
Members needed: 10

Organizers of a school — Club for Internet and Society enthusiasts. It is informal community of the Internet researchers. The Club's work involves academics, artists, journalist, students, IT specialists and activists.

Since 2015 we hold seminars, conferences, do the translations of English-language articles, books and study programs on Internet. We have some educational projects and a big research.

Club's website.