only search openDemocracy.net

This week’s front page editor

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Digital giants are trading away our right to privacy

Today, the big tech race is for data extractivism from those yet to be 'connected' in the world – tech companies will use all their power to achieve a global regime in which small nations cannot regulate either data extraction or localisation. 

Internet access, sustainability, and citizen participation: electricity as a prerequisite for democracy?

Democracy is not innate but learned, and access to information is the critical link between education and democracy. But access to information is fundamentally uneven, especially for people in the Global South.

The digital revolution in Havana: between liberation and submission

How might Cubans make actual the words of revolution, so that they recall not only past glory, but one that could come? Is digital development part of an agenda of renovation, and in what capacity?

Silencing dissent: digital capitalism, the military junta and Thailand’s permanent state of exception

In the last three years of military rule in Thailand, prosecutions for defamation, sedition and computer crimes offences have soared. Global social media platforms are ground zero in this repression.

A new digital trade agenda: are we giving away the Internet?

Will this foster digital rights, or leave us with even lower standards and a concentrated, quasi-monopolistic market benefiting from public infrastructure?

The free space for data monopolies in Europe is shrinking

If the new EU data protection regulation is enforced equally for EU and non-EU companies, supported by anti-trust and consumer protection laws, new types of data-based monopolization could be controlled.

Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Participatory democracy has been hijacked by business-led multistakeholderism, and 'presence and power' are replaced as tokens of people's political involvement.

Syndicate content