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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Chomsky paradox: the responsibility of intellectuals, revisited

Locating Chomsky’s linguistics and politics ‘in their historical perspective’ sharpens many issues for their wider relevance today, including that of the responsibility of intellectuals.

Explaining Chomsky’s strange science: a reply to Randy Allen Harris

“I am attempting to explain Chomsky’s part in the postwar overthrow of behaviourism and the dramatic triumph of the so-called ‘cognitive revolution’.”

Techlash: why Facebook’s approach to #FakeNews ultimately fails

Zuckerberg needs to take a step back and allow institutions to flourish. There are only bigger waves looming ahead.

Understanding the mainstreaming of the far right

It is essential to move beyond electoral politics to understand the way the far right is being mainstreamed. It involves asking, “ is there any such thing as public opinion” ?

Facebook and journalism. Part two

Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

US evangelicals targeted LGBT young people with ‘dehumanising’ Facebook and YouTube ads

Social media giants acknowledge that Anchored North video ads violated their rules to protect users – but not before millions of people see them.

Subverting democracy without vote-rigging

Recent events in some prominent democratic nations have highlighted the internal threats that are hard to see and even harder to counter. A military dictator can be identified.

Facebook and journalism. Part one

How Facebook turned into the world’s biggest news platform, with newsrooms and journalists paving the way.

A democracia digital melhora a democracia?

As inovações digitais podem mudar a qualidade da participação e a natureza da democracia. Mas como? Español, English

MPs criticise Facebook’s “not fit for purpose” foreign ad ban as Ireland votes on abortion

British and Irish parliamentarians call for major changes to unregulated social media campaigning following openDemocracy revelations – but too late for Friday’s historic vote.

Six ways Ireland’s abortion referendum could be hacked this week

Anti-abortion money, Facebook ads and boots-on-the-ground volunteers have piled in from across the world to try and swing Friday’s historic vote. Will they succeed?

The eyes of Iran and its children: ordinary lives, Iranian sanctions and Donald Trump’s rejection of the nuclear deal

On Tuesday night before the announcement, one ex-blogger wrote on Telegram how it seemed that Iran was engaged in early preparations for another New Year – everyone super alert.

How Irish anti-abortion activists are drawing on Brexit and Trump campaigns to influence referendum

Backlash against Irish abortion rights enlists some of the same technologies, companies, and individuals involved in controversial Trump and Brexit campaigns.

Doing anti-surveillance activism differently

Recent campaigns waged in two Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries provide some interesting lessons about challenging excessive state security power. 

Madrid as a place of democratic innovation

An exuberant ecosystem of citizen practices and self-managed spaces has turned Madrid into an international reference of the urban commons. Español, Português

Madrid, o lugar da inovação política

O ecossistema exuberante de práticas de cidadania e espaços autogeridos transformou Madrid em uma referência internacional dos chamados comuns urbanos. English, Español

Descontento político y evolución tecnológica en América Latina

Existe un demos, la sociedad políticamente organizada, que se encuentra en transformación en América Latina y en el mundo. English, Português

Political discontent and technological evolution in Latin America

We are in the presence of a demos, a politically organized society which has been undergoing changes in Latin America and the world, while politics has remained stagnant. Español, Português

Descontentamento político e evolução tecnológica na América Latina

Estamos na presença de um demos, a sociedade politicamente organizada, que se encontra em transformação na América Latina e no mundo, enquanto que a política manteve-se estagnada. English, Español

In this age of populism, it’s not ‘Cyber’ that’s being Balkanised – it’s people

The Balkans, already facing charges of bringing the world the First World War and the term ‘ethnic cleansing’, are now being blamed with a new offence: ‘Cyber-Balkanisation’.

Una nueva era de la democracia digital cambiará la manera en que interactuamos con la política

Las innovaciones digitales pueden cambiar la calidad de la participación y la naturaleza de la democracia. Pero ¿cómo? English, Português

How a new era of digital democracy will change how we interact with politics

Digital innovations may change the quality of participation and the nature of democracy, but how? Español, Português

Como uma nova era da democracia digital mudará a maneira como interagimos com a política

As inovações digitais podem mudar a qualidade da participação e a natureza da democracia, mas como? English, Español

Foreign and 'alt-right' activists target Irish voters on Facebook ahead of abortion referendum

New data shows how social media has become a battleground in a transatlantic backlash against abortion rights for Irish women.

La evolución humana y la innovación ¿van de la mano?

La innovación no es una opción: es una necesidad – para mejorar lo que hacemos y tener un papel que desempeñar en el contexto de la economía líquida. English, Português

Human evolution and innovation go hand in hand

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español, Português

A evolução e a inovação humana andam de mãos dadas?

A inovação não é uma opção: é uma necessidade - para melhorar o que fazemos e ter um papel a desempenhar no contexto da economia líquida. English, Español

Una nueva ola de innovación aplicada a nuestras ciudades

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

A new wave of applied innovation in our cities

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

Uma nova onda de inovação aplicada às nossas cidades

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

Poder para el pueblo: la educación y la participación política

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

Poder para o povo: educação e participação política

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

Las nuevas plataformas que están transformando la gestión pública

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

The new platforms transforming public management

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

As novas plataformas que estão transformando a gestão pública

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

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