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  1. Today, many sociologists and philosophers are trying to understand the Internet, virtuality and network society to one degree or another. And every year there are more and more works, as digitalization processes penetrate into all areas of our lives. This topic is already very broad, and more and more narrow special studies are being conducted. For example, I myself defended my PhD thesis on the impact of virtual social networks on protest activity, where, as it seems to me, I considered a very, very wide pool of authors on this issue.

    Nevertheless, if you make my personal list of the most iconic foreign authors, then it would definitely be presentManuel Castells (“Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture“, “Networks of Outrage and Hope. Social Movements in the Internet Age“), Howard Reinhold (“Smart crowd“), Mark Granovetter (“The strength of weak ties“),Pekka Himanen (“Hacker ethics and the spirit of Informationalism“,Clay Shirky (“Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations“), Evgeny Morozov (“The Internet as an illusion. Reverse side of the network“) andDana Boyd (yes, that's right, with a small letter) (“Everything is complicated. Life of teenagers in social networks“). Among Russian researchers, I would single out Dmitry Ivanov (“Virtualization of society. Version 2.0.“),Galina Gradoselskaya (“Social network analysis“), Yevgenia Efimova (“Social Internet networks (methodology and practice of research)“),Daria Maltseva (“Network approach in sociology“) andPolina Kolozaridi (“Internet research as a field of social sciences: a theoretical and methodological analysis“).

  2. First of all, you should read the works of Manuel Castels, Jan van Dyck. I also advise you to take a look at the works of Vladimir Ignatiev, Doctor of Philosophy from Novosibirsk, who focuses on the information society and virtual spaces.

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