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About David Krivanek

David Krivanek is an Associate Editor of openDemocracy. He was previously editor of Can Europe Make It? and digitaLiberties. He currently works for an international organisation in Beirut.

Articles by David Krivanek

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Street surveillance and skyrocketing self-defence

At the World Forum for Democracy 2015, we interviewed the former Electronic Frontier Foundation activist about their work, hopes for inspiring legislative change, and building on the stubborn success of Max Schrems.

A lot of chatter about terrorism

An interview with Tim Wilson, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner on privacy, accountability, representation, proportionality, free speech and free societies.

Critical masses, chilling effects, and coalitions

Intelligence sharing today is in essence a way for one agency to do the job that another can’t do because of the safeguards placed on it. Interview.  

Totally unbalanced power

"I don’t want to live in a society where everyone can be controlled, their data collected and stored, and then used for whatever purposes private companies want." Interview.

Where do we stand as we seek the balance between freedom and control?

As leaders, we have to overcome all of our historical, political, cultural divides and work towards building trust between communities.” Interview.

Freedom and control in the surveillance age (Part 1)

What (if any) is the 'right level' of surveillance? openDemocracy's editors introduce a new partnership with the World Forum for Democracy.

Exiled in Senegal

Damien Froidevaux’s Death of the Serpent God is not about politics, and yet it is a deeply political film. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015.

To curtail mass surveillance, you have to be pragmatic: an interview with Jacob Mchangama

Strong civil mobilization fronted by the think tank Justitia prevented the Danish government from introducing unbridled mass surveillance. Justitia's Executive Director tells us how they achieved this.

Charlie Hebdo, a non-clash of civilisations

The Charlie Hebdo attack was an act of violence by deranged individuals. It should not be interpreted as a replay of the Huntingtonian clash of civilisations, somehow justifying past stigmatisation and future backslash against Muslim populations.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss the far right in Europe (part one)

Our young bloggers from across the EU discuss the rise of the far right in Europe. Part two here.

Euro elections 2014: You Tell Us bloggers discuss the far right in Europe (part two)

Our young bloggers from across the EU discuss the rise of the far right in Europe. Part one here.

Can Europe make it? looks back at 2013

The editors of our Can Europe make it? debate pick some favourite articles from 2013, and wish you all the best for the new year.


Scotland's future: in Europe

Yesterday, the SNP launched it's blueprint for a new Scotland. This week, OurKingdom is publishing a number of responses. Here, David Krivanek, editor of Can Europe Make It examines the European angle

Calling for young European bloggers

Are you between the ages of 18 to 25, living in a European country and/or with an interest in European issues? We are looking for bloggers just like you ahead of the 2014 European election.

Are we sleepwalking into a lost generation?

Youth unemployment in Europe is a social bomb waiting to explode, and yet another proof of the EU’s lack of vision. So what is there to be done?

Introducing Spotlight on Germany

Our new Spotlight on series tackles a major question: is Germany boring?

#keepODopen: notes from the Twitter campaign trail

Our Associate Editor gives a behind-the-scenes look at the #keepODopen campaign. How does a small organisation such as openDemocracy develop an effective social media strategy?

The democratic game – when it gets serious

In a remarkable article, Benjamin Ward uses his analysis of intolerance in Europe to suggest solutions, a line many are still wary of crossing. 
This is, however, where we start to disagree.

A wimpish speech

By choosing to put party politics before national and European interests, David Cameron has above all shot himself in the foot.

Lessons from the periphery

Democratising the EU is not about Europhilia or Euroscepticism. In modern society, power and democratic accountability go hand in hand. European leaders should draw inspiration from the Union's periphery!

Once more, without passion?

In a few hours, the world will finally know if Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States. Our 'How it looks from here' series concludes with a tour d'horizon around the globe - what are people thinking as they await the outcome?

Calling for democracy from behind closed doors

Of course, bringing all of the passengers onto the Captain's bridge wouldn't have saved the Titanic. But the current situation in Europe is closer to having all the first class passengers fighting over how to steer the wheel, while those in second and third class jump off the ship in disgust.

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