The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries

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With important new revelations into the Russian hacking of the 2016 Presidential campaigns

"[Andrei Soldatov is] the single most prominent critic of Russia's surveillance apparatus." -Edward Snowden


After the Moscow protests in 2011-2012, Vladimir Putin became terrified of the internet as a dangerous means for political mobilization and uncensored public debate. Only four years later, the Kremlin used that same platform to disrupt the 2016 presidential election in the United States. How did this transformation happen?

The Red Web is a groundbreaking history of the Kremlin's massive online-surveillance state that exposes just how easily the internet can become the means for repression, control, and geopolitical warfare. In this bold, updated edition, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan offer a perspective from Moscow with new and previously unreported details of the 2016 hacking operation, telling the story of how Russia came to embrace the disruptive potential of the web and interfere with democracy around the world.

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Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan are cofounders of Agentura.Ru and authors of The New Nobility. Their work has been featured in the New York Times, Moscow Times, Washington Post, Online Journalism Review, Le Monde, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and BBC. The New York Times has called Agentura.ru "a web site that came in from the cold to unveil Russian secrets." Soldatov and Borogan live in Moscow, Russia.
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PublicAffairs
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Sep 8, 2015
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384
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9781610395748
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English
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Computers / Security / General
History / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Political Science / World / Russian & Former Soviet Union
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