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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

"التنمر الإلكتروني" في أوساط السوريين: فهم خاطئ أم أسلوب حياة؟

الحرب ليست نزهة نخرج منها بصحة نفسية أفضل، إلا أن هذا ليس مبرراً للتحول إلى وحوش. ومجرد أنك لا ترى دم ضحيتك لا يعني بالضرورة أنك لم تقتلها.

The Israeli algorithm criminalizing Palestinians for online dissent

Israeli intelligence has developed a predictive policing system – a computer algorithm – that analyzes social media posts to identify Palestinian “suspects.”

Now in English, our eBook: The ecosystem of an open democracy

<<The ecosystem of an open democracy>> is an eBook about political innovation in Latin America and Spain that democraciaAbierta has co-published along with apps4citizens in Barcelona. Español

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

Social media is still powerful in Egypt

Mina Fayek

Could social media help build another uprising soon?

 

Don't feed the trolls? Cultivating civility online

A general truism about dealing with online trolls says never to give them the attention they crave. But the Internet isn't a murky realm us polite folks ignore, it's a constantly contested space. Let's use civility to slay the trolls.

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.

The future of Russia's i-curtain

Hot on the heels of a new law establishing a register of forbidden sites, Russian authorities are now promoting a system of 'virtual' borders and international supervision. Their proposal has so far failed to find significant support, but Russia will keep trying, says Irina Borogan

Authentic journalism: weapon of the people

The path out of the crises wrought by commercial journalism opens when citizens steal back the mission that big media claimed but failed to do: Honest, coherent storytelling.

The web is not dead: a response to Bill Thompson

Is the world wide web evolving, dying or merely pining for the fjords? A young web developer takes issue with Bill Thompson’s call to dump the web. Eavesdrop on the techies slugging it out over HTML, distributed processing, < IMG > tags and illiterate waiters. The future of your desktop is at stake.

Relax, internet users, the World Wide Web is not dead, far from it. If you are worried by Bill Thompson’s call to dump the web before it dies, don’t be.

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