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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Founder, Director and Editor of democraciaAbierta

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The evolution of democratic participation

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who decides on public issues, but how those decisions are made. Español, Português

A evolução da participação democrática

Repensar a representação implica ampliar a comunidade de deliberação e redefinir não só aqueles que podem decidir sobre os temas públicos que os afectam, mas também como se tomam as decisões. English, Español

How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

Uma nova forma de geografia

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

Una nueva forma de geografía

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

Hungary threatens the European Union – a photo essay from Budapest

"I joined a massive demonstration against the Orbán supremacy a week after the election, on Saturday afternoon 14 March. It completely filled Budapest’s wide avenues between the Opera and Parliament."

The Cam-Book gate scandal will not restore our privacy, will it?

For us to care about the practices of corporations, reclaim our privacy and contest mass-surveillance we should not need the shock therapy of Trumpian politics.

The truth about Corbyn supporters’ Facebook groups

2,000 abusive messages are too thousand too many. Is there any more to be said? It seems there might be.

Manifesto on algorithmic humanitarianism

The nature of machine learning operations mean they will actually deepen some humanitarian problematics and introduce new ones of their own. This banality of machine learning is also its power.

Snowden to Cambridge Analytica – making the case for the social value of privacy

Constitutionally inculcated rights and morality are slowly being undone “by the use of automated processes to assess risk and allocate opportunity”.

Thanks to social media, do teenage girls like Ahed Tamimi now have the power to influence wars?

Social media has enabled girls and young women to influence contemporary conflicts in new ways, according to 'War in 140 Characters' author David Patrikarakos.

Remotely-controlled weapons hit democracy: killing from a distance

In the new information order, manipulated voters have come to outnumber threatened voters and bribed voters. The larger picture.

‘Cambridge Analytica’: surveillance is the DNA of the Platform Economy

The current social mobilization against Facebook resembles the actions of activists who, in opposition to neoliberal globalization, smash a McDonald’s window during a demonstration.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a drop of water trickling down the visible top of an iceberg. Focus on decentralizing power

We need open and robust debates. We cannot afford anything less than this. Too much is at stake. Part Three.

Another Jew suspended for antisemitism – why is the UK Labour Party making such an unedifying spectacle of itself?

What, for example, has happened to the “fair and transparent " disciplinary procedures recommended by Shadow Attorney General, Shami Chakrabarti?

Three bits of advice for blockchain advocates who think they understand aid

Despite claims to the contrary, new technologies like blockchain are unlikely to disrupt the aid industry quickly. Here is why.

La insoportable tecnofobia de la izquierda

En la izquierda española, hay varias cosas que no van. Principalmente pecados de gula; gula electoral; gula de poder; gula comercial y cortoplacista. English

The 2018 Italian election campaign viewed from Twitter

We have followed 1,579 candidates and tracked their Twitter conversations for two weeks now. Also, we collected 400,000 citizens’ retweets and replies to candidates’ tweets.

The Italian electoral campaign and the issue of immigration: a Twitter analysis in the aftermath of the Macerata attack

Interestingly enough, the presence of hashtags such as #itaexit and #noEU suggests a clear link – in the ‘national closure’ discourse – between anti-immigration and anti-European sentiment. 

La democracia nos necesita: menos redes sociales y más interacciones personales

Facebook controla y filtra nuestra información en formas que pueden ser perjudiciales para la democracia. Habrá que reconstruir comunidades locales para contrarrestar sus efectos políticos negativos. English

Democracy needs us: less social media and more social interaction

Facebook controls and filters our information in ways that can be detrimental for democracy. We must start rebuilding local communities to counteract its negative political effects. Español

Combatir las "fake news": ¿un reto imposible?

La explosión reciente de las fake news tiene consequencias serias y reales en el ámbito político. ¿Cómo abordará América Latina este fenómeno ante las grandes elecciones de 2018 que se avecinan? English

Can the battle against Big Tobacco be won?

The tobacco industry’s relentless behavior, including a massive 'astroturf' campaign, led French MEP Françoise Grossetête to assert that it cannot be considered a ‘normal’ industry.

The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

This is not an attempt to relitigate this episode, but to critically reflect on the underlying dynamics of social networks that contribute to such outcomes.

الجماهير والفرد: إعادة النظر في كيفية مناقشة القضايا المعقدة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

ليست هذه محاولة لاستعادة تلك النوبة العنيفة، بل للتفكير بشكل نقدي في الديناميات الكامنة وراء شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي التي تقودنا إلى مثل هذه النتائج.

Team Syntegrity 2017: edging towards a more liveable world

Is it really enough to ‘like’, ‘follow’, and ‘retweet’ each other’s posts and updates? Or do we need something more – co-produced meeting points and collaborative projects in our real/daily lives?  

Open letter on fake news and elections in Latin America

In the context of growing international debates about the so called “fake news”, the undersigned organizations would like to express strong concerns about paths that the issue is taking. Español Português

Fake news y elecciones en América Latina

En el contexto de los crecientes debates internacionales sobre las denominadas “noticias falsas”, las organizaciones abajo firmantes desean expresar su gran preocupación sobre el tema. English Português

Carta aberta sobre "fake news" e eleições na América Latina

No contexto dos crescentes debates internacionais sobre as chamadas “fake news”, as organizações abaixo assinadas gostariam de expressar sérias preocupações sobre o rumo da questão. English Español

Milo Yiannopoulos, product of the crisis of post-modern politics

A troll who might as well be the new prototype of the 21st-century politician, what Milo does to us is what we have done to the world. Therein lies the challenge.

#NãoValeTudo: Tecnología y ética en las elecciones 2018

Esta carta, dirigida a los brasileños pero válida para todos en este intenso año electoral 2018 en América Latina, es un esfuerzo colectivo para promover el uso ético de la tecnología en las elecciones. Português

#NãoValeTudo: Tecnologia e ética nas eleições

Essa carta é um esforço coletivo para discutir o que vale e o que não vale no uso de tecnologia para fins eleitorais. Español

Cuando lo que se negocia es nuestra privacidad: la Ministerial de la OMC en Buenos Aires

Si los países del hemisferio Sur quieren prepararse para librar guerras de datos, deberían empezar a pensar en cómo reducir el control de las grandes compañías tecnológicas. English

Trading away our Privacy; the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires

If countries from the Global South want to prepare for data wars, they should start thinking about how to reduce the overwhelming control of Big Tech. Español

#Tech4Worse: The problem with digital labour initiatives for the Middle East

Contrary to their marketing, digital labor schemes don’t work in spite of predicaments like the occupation or the refugee crisis - they work because of them. 

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