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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Random election, the G1000 and deliberation to change Madrid

Is random election of representatives the key to revive democracy? One thousand madrileños selected at random were called to the Madrid G1000 to reflect and debate over the city they want. Português Español

The EU must keep up with new technologies

Surveillance technologies infiltrating computer systems of human rights activists can result in their imprisonment or death. There will be a hearing on dual-use exports in the European Parliament, March 21, 2017.

The link tax threatens the internet as we know it

The EU Commission's proposed copyright directive poses a threat to the internet's fundamental interconnectedness.

The future of US net neutrality under Trump

Administrative decisions related to the country’s telecommunications policy often go unnoticed by the majority of the US citizenry. But now, net neutrality in its purest form is in peril.

Cybersecurity should protect us – not control us

In the race to secure against threats, human rights such as privacy, free expression, freedom of assembly are undermined rather than protected.

Doing it the Malaysian way

Ever since the wake-up call of 2008, and with more and more Malaysians online, the ruling coalition is well aware that cyberspace is an important battleground, but chooses its battles.

Cooperativism in the digital era, or how to form a global counter-economy

Can we transform the renting economy of Uber and AirBnB into a genuine sharing one? Platform cooperatives must become open and commons-oriented.

The Kiron family

We revisit the social start-up that gives refugees access to higher education, meeting a 24 yr.old Syrian beneficiary and a Kiron co-founder, both of whom’s future plans build on this ingenious scheme. Interview. 

Open innovation in the public sector

The demand for more open participatory models entails the creation of more digitized, transparent, horizontal and open spaces in the public sector, but also the empowerment of all social agents. Español Português

Inovação aberta no sector público

A exigência de modelos participativos mais abertos supõe a criação de espaços mais digitalizados, transparentes, horizontais e abertos no sector público, mas também o apoderamento de todos os agentes sociais. English Español 

Innovación abierta en el sector público

La demanda de modelos participativos más abiertos conlleva la creación de espacios más digitalizados, transparentes, horizontales y abiertos en el sector público, pero también el empoderamiento de todos los agentes sociales. English Português

El ecosistema de la democracia abierta

La emergencia del poder relacional, transversal y participativo impulsa el protagonismo de la tecnopolítica, que propone una nueva visión de la democracia - abierta, directa e interactiva. English Português

The ecosystem of an open democracy

The emergence of relational, cross-over, participative power is what gives technopolitics its meaning and prominence, the basis on which a new vision of democracy – open, direct, interactive - is being developed. Español Português

Adhocracy helps create a future of political engagement

For us, it is already a democratic achievement if you have the possibility to participate.

140journos: after the coup attempt

An interview with the founder of 140journos about working in Turkey after the coup attempt, and a call to Europeans to provide a platform for the truth. Part two.

140journos: we´ll do it ourselves, then

How the story of one of the few remaining independent media outlets in Turkey began and kept ahead of the game. Part one.

Da assembleia ao partido, e vice-versa. O Partido da Rede na Argentina, cinco anos depois.

Em 2012, um grupo de “loucos” fundou em Buenos Aires o Partido da Rede. Cinco anos mais tarde, uma das suas fundadoras reflete sobre o ativismo, o poder, a liderança e a participação. English Español 

State surveillance is a global threat to press freedom

The state should not have the power to secretly identify then persecute whistleblowers.

We need to remove free movement from the vicious circle of security

While freedoms, such as the principles of equality and non-discrimination, the presumption of innocence and respect for privacy, undoubtedly still exist, they have been relegated to the margins.

The media–technology–military industrial complex

In a world of so-called fake news and post-truth politics, the influence of largely invisible qualities of concentrated power over media, public and policy agendas, warrants renewed and urgent scrutiny.

Our common ground: a salute to the Young Global Collective

The renowned Egyptian novelist and beacon of the Arab uprisings in conversation with the Transnational Institute, speaks of inequality, global conferring, cultures in resistance, solidarity, democracy and justice today.

A whistleblowing platform against corruption for the City Council of Barcelona

Corruption can’t be eliminated by institutions scrutinising themselves. Civil society must play a central, continuous role.

A small picture in the big picture of Erdogan’s Turkey

The judicial arm of the Erdogan leadership has decided to make an example of Istar Gözaydin: even the most moderate critics will not be tolerated.

The battle of governments against extremism has to be credible

Byrne writes, ‘the starting point for radicalisation may in fact be rage rather than religion…it’s not the madrassa that is the problem, it’s your mates.’ Book review.

Catalonian lessons: civil society has something to offer on the gaming tables of governance

A statement made before the Catalan Parliamentary Committee for the Study of Anti-Corruption Measures and for Democratic Regeneration.

Digital democracy and technological sovereignty

Panel discussion: what place does technology have in the decline of neoliberalism, and the rise of populism? As social dependency on the Silicon Valley increases, how should we fight for our technological sovereignty? (108 minutes)

War, peace and the technological revolution

Technology is forcing through a new form of conversation — even in conflicts. How will the next generation of tools transform the construction of peace?

How complementary currencies can save Europe

The Eurozone — "flawed at birth" — is failing its member states. As paper money declines in importance, it must embrace the digital revolution.

The future of education: Georges Haddad and Yaacov Hecht at the World Forum for Democracy 2016

The two keynote speakers come from very different worlds. But both agree that a revolution in education is required, with the self-determination of the individual – all individuals – at its centre. Video.

How to be President, in 140 characters or (much) less

Missive from New York. Traditional US media are struggling with the most surprising turn in US politics for decades. But it’s not all bad news.

Networks, social movements and the internet in Mexico

We cannot imagine contemporary social movements, or even the world, without internet. But this world is changing all the time and we have much more to learn. Español

Not alone: what the UK can learn from union co-ops

With nearly 5 million people in the UK now self-employed, we need to find new ways to ensure today’s workers have rights and representation.

The Facebook President: fact trumps fiction

Did Facebook really turn Hillary Clinton from POTUS 45 into Al Gore 2016?

From Movementism to Labourism

Prospects for the renewal of the left: a perspective from the movementist element of the UK Labour Party grassroots activist body, Momentum.

In the Netherlands, the populist battle plays out over a Christmas figure

Wilders’s Freedom Party has held a consistent lead in the polls for over a year, and is now running head to head with Prime Minister Rutte’s party.

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