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Digital Hegemony and the Russia-Ukraine War

Journal: Communication and Diplomacy (Vol.2022, No. 8)

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Page : 8-43

Keywords : Internet; Social Media; Russia-Ukraine War; Dependency; Foreign Policy;

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In this article, the impact of US-based, global hi-tech companies like Google or Starlink, on the Russia and Ukraine War. Also, grounding from this sample, further projections about the traditional debate on MNC's ( Multinational Companies) v.s. state, will be made. Since the US Presidential Elections held in 2008 and Occupy Wall Street Movements, social media and internet started to be used for political means. With the start of the Arab Spring events, the sphere of influence of such politically oriented movements on the internet, became international. Then, with the Second Karabakh War ( The 44 Days War) , social media, internet and misinformation started to be used directly for foreign policy interests. Moreover, it can be asserted that, with the cultural and technologic sanctions imposed on Russian people while popular hi-tech and communication sector willingfully make their services easier to use for Ukrainian authorities, the process of using social media and internet for specific foreign policy goals, entered into the maturity period. Considering the increasing importance of hi-tech goods in our daily lives, sampling from the habits that we got during the Covid-19 pandemic, the effect of the companies that provide these products and services, will raise. Adding lack of home-grown alternatives for these products and know-how transfer, this one-sided dependency could bring weaknesses for several nation-states.

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