Social scientists have a
very specific contribution to deliver in a democratic public space, as openDemocracy’s
articles daily testify. The articles by leading global sociologists published
this week in openMovements are, we believe, exemplary.
A panel discussion chaired by Marianne Franklin at Goldsmiths opens up the many human rights implications for the future of the internet as struggles over its ownership and control gather steam. (2 hours 1 minute).
I ask you to stand in solidarity with the just struggle of the Greek people, which is also the struggle of every citizen. Our people have been asked to go hungry to bail out debts created by a wealthy minority, not just in the country but internationally.
The Controller of the BBC’s archive strategy maintains the
institution’s fundamental role within the media ecology and argues that
the Licence Fee should safeguard a new democratic digital public space.
The paradox of mass state surveillance, as the
answer to non-state violence, is that it can overlook the intelligence targeted
law enforcement finds and render critical infrastructures vulnerable—never mind
threatening fundamental freedoms.
It is our role, as citizens, to scrutinise
measures taken in the name of our security and ask, once and for all, for
evidenced-based policies: there
are no such things as depoliticised and neutral counter-terrorism strategies.
Does the term ‘occupation’ delegitimize
movements by casting participants as short-term guests, instead of
representatives communicating grievances held by a wider society within a
public forum that is theirs?
Hyperbolic language used to describe the
potential consequences of cyber attacks has contributed to the ‘securitisation’ of the debate around cyber security
issues. Increased transparency and accurate
information is essential.
Tough grandstanding, as when London Mayor Boris Johnson
called for the reversal of the legal presumption of innocence when Britons are
caught travelling to Iraq and Syria, is dangerous and counter-productive.
undeniably a great difference in cultural values between Tibetan Buddhists who
grew up within their community in India and the western converts who were
raised with liberal western values. But this is no longer the end of the story.
People are the most
valuable thing on the internet, so the power to connect, share and work
together shouldn’t be curbed by companies who exploit us for monetary value
while limiting the flow of information.
Social media facilitate differing degrees of involvement in
political action, helping more people to take small steps as part of a larger
fourth piece in our series on social media and the transformation of society.