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Our guest editor, Valsamis Mitsilegas, director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London, introduces this week’s theme: Privacy and Surveillance in 2016.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Millions are missing from the UK’s electoral registers

The foundations of UK democracy are threatened by a crisis in voter registration. 

Human rights in Europe should not buckle under mass surveillance

Privacy is a fundamental human right essential for living in dignity and security. This is why it is necessary that European countries pause and get back on the right track.

Postconflicto en Colombia (6). Transición militar y policial: Cinco retos

El caso colombiano rompe cualquier molde y seguramente será el modelo a seguir para superar conflictos armados no internacionales propios del Siglo XXI, que no podremos caracterizar como guerras civiles. English

Postconflict in Colombia (6). Military and police transition: five challenges

The Colombian case breaks all previous patterns and will surely become a model for overcoming non-international armed conflicts in the 21st century, which cannot be categorized as civil wars. Español

The paradox at the heart of the Snowden revelations

If proper oversight is not developed, Snowden’s legacy will have served only to reinforce one thing: the intrusiveness of global surveillance.

A fascist history of the Egyptian revolution II: laughter and the future

The revolutionary calls were necessary; they united otherwise mutually hostile groups, politicised the apolitical and neutralised the anti-political. But it was not exactly a rupture nor a total break with the past.

On illusions and inflated condoms

Maged Mandour

The Muslim Brotherhood, secular activists and even regime supporters have decided to shield themselves from reality, focusing on a discourse that provides them with a protective layer from the grim conditions engulfing them.

Exigibilidad de los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales: antecedentes y suposiciones equivocadas

Inicialmente,  el continente americano combinó  la Declaración de los Derechos y Deberes del Hombre con disposiciones sobre DCP y DESC indistintamente. Pero luego se fueron separando. English

Enforceability of ESC Rights: some background and misleading assumptions

In the American continent, a Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man combined Civil and Political Rights and Economic Social and Civic provisions with no distinction. But they grew apart. Español

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (5): TIC´s e participação cidadã

É chave incentivar a participação cidadã no processo de implementação dos acordos da Havana. As TIC são uma via importante. Español English

DiEM-25 - La Unión Europea ha de democratizarse. ¡O se desintegrará!

Activistas e intelectuales de toda Europa se han reunido el 9 de febrero en Berlín para lanzar el Manifiesto de DiEM25, siglas en inglés del Movimiento Democracia en Europa 2025. El fundador de openDemocracy explica porqué es tan vital para Europa. English

Trust and suspicion under ‘policed multiculturalism’

‘Policed multiculturalism’, removes decisions regarding community relations from political discussion by presenting them as matters of ‘security’, to be decided in governmental or bureaucratic circles by security professionals.

Surveillance and the 2015-16 refugee crisis in Europe

The EU deals with 320 million third country nationals every year, immigration officials, according to FRONTEX, needing only 12 seconds to make a decision on their entry. So why the crisis?

Postconflicto en Colombia (5). TICs y participación ciudadana

Es clave incentivar la participación ciudadana en el proceso de implementación de los acuerdos de La Habana. Las TIC son una vía importante. English Português

The problem(s) with Varoufakis’ DiEM25 manifesto

Can the EU really be democratised? A response to Varoufakis' new programme

Post-conflict in Colombia (5). ICTs and citizen participation

Information and Communication Technologies must play an important role in promoting the participation of citizens in the process of implementing the Havana agreements. Español Português

Back from the dead and standing on Travellers’ Doorstep – the case of the EU PNR Directive

This framework places the movement of travellers, including EU citizens, under constant monitoring, irrespective of the fact that they are a priori innocent and unsuspected of any criminal offence.

Privacy after social media: a reflection from healthcare and bioethics

The standard ethical argument for confidentiality and data protection via consent turns on personal autonomy.

Emergency politics are the wrong path for today's Europe

The recent calls in France to see its "state of emergency" extended are totally incompatible with the needs and realities of twenty-first century democracy. Here's why.

São Salvador, e não Caracas, foi a cidade do mundo com mais homicídios em 2015

Com quase 200 mortos por cada 100.000 habitantes, é provável que a taxa de homicídio de São Salvador supere a de mortes violentas em muitos dos conflitos armados no mundo. English Español

San Salvador, y no Caracas, fue la ciudad del mundo con más homicidios en 2015

Con casi 200 muertos por 100.000 habitantes, es probable que la tasa de homicidios de San Salvador supere la de muertes violentas en muchos de los conflictos armados en el mundo. English Português

San Salvador, not Caracas, was the world´s most murderous city in 2015

With almost 200 murders by 100.000 inhabitants, probably San Salvador´s murder rate exceeds the violent death rate in many of the world´s most vicious armed conflicts. Español Português

En Venezuela, lo fácil es polarizar

Rara vez los políticos negocian si no están obligados a hacerlo. Ante un país en quiebra, lo único que puede obligar al chavismo a negociar con una oposición fortalecida es la presión social. English

Venezuela, where polarising is so easy

Politicians negotiate only when they are forced to. In a broken nation, the only thing that can make Chavism accept to negotiate with a tough opposition is social pressure. Español

Developing a global privacy regime in the age of mass surveillance: four key principles

Europe leads in the field of the protection of privacy, with legislators, particularly courts, addressing head-on the fundamental human rights challenges posed by executive action authorising mass surveillance.

The role of independent supervision in upholding privacy in the age of surveillance

This independence is even more important in an age where surveillance of individuals takes place on a mass scale, also benefiting from the potential in big data use.

Donald Trump’s Russian cousins

Seeing The Donald as an isolated, ‘American’ phenomenon misses the point. 

Yanis Varoufakis, los orígenes de la crisis económica en Europa y en el mundo

acTVism Munich entrevista en este video a Yanis Varoufakis, el economista y político griego mundialmente conocido por su oposición a las políticas de austeridad de la Troika. English

Post-conflict in Colombia (4). Uninvited: women in Havana

The participation and influence of women in peace negotiations around the world is usually low. What is the situation in the current negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC? Español Português

Pós-conflicto na Colômbia (4). Sem convite: mulheres na Havana

A situação e incidência das mulheres nas negociações de paz têm sido escassa a nível global. Qual é a situação nos diálogos entre o governo colombiano e as FARC na Havana? English Español

La ciudad de código abierto como horizonte democrático transnacional (Parte 1)

El gobierno local en código abierto es un primer paso para ir incorporando nuevas esferas de políticas públicas y  prácticas ciudadanas entrelazadas, que pueden convertir en redundante al neoliberalismo. Parte 2 / English

La ciudad de código abierto como horizonte democrático transnacional (Parte 2)

El gobierno local en código abierto es un primer paso para ir incorporando nuevas esferas de políticas públicas y  prácticas ciudadanas entrelazadas, que pueden convertir en redundante al neoliberalismo. English

Latin America is the world's most unequal region. Here's how to fix it

Global leaders met at the Annual Meeting in Davos to discuss how to improve the state of the world and address its most pressing challenges. What can Latin America experience bring to the table? Español

América Latina es la región más desigual del mundo. Hay que poner remedio.

Existe una crisis mundial de desigualdad, y lo que ocurre en América Latina debe servir de alerta English

Democracia e experimentos no laboratório político latino-americano

Recentemente, a América Latina credenciou diferentes modelos de experimentação política. Observamos a emergência dum laboratório de experimentação politica que nos permite imaginar avanços para a democracia que vale a pena serem medidos. English Español

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