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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

What UK-EU relations do we want and what is the 'good society'?

An interview with Catherine West, MP, secretary and co-founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK-EU Relations, scrutinising Brexit negotiations and pushing for a progressive relationship with our European neighbours.

The cyber-war on WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks is not only influencing the US elections, but transforming the US elections – as they should have been from the very beginning – into a global debate.

Next steps in the democracy argument

Any engagement approach not focused on getting the widest possible range of voices, and creating multiple environments in which they feel comfortable will be no improvement on the current system.

A democracy for the Internet era

Democracy is constantly evolving. If it were to stop doing so, it would no longer be democracy. According to Pia Mancini, it is up to our generation to update it. Interview. Español Português

Uma democracia para a era da internet

A democracia está em constante evolução. No dia em que deixe de estar, deixa de ser democracia. Segundo Pía Mancini, repensar as instituições políticas é uma responsabilidade da nossa geração. Entrevista. English Español

Democracia para la era internet

La democracia está en constante evolución. El día que deje de evolucionar, dejará de ser democracia. Según Pía Mancini, nos toca a nosotros como generación actualizarla. Entrevista. Português English

Small steps in the struggle for digital rights?

In this rapidly expanding internet, the kinds of rights we need are often difficult to pin down – though pin them down we must if they are to be protected.

Jackie Walker: a suspense mystery

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to be suspended once may be regarded as a misfortune; twice looks like carelessness. But whose?

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill is about to become law – here's why that should terrify us

The evidence that these powers are all needed is thin indeed. And the cost to all of our privacy is huge.

European net neutrality, at last?

Article 3 of the Regulation defined the legal foundations of net neutrality in the EU, including the operators' obligation to "treat all traffic equally."

7 steps to education for democracy for all

Education should be an engine for democracy and not just for business, argues our first participant in the forthcoming World Forum for Democracy 2016 in Strasbourg this November.

Cambio desde abajo: unidos contra las “Leyes Mordaza” en España

La consecuencia más preocupante de las llamadas Leyes Mordaza en España es el temor de la población a ejercer sus libertades, en particular la libertad de expresión y de información. English

European refugees and Twitter

The political parties, professions and media that were registered as the most active in the Twitter storm #DiaMundialdelosRefugiados were those from the centre left.

That day: teaching at New York University on September 11, 2001

We live in the leeway between earth and sky. We need to speak to it, sing to it, the ground beneath our feet always changing homes.

Governing Google

As for Google, without a more ‘joined up’ EU legal and regulatory framework integrating digital rights and economic concerns, users may need to look to solutions outside the law.

Belling the trolls: free expression, online abuse and gender

Freedom of expression is fundamentally about power: about who gets to speak or express themselves and on what terms and platforms.

On openDemocracy's Brexit coverage

openDemocracy tried to provide nuance in a deeply polarised debate. oD-UK editor Adam Ramsay reflects on the difficulties and successes we encountered along the way.

“Minarets (and cell towers) are our bayonets”: reflections on the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey

"Finally on a TV appearance on July 30, Erdogan declared his desire to bring the vigils to an end with a massive rally in Yenikapi, Istanbul on August 7."

What we may expect from recent Wikileaks on Turkish politics

How is it that socio-political disruptions in Turkey consistently boost the power of the ruling party?

China’s instrumentalization of terrorism

In China too, people feel less uncomfortable when told that police on the streets are there to protect them from dangerous “others,” rather than to protect the state from them.

Poland welcomes internet filtering

Any limits set for free expression online must be traced in pencil, not in ink, and not, and this is particularly important - within a hastily drafted piece of legislation.

Does Brexit really matter? Yes, as the end of the UK

The Tory party has been in bed with the City for a century. It is not beyond belief to suppose that Cameron’s goal was always Leave while apparently leading Remain.

Surveillance, power and communication

Coalitions of actors – scholars, activists, some politicians, and even some captains of industry, will need to collaborate if the pathway we pursue to a calculated, unequal future is to change.

How the BBC can create a better digital public sphere

The BBC’s remit is not just broadcast. It has the power to improve our experiences online, and to realise the digital public sphere we want.

Brexit lessons: we need European media for a European public sphere

A neglected reason for the multiple crises of the EU is the absence of a European public sphere, where Europeans would be able to negotiate controversial issues with each other.

The right to online anonymity

Human rights should be considered proportionally in any governmental policy related to the Internet, in a way which will hopefully spur the private sector to follow.

Technopolitics and the new territories for political action

We are witnessing the emergence of relational, transversal, participatory  power. Whoever understands this, stands a chance of political legitimation. Interview. Español Português

Tecnopolítica o los nuevos territorios de la acción política

Asistimos a la emergencia del poder relacional, de la transversalidad, de la participación. Quien entienda bien esto, tiene posibilidades de legitimación política. Entrevista. Português English

The truth about algorithms

Algorithms are not working for you and me – they are working for corporate interests, and their aim is to mould us into receptive customers. 

With one bound he was free!

The Internet organisation ICANN’s charismatic CEO, Fadi Chehade has moved on. Did he achieve what he set out to do? Was it what we needed him to do? And what about human rights?

Whose data is it anyway?

Collection, categorisation, and experimentation on people’s data are presented as legitimate because online advertising is funding the free internet. But what about privacy, free expression, and autonomy?

Mobilisation for digital rights

Post-ACTA, decision-making has been adapted to avoid decision-moments. Of course, individual grassroots campaigns are still hugely valuable. But we need long-term advocacy.

We must understand threats in the technology we use every day

Like everyone else, human rights activists use mobile phones, email and social networks to connect. Unlike most people, they criticise states, challenging their actions. As such, they attract their attention.

Internet governance as seen from the Right to Development

Participatory democracy has been hijacked by business-led multistakeholderism, and 'presence and power' are replaced as tokens of people's political involvement.

Undigested Snowden

These pieces of research indicate a pattern of behavioural change that dampens dissent and resistance to overbearing power, both of which are hallmarks of an active democratic citizenry.

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