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Democracy in the digital era

Icelandic activist and founder of the Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, guest edits an issue on the theme of ‘democracy in the digital era’. It tackles some of the thorniest issues of the day: privacy, censorship, mass surveillance, media freedom. But it goes several steps further than most media reports by presenting powerful and practical ways in which we can create a deeper and more meaningful democracy and a richer more rebellious political engagement, using the tools of the internet age.

January 2015, Issue 479

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  • Democracy in the digital era

    Democracy in the digital era

    Activist and Icelandic Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir on what we can do and the tools we can all use to strengthen democracy and make it real.

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  • Democracy in the digital era - the facts

    Democracy in the digital era - the facts

    The facts and figures that matter in our infographic.

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  • More noise than signal

    More noise than signal

    Micah L Sifry assesses the political limits of social media.

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  • Dreams of freedom, dreams of domination

    Dreams of freedom, dreams of domination

    How the internet got colonized, by Jillian C York.

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  • Tread softly in cyberspace

    Tread softly in cyberspace

    Dunja Mijatović makes the case for light-touch regulation.

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  • Everywhere in chains

    Everywhere in chains

    Investigative journalist Nick Davies on the myth of press freedom.

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  • Privacy vs transparency

    Privacy vs transparency

    Is it possible to have both in a digital age? Yes, argues Sunil Abraham.

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  • Mind your own business

    Mind your own business

    Privacy International’s Eric King on resisting surveillance.

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  • A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

    A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

    John Perry Barlow’s visionary 1996 statement.

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  • Digital democracy: action and contacts

    Digital democracy: action and contacts

    Further information, campaign groups and websites.

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