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Manuel Serrano

Manuel Serrano is Junior Editor at DemocraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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

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 

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

Why Facebook’s fake news filter won’t work

A range of solutions  –  including stronger independent media organisations  –  is going to be needed.

Verificações ideológicas: informação e mobilização eleitoral

A tecnologia fomenta processos de participação mais informados. As verificações ideológicas, que permitem aos cidadãos contrastar e compreender melhor os programas eleitorais, enriquecem processos tradicionais, tais como a convocatória de eleições. English Español 

Ideological checking: information and electoral mobilization

Technology has fostered – theoretically – better informed participatory processes. Ideological checking apps, which allow citizens to contrast and better understand electoral programs, are enriching traditional processes, such as holding elections. Español Português

Chequeos ideológicos: información y movilización electoral

La tecnología fomenta -por lo menos en teoría- procesos de participación más  informados. Los chequeos ideológicos permiten a los ciudadanos contrastar y comprender mejor los programas electorales y enriquecen procesos como la convocatoria de elecciones. English Português

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. The EU needs to put greater emphasis on working with activists.

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.

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