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About Magnus Nome

Magnus Nome is a former Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy (May 2012 - July 2014). Before he joined oD he worked as a writer, journalist and broadcaster in Oslo, and was Editor-in-Chief of Teddy TV. Twitter: @magnusnome 

Articles by Magnus Nome

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Heartfelt rationality

The side effects of good intentions and tolerance can be more suffering. We must let our hearts set our goals, but use the mind to pursue them. Our former Editor-in-Chief, reflecting on rationality and the fallout of a TV-series. Archive: This article was first published on October 1, 2012.

Passing the torch

openDemocracy's Editor-in-Chief is stepping down this summer to pursue new challenges. Here he writes about his two years at the helm of oD. 

Words and money

Our Editor-in-Chief responds to Yasmin Nair, who argues that those who write for free are 'scabs'.

openDemocracy - here to stay

Our Editor-in-Chief on our 2013 turnaround and how our readers can strengthen our influence for years to come

The Norwegian shift to the right: 10 short lessons on The Progress Party

Notes from EICNorway seems to have taken a sharp turn to the right, and some have warned of right-wing extremism in a bastion of social democracy. A ten-step guide to understanding The Progress Party. 

The many beliefs of openDemocracy

Replying to criticism of openDemocracy's tone and belief, our Editor-in-Chief describes it as a home to a wide variety of opinions and convictions, all of which it's good for us to be exposed to

Don't say 'I told you so'

Notes from EICAvoid the temptation to be smug about it: Snowden's leaks matter, and others will follow.

Retake your privacy

The US can read your emails because you let them. Demand privacy – but take it back first.

Introducing the oDBlog

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Our Editor-in-Chief says hello, and introduces the new openDemocracy blog.


We did it!

Thank you to all of you for helping us reach £250,000 - openDemocracy will stay open!

Less than ten thousand to go

There is less than £10,000 to go in our campaign to keep oD open. With the reminder of openDemocracy's early foresight on the Iraq war, our Editor-in-Chief asks you to walk with us over the finishing line. 

Where are the openDemocracy readers?

In the latest campaign blog, our Editor-in-Chief gives a shout out to our readers no matter where they are and asks you to consider supporting us or nudging a friend to do so

Thank you for getting us halfway there - only £24,000 to go

Campaign blogOur Editor-in-Chief opens our campaign blog and pays tribute to the magnificent response so far to #KeepODopen

Keep openDemocracy open

openDemocracy needs your help to survive. We have to raise £18,000 by March 31 – if we don’t, we will have to close.

A convenient "tie"

A tie that isn't quite what it seems, and a US election sideshow: pundit gut v nerd calculator. 

Trilogy of tragedy

Three texts taken together invoke Norway’s darkest day in peacetime.

Sports for people who don't like sports

With the selection of the politically extreme Paul Ryan as his VP candidate, Romney will energize Obama’s base as well as his own, making it a watchable race for those who enjoy political blood sports.

The death of a controversy?

Non-news about a "controversy" on life support, an inconsequential U-turn and the unfortunate fact that schadenfreude won't save the climate.

Notes from the Editor-in-Chief

Our Editor-in-Chief launches a new front page feature. His first note reflects on Norway's past year and the need for eternal vigilance both against online hate speech and the new manacles on internet freedom in the pipeline.

A message from the new Editor-in-Chief

If we want a functioning democracy and to understand what goes on behind the scenes we need places like openDemocracy. Our new Editor-in-Chief thanks all our contributors and asks for your support.

Why let facts ruin the story? Norwegian comments on US coverage of the Norway terror

Instead of getting the facts, the US media seemed most concerned making reality fit their pre-fabricated narrative.

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