From Russia with Code: Programming Migrations in Post-Soviet Times

Author:   Mario Biagioli ,  Vincent Antonin Lepinay
Publisher:   Duke University Press
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9781478002994


Pages:   384
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Format:   Paperback
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While Russian computer scientists are notorious for their interference in the 2016 US presidential election, they are ubiquitous on Wall Street and coveted by international IT firms and often perceive themselves as the present manifestation of the past glory of Soviet scientific prowess. Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews, the contributors to From Russia with Code trace the practices, education, careers, networks, migrations, and lives of Russian IT professionals at home and abroad, showing how they function as key figures in the tense political and ideological environment of technological innovation in post-Soviet Russia. Among other topics, they analyze coders' creation of both transnational communities and local networks of political activists; Moscow's use of IT funding to control peripheral regions; brain drain and the experiences of coders living abroad in the United Kingdom, United States, Israel, and Finland; and the possible meanings of Russian computing systems in a heterogeneous nation and industry. Highlighting the centrality of computer scientists to post-Soviet economic mobilization in Russia, the contributors offer new insights into the difficulties through which a new entrepreneurial culture emerges in a rapidly changing world. Contributors. Irina Antoschyuk, Mario Biagioli, Ksenia Ermoshina, Marina Fedorova, Andrey Indukaev, Alina Kontareva, Diana Kurkovsky, Vincent Lepinay, Alexandra Masalskaya, Daria Savchenko, Liubava Shatokhina, Alexandra Simonova, Ksenia Tatarchenko, Zinaida Vasilyeva, Dimitrii Zhikharevich

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Author:   Mario Biagioli ,  Vincent Antonin Lepinay
Publisher:   Duke University Press
Imprint:   Duke University Press
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9781478002994


ISBN 10:   1478002999
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   03 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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List of Abbreviations vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Russian Economies of Code / Mario Biagioli and Vincent Lepinay 1 I. Coding Collectives 1. Before the Collapse: Programming Cultures in the Soviet Union / Ksenia Tatarchenko 39 2. From Lurker to Ninja: Creating an IT Community at Yandex / Marina Fedorova 59 3. For Code and Country: Civic Hackers in Contemporary Russia / Ksenia Ermoshina 87 II. Outward-Looking Enclaves 4. At the Periphery of the Empire: Recycling Japanese Cars into Vladivostok's IT Communuity / Alexandra Masalskaya and Zinaida Vasilyeva 113 5. Kazan Connected: IT-ing Up a Province / Alina Kontareva 145 6. Hackerspaces and Technoparks in Moscow / Aleksandra Simonova 167 7. Siberian Software Developers / Andrey Inkukaev 195 8. E-Estonia Reprogrammed: Nation Branding and Children Coding / Daria Savchenko 213 III. Interlude: Russian Maps 9. Post-Soviet Ecosystems of IT / Dmitrii Zhikharevich 231 IV. Bridges and Mismatches 10. Migrating Step by Step: Russian Computer Specialists in the UK / Irina Antoschyuk 271 11. Brain Drain and Boston's Upper-Middle Tech / Diana Kurkovsky West 297 12. Jews in Russia and Russians in Israel / Marina Fedorova 319 13. Russian Programmers in Finland: Self-Presentation in Migration Narratives / Lyubava Shatokhina 347 Contributors 365 Index 369

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Mario Biagioli is Distinguished Professor of Law, Science and Technology Studies, and History at the University of California, Davis. Vincent Lepinay is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Medialab at Sciences Po (Paris).

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