September 8th, 2011

Էլիտայի մասին



¶1. Armenians who engage in serious discussions in the blogosphere
are still a rather elite, western-oriented group, although many
ordinary Armenians use Russian-language social networking and other
sites which can include a less informed debate of the issues.
Internet penetration is still rather low, (around 10-12 percent, but
access via mobile phones is growing quickly). At an Embassy
roundtable, bloggers noted the important role that new media plays
in an open press, civil society development, and as a tool of track
two diplomatic efforts in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh (N-K)
conflict. They welcomed USG participation in online debates and
suggested ways we could aid in the development of social media in
Armenia, emphasizing the need for training and infrastructure
support. End summary.
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