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THE THEORY OF FINANCE: A NOVEL FINANCE MODEL BEING FORMED ON THE INTERNET

MAGOMET YANDIEV,
LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY, ECONOMICS FACULTY

Abstract. The present paper argues that the present Internet conditions favour an entirely new finance model. Understood to soon supplement the existing ones (classical finance, corporate finance, and Islamic finance), it is argued that the new model will be defined by the destructive effect it is to have on the contemporary financial infrastructure of most countries, and the advent of the ‘future money value exceeds its present one’ principle.

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GENDER IDENTITY AND LANGUAGE BEHAVIOUR OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING INTERNET USERS (INTERNET CHAT ROOM AND BLOG USERS)

OLGA GUKOSYANTS,
PYATIGORSK STATE LINGUISTICS UNIVERCITY

Abstract: The present paper lists gender-specific speech markers employed by English-speaking Internet chat room and blog users, as observed in 2 500 contextualised situations. Masking one’s gender identity is found to be achieved by employing opposite gender-specific linguistic means.

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METHODOLOGY FOR CONDUCTING FOCUSED INTERVIEW ONLINE: A CASE STUDY

YEVGENIYA DANILOVA,
BAIKAL STATE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND LAW

Abstract. The term ‘online focused interview’ (or focus group) is commonly understood to refer to, primarily, marketing research or small-scale group analyses of online conference users. The potential scope for applying this empirical sociology technique, however, is much wider, including both basic and applied research. Making use of the Internet to organise a focused interview makes conducting a research a substantially less complex procedure, without affecting its quality or reliability of findings. If adapted to modern information technologies, this technique offers wider and more in-depth ways of applying the focus group method to labour and HR management, psychology, sociology, and marketing. The present paper provides a step-by-step analysis of the online focused interview technique through a comprehensive case study of a pilot sociological study conducted on the Internet.

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USING THE BLOGOSPHERE FOR MONITORING SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE PERFORMANCE

POLINA SHTERK, YEVGENIYA DRAGUNOVA,
NOVOSIBIRSK STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Abstract. The present paper presents blogosphere analysis as an alternative method of monitoring small and medium enterprise performance in Russian federation subjects. The study, carried out using publicly available online tools, reveals the main challenges facing SMEs in the Siberian Federal District of Russia, with the most widely discussed topics being the tax system and enterprise support programs. 

Keywords: monitoring, blogosphere, social networks, small and medium enterprise, federal subject classification.

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LINGUISTIC ICONISM IN ACADEMIC AND ONLINE DISCOURSE

SVETLANA SHLYAKHOVA,
STATE NATIONAL RESEARCH POLYTECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF PERM

Abstract: The present paper reviews major avenues of research into linguistic iconism, revealing key problems and establishing the degree to which this sphere of academic studies is represented online. To solve these problems, a universal information environment (an international website) for academic, educational, and innovative efforts in studying linguistic iconism is proposed. The number of academic centres and schools devoted to the problem already established in Russia (in St. Petersburg, Pyatigorsk, Biysk, Perm, Saratov, and Ufa), the paper argues, makes the country the optimal base for launching the project. Contemporary Russian academic theories of linguistic iconism contend that the linguistic sign is non-arbitrary and motivated, reinvigorating the iconic theory of the origin of the language, modelling the proto-conceptual iconic language space, and fuelling software developments aimed at phonosemantic and colour and graphical analysis of language (Russian, English, Tatar, and Bashkir).

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BUDGET AND FINANCE TRANSPARENCY IN THE 2014 RANKING OF FEDERAL SUBJECTS OF RUSSIA’S REGIONAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITES

MAKSIM BUREYEV, ANTON SHUMOV, YEGOR YAKOVLEV, ET AL.,
FINANCIAL UNIVERSITY UNDER THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Abstract. The present paper deals with analysing official local government websites of Federal subjects of Russia to find the one featuring the best framework for the disclosure of budget data, the visualising of information and overall design. The three leading contenders that received top marks are websites of the Leningrad, Altai, and Krasnoyarsk regions.

Keywords: ranking, Russia, region, transparency, budget. 

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2015 INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES SAFETY RATINGS

The Safe Internet League, with the assistance of the National Rating Agency (Russia), has issued popular Internet search engine companies rankings to illustrate how safe for underage users their search engines were in 2014 and early 2015 when used at their standard and strictest security settings.

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