Russia plans to create a “Facebook state”
The Kremlin plans to create its own Social Network like Facebook, where users can have personal accounts, upload content and discuss different topics. The system will start operating this month and will be built on a site called russiawithoutidiots.rf, a website created by the Government to claim that citizens regarding the work of state officials.
The initiative is part of a plan to create an e-government in Russia led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
The likelihood of success of this network, however, is viewed with skepticism within Russia itself. It is difficult to compete with popular sites in that country, as Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki.
The project has been seen by some as an attempt by government to fight with the opposition on the web, a place where opponents are very strong. One of the biggest critics of President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, became famous through his blog, for example.
Russia is the country with more Internet users in Europe, so this is a very important territory.
Link: From Russian with likes: Kremlin to launch Facebook-style social network (The Guardian)Tags: e-government, Government, Russia, Social Network