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
Each month we publish some of the best stories from New Internationalist magazine.
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.
The facts and figures that matter in our infographic.
Micah L Sifry assesses the political limits of social media.
How the internet got colonized, by Jillian C York.
Dunja Mijatović makes the case for light-touch regulation.
Investigative journalist Nick Davies on the myth of press freedom.
Is it possible to have both in a digital age? Yes, argues Sunil Abraham.
Privacy International’s Eric King on resisting surveillance.
John Perry Barlow’s visionary 1996 statement.
Further information, campaign groups and websites.
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How General Pinochet inadvertently helped create Chile's thriving music scene. By Anne Hoffman.
Stories that didn't make the mainstream media in 2014.
The best of 2014
Akory, by Razia Said; Sobre Noites e Dias, by Lucas Santtana.
I Am Yours, directed by Iram Haq; Pelo Malo (Bad Hair), directed by Mariana Rondon.
The Alphabet of Birds by SJ Naude; The Shifts and the Shocks, by Martin Wolf; How to Speak Money, by John Lanchester; Don't Even Think About It by George Marshall.
Life behind the curtain.
Peacekeeping without peacebuilding is doomed to fail, says Ruby Diamonde.
We can change the world - but music can't', Billy Bragg tells Louise Gray.
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