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Democracy in the age of the Internet of Things

Democracy in the age of the Internet of Things | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Who wants to read up on candidates' policies, attend rallies or even watch a debate? You just want to jump into the bed of democracy with the one who turns..
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Transformative democracy: bringing the outside world in

Is there hope for a new
politics in European institutions? One insider-outsider says yes.
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State of Power 2016 - Democracy, Sovereignty, and Resistance

State of Power 2016 - Democracy, Sovereignty, and Resistance | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it

Contents Introduction Hilary Wainwright Building a real democracy in the face of corporate and financial power will require a rethinking of power and agency, unleashing the creative, experimental, knowledge-sharing and emancipatory approaches of social...

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From Manchester to Barcelona: Europe's smartest cities put citizens first

From Manchester to Barcelona: Europe's smartest cities put citizens first | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Urban dwellers across the continent reap the benefits of open data in city planning
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'Hactivists' are trying to reboot democracy from the bottom up with interactive voting apps

'Hactivists' are trying to reboot democracy from the bottom up with interactive voting apps | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
At the front of a packed auditorium, a young woman is speaking eloquent English in an Argentinian accent. She's telling her audience about 19th-century politics and explaining how the phrase "no taxation without representation" came to be coined. She isn't a university lecturer, and her subject isn't history. Her name is Pia Mancini, a technology revolutionary who is demanding an end to democracy as we know it.
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Participatory Democracy’s Emerging Tools - The Governance Lab @ NYU

Participatory Democracy’s Emerging Tools - The Governance Lab @ NYU | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Beth Simone Noveck, and Arnaud Sahuguet (The GovLab) at Governing: “As we explore the role of new technologies in changing how government makes policies and delivers services, one form of technology is emerging that has the potential to foster decision-making that’s not only more effective but also more legitimate: platforms for organizing communication by groups […]
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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Voluntary organisations across Europe are coming under pressure from governments not to campaign on issues, warns Heidi Sandberg. This article is part of a series on the future of the voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the publication of a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.
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Can the bottom-up actions of citizens regenerate democracy in Europe?

Can the bottom-up actions of citizens regenerate democracy in Europe? | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Despite democratic processes such as elections and parliamentary votes, there is a widespread feeling that our societies are governed by a small group of people among whom economic, media, and political interests are used for their own wealth and benefit. Several more or less consistent lines of analysis have been proposed to find ways to overcome this democratic crisis.
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Democracy in Crisis: Toward a Foundational, Alternative Theory of Participatory Democracy

Democracy in Crisis: Toward a Foundational, Alternative Theory of Participatory Democracy | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
By R.C. Smith (with contribution from Elliot Sperber) (Read the PDF version here) Abstract This paper by R.C. Smith (with contribution from Elliot Sperber) introduces several key themes that will be explored in a forthcoming series of works on a fundamental study on power and violence, particularly in keeping with a radical theory of participatory democracy, grassroots democratic empowerment and the commons.  It begins by addressing the incompatible relationship between capitalism and democracy, aiming to provide a fuller attention to why capitalism is inherently opposed to democratic social relations. The paper then shifts its focus to outlining a fundamental reconceptualistion of the modern political-economic system, illustrating the general horizon in which a radical egalitarian, democratic society might be found. To this end, the authors provide a rich interdisciplinary, historical analysis that combines empirical research with critical theory, confronting not only the history and present status of democracy in relation to the system of capital – and other ideologies of domination (broadly defined) – but also lay the groundwork for future discussion regarding a radical concept of democracy and fundamental systemic change. Introduction Democracy is in crisis. Everywhere one turns one is confronted by the contradiction between what Democracy promises (its ideals) and that which it actually delivers. One need look no further than the collapse of the global financial system that occurred in 2008 to see the problems inflicted upon the world by what purports to be Democracy. And because democracy and capitalism remain conflated, and politics and economics are too often mistaken for being distinct spheres, this raises an important issue. How does the global financial crisis reveal the dire state of contemporary democracy? The answer is as simple as it is complex. Democracy today, as a concept and as a thing, has less to do with the actual content of “democracy” as an egalitarian system of political-economic values than it does with the neglect of this content for its (mere) form. More simply put, the concept of democracy in the West is the mere distillate remaining after the actual content (Equality, Egalitarianism, Justice, Rights, etc.) has been boiled away. Today, so-called ‘democratic capitalism’ represents this fetishistic prioritization of democratic form over democratic content. As the global financial crisis has made exceptionally clear, market and economic forces dictate what presumably sovereign and democratic states may do for their citizens and what they may refuse them.[1]As Wolfgang Streeck observes in 2011, while “the same Manhattan-based ratings agencies that were instrumental in bringing about the disaster of the global money industry are now threatening to downgrade the bonds of states that accepted a previously unimaginable level of new debt to rescue that industry and the capitalist economy as a whole”, there is evidence that “politics still contains and distorts markets, but only, it seems, at a level far remote from the daily experience and organizational capacities of normal people”.[2] Intensified by the neoliberal paradigm, the dictates of the ‘the market’ define the essential context in which policy debate proceeds, irrespective of the particular political party elected. In France, for instance, the democratically elected ‘socialist’ government has managed to do little to reconceptualise the political-economy and has failed to uphold its manifesto promises, naively attempting to implement socialist-guided remedies to its ailing political-economy whilst refusing to break from the global capitalist system. In the UK, as in the US, whether you vote Labour or Conservative, Democrat or Republican, the context of policy debate and potential implementation of new policy is likewise entirely defined within, and confined to, the horizon of global capitalism. As a result, it is not difficult to explain from within the social sciences why voter turnout is low throughout the West, why confidence in parliament or congress is sinking, and why citizens increasingly perceive their governments not as their agents, but as those of foreign investors, multinational corporations and the generally wealthy.[3] In this form of democracy – representative democracy – it has become powerfully clear that some (the rich) are represented, and some are excluded entirely. Noam Chomsky assessed this trend and its outcome in relation to the fraudulent status of American democracy in a recent speech delivered at DW Global Media Forum: In the United States, one of the main topics of academic political science is the study of attitudes and policy and their correlation. The study of attitudes is reasonably easy in the United States: heavily-polled society, pretty serious and accurate polls, and policy you can see, and you can compare them. And the results are interesting. In the work that’s essentially the gold standard in the field, it’s concluded that for roughly 70% of the population – the lower 70% on the wealth/income scale – they have no influence on policy whatsoever. They’re effectively disenfranchised. As you move up the wealth/income ladder, you get a little bit more influence on policy. When you get to the top, which is maybe a tenth of one percent, people essentially get what they want, i.e. they determine the policy. So the proper term for that is not democracy; it’s plutocracy. Inquiries of this kind turn out to be dangerous stuff because they can tell people too much about the nature of the society in which they live. So fortunately, Congress has banned funding for them, so we won’t have to worry about them in the future.[4] Empirically speaking, we can see that in European countries like Greece and Ireland and Spain anything beyond the most superficial, ideologically constituted notion of democracy has been effectively suspended.[5] As neoliberal governments propagate a new notion of citizenship, wherein ‘good citizens’ behave responsibly according to international markets and institutions – passively accepting national impositions of strict austerity as a way to remedy the debt and inherent economic corruptions of the capitalist economy – what we observe is not the formulation of social conditions that foster an active, engaged and efficacious subject. Rather, we observe a political-economy that has become increasingly unresponsive to the needs of actual people,[6] as well as the development …
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Out in the Open: An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians

