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Of States and Borders on the Internet: The role of domain name extensions in expressions of nationalism online in Kazakhstan

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Of States and Borders on the Internet : The role of domain name extensions in expressions of nationalism online in Kazakhstan. / Shklovski, Irina; Struthers, David.

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title = "Of States and Borders on the Internet: The role of domain name extensions in expressions of nationalism online in Kazakhstan",
abstract = "The space of the Internet is often described as easy to traverse with no regard for national borders. Yet few have considered what such easy border crossings on the Internet might mean to the ordinary people actually doing the traversing. Our qualitative study of regular Internet users in Kazakhstan shows that the naming of a state-controlled space on the Internet, through the use of country code top-level domain names (ccTLDs), does in fact matter to the average user. People are aware of national boundary traversals as they navigate the Internet. Respondents in our study identified their activity on the Internet as happening within or outside the space of the state to which they felt allegiance and belonging. National borders are demarcated on the Internet through naming via ccTLDs and can result in individual expressions of various types of nationalism online. We find that ccTLDs are not just symbolic markers but have real meaning and their importance increases in locations where notions of statehood are in flux.",
author = "Irina Shklovski and David Struthers",
note = "Shklovski, Irina and Struthers, David M. (2010) {"}Of States and Borders on the Internet: The Role of Domain Name Extensions in Expressions of Nationalism Online in Kazakhstan,{"} Policy & Internet: Vol. 2: Iss. 4, Article 5. ; Internet, Politics and Policy 2010: An Impact Assessment, IPP2010 ; Conference date: 16-09-2010 Through 17-09-2010",
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doi = "10.2202/1944-2866.1075",
language = "English",
journal = "Policy & Internet",
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publisher = "Wiley",
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TY - JOUR

T1 - Of States and Borders on the Internet

T2 - Internet, Politics and Policy 2010: An Impact Assessment

AU - Shklovski, Irina

AU - Struthers, David

N1 - Shklovski, Irina and Struthers, David M. (2010) "Of States and Borders on the Internet: The Role of Domain Name Extensions in Expressions of Nationalism Online in Kazakhstan," Policy & Internet: Vol. 2: Iss. 4, Article 5.

PY - 2010/12

Y1 - 2010/12

N2 - The space of the Internet is often described as easy to traverse with no regard for national borders. Yet few have considered what such easy border crossings on the Internet might mean to the ordinary people actually doing the traversing. Our qualitative study of regular Internet users in Kazakhstan shows that the naming of a state-controlled space on the Internet, through the use of country code top-level domain names (ccTLDs), does in fact matter to the average user. People are aware of national boundary traversals as they navigate the Internet. Respondents in our study identified their activity on the Internet as happening within or outside the space of the state to which they felt allegiance and belonging. National borders are demarcated on the Internet through naming via ccTLDs and can result in individual expressions of various types of nationalism online. We find that ccTLDs are not just symbolic markers but have real meaning and their importance increases in locations where notions of statehood are in flux.

AB - The space of the Internet is often described as easy to traverse with no regard for national borders. Yet few have considered what such easy border crossings on the Internet might mean to the ordinary people actually doing the traversing. Our qualitative study of regular Internet users in Kazakhstan shows that the naming of a state-controlled space on the Internet, through the use of country code top-level domain names (ccTLDs), does in fact matter to the average user. People are aware of national boundary traversals as they navigate the Internet. Respondents in our study identified their activity on the Internet as happening within or outside the space of the state to which they felt allegiance and belonging. National borders are demarcated on the Internet through naming via ccTLDs and can result in individual expressions of various types of nationalism online. We find that ccTLDs are not just symbolic markers but have real meaning and their importance increases in locations where notions of statehood are in flux.

U2 - 10.2202/1944-2866.1075

DO - 10.2202/1944-2866.1075

M3 - Journal article

JO - Policy & Internet

JF - Policy & Internet

SN - 1944-2866

Y2 - 16 September 2010 through 17 September 2010

ER -

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