Category Archives: Technology and Democracy

Interview with Innar Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology


The interview discusses the Estonian government’s innovative use of information technology, Innar’s work in computational social science, and how data can be used to develop and manage government policy. Issues related to privacy and social media are explored, including the … Continue reading

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Technology’s Role in the Rise of Populism – Why The World Has Trump and Might Get Oprah


Many experienced North American participants in the political process were confident that Donald Trump’s election wouldn’t happen. Many in Europe were confident that Britain would vote to remain in the European Community. Many in Scotland were confident that support for … Continue reading

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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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