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About Richard Barbrook

Richard Barbrook is a senior lecturer in the school of social sciences, humanities and languages at the University of Westminster, London.

Articles by Richard Barbrook

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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Digital democracy and technological sovereignty

Panel discussion: what place does technology have in the decline of neoliberalism, and the rise of populism? As social dependency on the Silicon Valley increases, how should we fight for our technological sovereignty? (108 minutes)

Digital democracy meets the oligarchs uptown

If Labour is to win the next general election, these activists must enthuse those who aren't their Facebook friends, Twitter followers or blog readers.

Digital citizenship: from liberal privilege to democratic emancipation

On the anniversary of the Magna Carta, a call for a new debate on the conception of citizenship. Let’s seize the opportunity to transform our utopian dreams into everyday life.

Richard Barbrook

By 2050, as predicted by Karl Marx, the global ubiquity of political democracy and civil rights will have created the preconditions for victory in the next great struggle of humanity: the emancipation of labour from the tyranny of capital.

Class Wargames

Virtual dreams, real politics

The net embodies the information society long imagined by knowledge elites in east and west, so why is utopia no closer? Richard Barbrook dissects the influence of cold-war-era technological fantasies on the internet age, and looks beyond to a human-centred politics that keeps the future open.

Imaginary futures: frozen and fluid time

The visions of artificial intelligence and the information society are premised on an ever-arriving, ever-receding future that evades their true origin, argues Richard Barbrook.

The gift of the net

The polarity between anarchy and oligarchy deforms Siva Vaidhayanathan’s vision of the future of the net. Beneath the rhetoric, he and Bill Thompson share a belief in the net's democratic potential. But Siva does point to a real danger: that state and commodifying forces will undermine the liberating ‘gift economy' that lies at the heart of the net.
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