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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

La vigilancia digital y el fin de la democracia

Los activistas de derechos civiles están ocupados en subrayar hasta qué punto la vigilancia digital ha acabado con nuestras democracias. Su verdadero enemigo, sin embargo, es el miedo y la delegación del poder. English. Português.

What’s wrong with the idea that ‘robots don’t rape’?

The politics of rape denunciation is fast becoming the politics of lobbyists, vendors and military manufacturers seeking access to new customers and markets. 

The Investigatory Powers Bill is our chance to publicly set the rules around surveillance

The UK successor to the Snooper’s Charter will be published next week. Whether we demand and engage in debate will shape the privacy and security we can expect to have.

Politics, security technologies, and civil society: the missing links

This is the point in time where polities should start thinking of security as a public good, where all involved are potential winners or potential losers. 

Mistrust of medical science is not merely the product of ignorance

As new epidemic diseases strike, politicians are frequently driven to choose the science that best serves their interest, or their ideological standpoint.

Join the debate around genome editing

A new tool for genome editing offers genetic engineering on an unprecedented scale. It has triggered a major bioethical debate, and you are invited to join.

'Are you a traitor?' The BBC Panorama interview with Edward Snowden

'The question is, if I was a traitor, who did I betray?' This is the exclusive full transcript of the interview with Edward Snowden, aired on BBC World TV on 10 October 2015.

Digital capitalism: stagnation and contention?

Capitalist development has undergone – and inflicted – violent historical dislocations in the past. So it is with digital capitalism today.

Time for nuclear sharing to end

You have to keep threatening to use nuclear weapons to make nuclear deterrence work. A view from Germany on the planned deployment of new US nuclear weapons.

Time to move beyond nuclear tribalism

"Question: Is nuclear power good or bad?

 Answer: No. Some nuclear is good, some is bad. For example, the Govt. should support an IFR."

The dangers of magical thinking: an interview with Eric Oliver

Given the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines, why is there such resistance? The answer lies in the idea of ‘magical thinking’.

Energy democracy: building a solar dream in a tar sands nightmare

Refusing to be victims in this game of fossil fuel roulette, communities like Little Buffalo in Alberta are leading the way towards energy independence. They are turning their gaze to the sun.

It’s the failure to admit failure that fuels conspiracy theories

Why do some still harbour the same concerns about medical interventions as expressed in 1950s America? And if history is repeating itself, why haven’t we learned the lessons?

Weaning Norway off the oil

An alliance between unions, environmental organisations, religious institutions and researchers is a strange mix. But a just transition to a sustainable society needs them all - and in Norway they are already on their way.

Facebook’s dominance deepens

Two recent Facebook initiatives, “Instant Articles” and “internet.org” are set to entrench the firm’s dominance. Is this a moral monopoly in the making?

Why 'backdoor' systems always fail

As the head of MI5 launches a push for unparalleled powers, will he answer challenging questions on why banning encryption, or weakening it through compulsory backdoors, won't make us all less safe?

Polio wars: conspiracy and democracy in Pakistan

What better evidence that the country is a nest of terrorists than the murder of medics trying to wipe out a deadly disease... all because of a conspiracy theory?

Iatrophobia explained

Iatrophobia: an abnormal or irrational fear of doctors or going to the doctor.

Cold war conspiracies and suspect polio prevention

Many American scientists distrusted the Russian field trials. Russian colleagues responded with a sentiment similar to Sting’s Cold War hit: the Russians love their children too.

Bacteriology as conspiracy

The case of Dr. Kinyoun and the 1900 Plague in San Francisco, in which he became a threatening foreign regime - a tragic hero in the historical drama of American public health.

Why do people reject climate change?

US Democrats did not come to support climate change because they sat down and confronted the evidence, read the scholarly journals, and evaluated the climate models.

A climate of conspiracy

What the Tea Party and Occupy movements have in common is that they don’t accept the official version of events any more.

Climate change versus conspiracy theory in India

A key aspect of the counter-narratives to the climate change explanations for man-eaters has underlined and originates from this feeling of being-forgotten.

Ten years on: Katrina, militarisation and climate change

A security-led approach to climate change and complex emergencies not only fails to address the fundamental causes of these crises – it will often exacerbate them.

Staying human in a time of climate change

Knowing about climate science isn’t enough. We need to get our hearts involved too. 

HIV and AIDS: language and the blame game

The negative and dehumanizing language used by scientists discussing global HIV policy is sapping the soul of those on the receiving end. The call for an alternative language of nature and nurture must be heard. 

Of battles won and lost: telemedicine in India

In India, tele-medicine has finally opened up the prospect of medical documentation for vast swathes of the uneducated population. 

Secrets, lies and power

Power loves to hold information on its subjects. From European Alternatives’ CREATE|REACT Digital training, Berlin.

China's 'great firewall' just got taller

The recently released draft of the new ‘cyber security law’ formalises already existing censorship practices and gives greater authority to the Cyberspace Administration of China. 

The pain of loneliness

The suffocating condition of loneliness is the consequence of feeling isolated, disconnected, and adrift, not of being alone.

European Commission’s deregulation drive threatens EU nature laws

Deregulation is often packaged as a fight against red tape or a drive to improve efficiency by removing so-called ‘burdens’ on business or ‘barriers’ to trade. But such ‘burdens’ are the social and environmental standards that protect us all and the world we live in.

Beware the echo chamber: digital media and disaster recovery

Communication technologies can give victims of disaster a voice. But those who are most in need are not heard because they lack access to these technologies and the skills to use them.

¿A tres minutos del apocalipsis?

El "Reloj del Fin del Mundo", medida acreditada de lo cerca que está el mundo de la catástrofe, se ha puesto de nuevo en marcha. English

Spain’s hologram protests

Millions of Spaniards have engaged in protests over the past four years. As of July 1 they can be subject to disproportionate fines and even jail for exercising their democratic rights to freedom of expression, assembly, protest and information. Interview. 

Here come the caredroids

Sander Burger’s film Alice Cares delves into the politics of care, and the swiftly unfolding prospect of human-robot relationships. At the Open City Documentary Festival on 18 June 2015.

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