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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

eBook: El ecosistema de la democracia abierta

«El ecosistema de la democracia abierta» es una publicación que hemos coeditado con apps4citizens en Barcelona, en el marco de nuestra sección sobre Experimentación Política, que ha venido publicando on-line los artículos que ahora recopilamos en el eBook. Los coordinadores de la publicación son Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí, impulsor de apps4citizens, y Francesc Badia i Dalmases, director y editor de DemocraciaAbierta.

Internet equality is about to get Trumped – let’s build a wall to defend it

The principle that the internet should be as fast as possible for all its users means small voices with big ideas can transform society. Let's keep it that way.

Team Syntegrity, a comprehensive method of hope

Collaborating, competing, contradicting, negotiating, accommodating and compromising, all took place to different degrees in one symbiotic process. Our first participant report-back.

Old questions, new answers

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who can decide on public issues, but how decisions are made. Español Português

Viejas preguntas, nuevas respuestas

Repensar la representación implica ampliar la comunidad de deliberación y redefinir no sólo quiénes pueden decidir en temas públicos que les afectan, sino cómo se toman las decisiones. English Português

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

What does ‘mainstream media bias’ mean in a digital age?

The internet should mean that everyone has access to the same information, yet people still talk of a “mainstream media bias”.

Cidades e democracia: novas geografias e novas geometrias

Libertemos a nossa forma de ver a realidade, aprofundemos novos olhares e enfoques, e teremos novas ideias e perspectivas para os problemas de gestão do bem comum. English Español

Ciudades y democracia: nuevas geografías, nuevas geometrías

Uno de los riesgos de la política convencional es ver el mundo con las viejas ideas subsidiarias de una manera de entender la geografía y la geometría de los conceptos. English Português 

Democracy and the city: new geographies, new geometries

One of the risks of conventional politics is seeing the world through ideas which are subsidiary to a certain, old way of understanding the geography and the geometry of concepts. Español Português

Cidadania do século XXI: educação + participação + cidadania

Vivemos o suposto retorno de cidadania ao centro do poder. Ou, pelo menos, ao centro da história. English Español 

21st century citizenship: Education + Participation + Technology

We are witnessing the alleged return of citizens to the center of power - or, to say the least, to the center of the narrative. Español Português

Ciudadanía del siglo XXI: Educación + Participación + Tecnología

Vivimos el supuesto regreso de la ciudadanía al centro del poder. O, al menos, al centro del relato. English Português 

First, admit we have a problem

In December 2016, an Ipsos poll for BuzzFeed of more than 3,000 Americans found that 75 per cent of those who saw fake news headlines judged them to be accurate. Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back, Ebury.

Media in Turkey before, during and after the referendum

Would giving the No campaign equal media access have changed the results of the Turkish Constitutional referendum? We will never know, but the damage was already done.

Digital platforms and democracy

To the extent that they overcome the traditional tyranny of space and time, digital platforms are tools for democratizing participation. But their impact on citizen involvement varies considerably. Español Português

Plataformas digitales y democracia

Las plataformas digitales son un instrumento para democratizar la participación porque superan las tiranías de espacio y tiempo tradicionales. Pero la mejora de la participación democrática tiene niveles de cumplimiento variados. English Português

Plataformas digitais e democracia

As plataformas digitais são um instrumento para democratizar a participação porque superam as tiranias do espaço e tempo tradicionais. Mas a melhora da participação democrática tem vários níveis de cumprimento. English Español 

The future of the internet depends on you

People from the freedom of expression, privacy and media development communities must get engaged, to ensure that one of the most important communications platforms ever invented remains open, pluralistic and democratic.

What exactly does Macron, president-elect of France, stand for?

Does Macron leave the room for citizen participation? Will his pledges of social and economic reforms include giving citizens a greater say? 

From civil rights to the occupy movement: talking across issues in independent media

Interest in the dynamics of collaboration, alliance-building, coordination, and networking point to intersectionalities in participants, issues, and tactics that movements have always faced. DemocracyNow! is a good example.

Citizenship and democratic production

Citizen producers take advantage of networked knowledge and benefit from new available production spaces. New skills and know-how are required, however, for the inclusion of all social sectors. Español Português

Cidadania e produção democrática

O cidadão produtor, por um lado, tira proveito do conhecimento em rede, e, por outro, beneficia-se dos espaços de produção. Esse novo paradigma exige novas habilidades. English Español

Ciudadanía y producción democrática

El ciudadano productor se beneficia, por un lado, del conocimiento en red y, por otro, de los espacios de producción. La inclusión de los distintos sectores sociales requiere nuevas habilidades. English Português 

Apathy about privacy is a myth: why users do care about data collection

The burden of protecting online privacy should be placed on corporations and governments, not on citizens.

Three forays into ideology in the age of post-truth politics

Attempts to wrestle with fake news and post-truth lack a concept of ideology to tell us not only what is believed, but why, and suggest how to move on.

Cyber-feminism in China: between expression and oppression

In early 2017, a young woman's experiences of violence went viral on Weibo. Her case demonstrates the paradox of social media in China.

Sabemos que nos estão a espiar

As mensagens instantâneas tornaram-se o principal instrumento digital para o activismo social e político. Ao mesmo tempo que a sua implementação aumenta, também o fazem as dúvidas sobre a sua confidencialidade. English Español 

Sabemos que nos están espiando

La mensajería instantánea se ha convertido en el principal instrumento digital para el activismo social y político, pero abre brechas para su seguridad. English Português

They are spying on us and we know it

Instant messaging has become the main digital tool for social and political activism. As its use expands, so do doubts about its confidentiality. Español Português

Democracy is in danger, only technology can save it

If the intensive use of the information and communication technologies does not go hand in hand with sovereignty over the data we produce, the social and political consequences can be dire. Español Português

La democracia está en peligro y solo la tecnología puede salvarla

Si el uso intensivo de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación no viene acompañado de soberanía sobre los datos que producimos, las consecuencias sociales y políticas pueden ser gravísimas. English Português

As democracias estão em risco e só a tecnologia pode salvá-las

Se o uso intensivo das tecnologias da informação e comunicação não for acompanhado pela soberania sobre os dados que produzimos, as consequências sociais e políticas podem ser gravíssimas. English Español 

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