Category Archives: Technology and Democracy

Questions About Democracy From the US Election


The following post was written the day before the news of allegations that Donald Trump was collaborating with the Russian government due to the possible existence of compromising video material of a sexual nature. This post discusses the challenge to … Continue reading

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Fake News, Why It’s Important and What You Can Do About It


This blog and the University of Waterloo course that it supports are focussed on understanding the impact that information technology is having on society today. Often, there is widespread disagreement on what this impact is. Opinions vary widely and are … Continue reading

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The Future of Democracy


The optimism that the Arab Spring represented the beginning of global democratisation, driven by the internet, has given way to many questions about the future of democracy and the role that information technology will play.  Specifically, what is happening with … Continue reading

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Information Technology and Democracy, Two Years On


The revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa were widely thought to have been influenced by the internet. It was argued that people were influenced by the free expression on the internet to demand democracy in their countries. The internet … Continue reading

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Week 5: Information Technology and Democracy


The internet was cancelled in Egypt at 5.20 am on January 28th 2011. Statistics of internet traffic to and from Egypt looked like this: CNN reported on the impact that social media was making on the protesters who had taken … Continue reading

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