The State of Democracy

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Demorcacy: Where its at and where we’re headed

Democracy is at a turning point. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the tools for participating in decision making have become more widely spread but at the same time power and money has been concentrated further in the hands of the few.

Narratives of fear, security and austerity put individuals and nations against one another. Many feel indifferent and, or, ignored. Governments – local, regional, national and supra-national – have less resources, requiring difficult decisions, often within a short-term context.

Yet there are communities, governments, campaigners, technologists, thinkers, political parties and others working on how things could be different.

The State of Democracy as an extension of some research with the Democratic Society and Jon Worth. It aims to explore what is happening, point to interesting discussions and to see what answers might be found.


‘The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things’ – Hans Christian Anderson

Walking across the Rathus Square, Copenhagen
Lunch time chat, Copenhagen

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How information of the Japanese earthquake spread on Twitter

These videos display how information of the Japanese earthquake spread across Twitter in the first hour after the quake. They were released by Twitter on 29 June 2011.

Twitter state that they saw a 500% increase in Tweets from Japan as, “people reached out to friends, family and loved ones in the moments after the March 2011 earthquake”.
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Noted: Desperately Seeking Serendipity

One of the things that many of us scratch our heads over, particularly when it comes to the physical form of the newspaper or magazine, is serendipity. The article you read just because it caught your eye, rather than the article you were seeking to read.
In this essay Ethan Zuckerman, senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, takes us through his latest thinking in this area.

Desperately Seeking Serendipity
Is the internet really bringing the world together or are we stuck in the same old echo chamber? |, News, Augmented