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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is editor of oD-UK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Cybersecurity: the case for a European approach

The EU objective of developing a cyber ‘soft’ power privileging defence, resilience and civil society, sharply contrasts with national cybersecurity policies developed both inside and outside Europe.

Lebanese activists leave their ‘comfort zone’: how to overcome mistrust in conventional politics

In a context where all other forms of political action seemed to be blocked in the foreseeable future, municipal elections offer a unique opportunity to challenge the establishment.

Democracies, free speech and the right to offend.

In light of Donald Trump's discriminatory comments towards women, Mexicans and Muslims, ought some voices to be silenced? 

The crisis in European social democracy: a crisis like no other

Social democracy, as practiced so far, is disappointing and depressing. There are grounds for confidence in its future. But a qualitative leap is necessary.

An open letter to #NuitDebout from the Indignados’ districts of the internet

This open letter is against the manipulation of 'new ' parties. Let's be radical, demand what's possible. Español. Francais.

WhatsApp bloqueado? A culpa não é do Marco Civil da Internet

Foi bastante trabalhoso aprovar o Marco Civil da Internet. Mas, ao que parece, o trabalho ainda está longe de chegar ao fim. English

Why Donald Trump could be president

Trump plays very strongly in the symbolic field, operating on a series of different sectors’ frustrations. In an increasingly unequal society he introduces himself as a savior of the losers. Español

The dawn and delusions of the ‘Nerd Reich’: BlockBusters #1

It is both possible and necessary to think politically about the blockchain: delegation, transmutation and complexity.

Britain’s Investigatory Powers Bill: a gift to securocrats everywhere

Given the real and present dangers, surely governments should use any and all means to protect their citizens? Right? Wrong.

Shifty antisemitism wars

Convened by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism has become a strategizing opportunity on how best to thwart a growing BDS campaign.

Processos políticos no Brasil: ¿marginais ou centrais?

Desde o Brasil: analisando as políticas da marginalidade e as alternativas futuras desde fora do imaginário capitalista Anglo-Americano. English

Political processes in Brazil: marginal or central?

From Brazil: looking at politics of marginality and alternative futures outside the Anglo-American capitalist imaginary. Português

Response to Thomas Fazi's critique of DiEM25

A large digital assembly, properly set up, would reasonably conclude that the mechanisms of global capitalism need to be regulated, redistributing wealth from those few to the rest of us. Deutsch.

« Nuit Debout » : citizens are back in the squares in Paris

What distinguishes a social movement from any other kind of mobilization is the fact that it does not focus on a specific claim (such as labour reform) but challenges some of the core values ​​of a society. Français Español Português

The other of the others am I: risk and alterity in the Brussels attacks

An excess of security may not only increase paranoia, but can also make the ‘otherness’ much harder.  Português, Nederlands, Español

The ‘SYRIZA experience’: lessons and adaptations

SYRIZA did what the traditional way of doing politics dictates: supported social movements, built alliances, won a majority in the parliament, formed a government. We all know the results.

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