The People vs Technology, An Interview With Jamie Bartlett


Jamie Bartlett's recent book, The People vs Technology, discusses how information technology is impacting democracy. Jamie describes six pillars of democracy and the interview examines each of these in turn, before considering possible solutions to the challenges that this poses for society. The discussion looks at how information technology affects our free will, the rise …

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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 relationship between the citizen benefits of data based services and their privacy concerns. The interview …

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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 independence would remain a minority view (so far it has, but its close). In many …

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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 democracy that is posed by Fake News and the emergence of the Post Truth political …

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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 often directly opposed to each other in many of the areas that we consider. There …

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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 democracy today, what is likely to happen in the future and how does information technology …

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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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYemCCDi4Yk The internet supported and enabled political organisation and autocratic regimes were toppled. This topic was discussed …

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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 to the streets in Egypt. The Egyptian crisis followed the recent toppling of the government …

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