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Keywords:

  • Kyrgyzstan;
  • blogging;
  • community;
  • social networks;
  • Central Asia;
  • Internet;
  • citizen journalism;
  • transnational

This paper presents the results of our corroborated study of grassroots Internet sites and authors in the nation of Kyrgyzstan, exceptional in Central Asia for its deregulated Internet policy. The study presents a set of semistructured interviews with notable grassroots Internet authors and activists, including bloggers, forum participants, and journalists, and analyzes this data via a critical communication and media studies lens to point to significant implications on emergent social, cultural, and political movements in the nation.