Many will pay homage next month to the October Revolution, or the Great October Socialist Revolution, which opened the door for Socialist rule throughout the former USSR. Russia is home to the third-largest under 24 national population who uses "advanced mobile data," according to Nielsen.
Yet, the Russian government hasn't adopted the same system as DC Government. D.C. Government is one of the first cities in the U.S. to adopt a social media monitoring platform to grade the performance of its workers and various agencies.
Social media has revolutionized the way people around the globe act and react to events, no matter how near or far. This issue was easily covered during the PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference being held at he Elliott School of International Affairs [at The George Washington University].
Oxana Shevel, Tufts University, moderated a panel entitled, RUSSIAN PROTESTS: MOTIVATIONS AND MECHANISMS, where Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University; Theodore Gerber, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Mark Kramer, Harvard University; spoke on the rise of social media and how it has effected Vladimir Putin, Russian President, if any.
Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) focuses on this issue, while DC Government has often supported social media. In fact, on DC Government's website, they recommend citizens sign up for updates.
Russia is filled with millions of 18 to 27-year-olds who are prepared to push their nation in the realm of social and economic change.
The rise in social media has made a home for everyone.
The primary site is Vkontakte, a Russian site similar to Facebook, and its helping the Russian demographic reach out to various global communities. Founder Pavel Durov touts having more than 210 million registered users with up to 47 million people checking in daily; but the organization is having its membership sucked by it's Western foe: Facebook.
Facebook launched in Russia in January 2010, and within the first four months usage in that country grew by 376%. Currently, there are more than 45 million unique users daily.
One of Twitter's well-known Russian tweeters is Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian President.
Day 2 will highlight Russia's ability to being a reliable security partner to the world, the upcoming Russian Winter Olympics, and Russia's relationship with Europe.
* Odnoklassniki is the the second largest social media site in Russia, designed for reconnecting with old classmates and friends.
* VKontakte (VK) offered U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden a job as a programmer, according to The New York Times. VK is most popular in Russia,Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Belarus, and Israel.
PONARS is comprised of over 80 North American and post-Soviet Eurasian academics who seek out and debate new policies in research and security in Russia and Eurasia by forging relationships between academics and policy wonks. It was originally launched in the late 1990s at Harvard University by Celeste A. Wallander. The organization is located at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at GWU.