News and Research articles on Democracy

After the global euphoria about the internet's potentials for empowering individuals and supporting democracy, more realistic arguments have been put forward against this optimism. 1 Indeed, we have been observing an ongoing fight between the autocratic government in Turkey and the Turkish people over using the internet for the last 10 years. It

Internet filtering trends in liberal democracies: French and German regulatory debates


Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
Yana Breindl, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
PUBLISHED ON: 26 Apr 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.122

Liberal democracies are increasingly considering internet filtering as a means to assert state control over online information exchanges. A variety of filtering techniques have been implemented in Western states to prevent access to certain content deemed harmful. This development poses a series of democratic and ethical questions, particularly