Out in the Open: An Open Source Website That Gives Voters a Platform to Influence Politicians | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
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Political apathy: the trademark of youths in advanced European democracies? - Open Democracy

Political apathy: the trademark of youths in advanced European democracies? - Open Democracy | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Political apathy: the trademark of youths in advanced European democracies?
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Portugal has announced the world's first nationwide participatory budget

Portugal has announced the world's first nationwide participatory budget | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Portugal has announced the world’s first participatory budget on a national scale. The project will let people submit ideas for what the government should spend its money on, and then vote on which ideas are adopted. Although participatory budgeting has become increasingly popular around the world in the past few years, it has so far been confined to cities and regions, and no countr
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Democracy Is Getting A Reboot On The Blockchain

Democracy Is Getting A Reboot On The Blockchain | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
A startup from Latin America, Democracy Earth, is fighting corruption through Internet voting technology.
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Study: A new era of global protest begins

Study: A new era of global protest begins | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
In line with the steady rise in social unrest over the past decade, it’s likely that we will witness an unprecedented escalation in large-scale citizen protests across the globe in 2016 and beyond. By Rajesh Makwana Research by Dr. David Bailey provides empirical evidence for what many activists and campaigners have long suspected: that we …
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A real democracy would use sortition

A real democracy would replace elections with sortition. The Sortition Foundation http://sortitionfoundation.org/ explains why.
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Digital Democracy or 21st-Century Electioneering

Digital Democracy or 21st-Century Electioneering | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
It’s fair to say that Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential bid marked a watershed moment for political campaigners. This was a campaign covered in Silicon..
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Rebooting Democracy

Rebooting Democracy | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
If forms of government can be likened to operating systems, current variants of democracy are a bit like early, primitive versions of Windows. They are…
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A New Tool Features Modern Direct Democracy Around the World

A New Tool Features Modern Direct Democracy Around the World | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Still thinking that the citizens’ initiative and popular referendums are democratic rights restricted to a few countries like Switzerland, the US or Uruguay? Then you should quickly update your thinking as a new tool called the Direct Democracy Navigator currently features no less than 1227 different instruments in more than 100 countries worldwide. Question: What […]
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12 ways to build An European Citizens’ Initiative That Works! | European Citizens' Initiative | The ECI Campaign

12 ways to build An European Citizens’ Initiative That Works! | European Citizens' Initiative | The ECI Campaign | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
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ECI “Stop TTIP” Will Start on Self-Organized Grounds | The ECI Campaign

ECI “Stop TTIP” Will Start on Self-Organized Grounds | The ECI Campaign | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
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Citizen Participation and Technology: An NDI Study - The Source

After the Arab Spring, technology became the panacea for democratic development issues. Many programs focus on using technology to engage citizens and to spread information, but how effective are these tools at promoting democracy? Representatives from the National Democratic Institute…Read more ›
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Monithon, a Government “Monitoring Marathon” in Italy

Monithon, a Government “Monitoring Marathon” in Italy | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
In Italy, an independently developed initiative called
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Institutionalising Participation: Assessing How Empowered Participatory Democracy is Achieved and How it is Negated

Institutionalising Participation: Assessing How Empowered Participatory Democracy is Achieved and How it is Negated | Citizen participation in Europe | Scoop.it
Institutionalising Participation: Assessing How Empowered Participatory Democracy is Achieved and How it is Negated
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