January/February 2015

Democracy in the digital era

In the Jan/Feb magazine we are pleased to have Icelandic activist and founder of the Pirate Party, Birgitta Jonsdottir, guest editing an issue on the theme of 'democracy in the digital era'. It will be tackling some of the most thorny and controversial issues of the day: privacy, censorship, mass surveillance, media freedom. But it goes several steps further than most media reports by presenting powerful and practical ways in which we can create a deeper and more meaningful democracy and a richer more rebellious political engagement, using the tools of the internet age.









Stories making the news this month
6 Life goes on with leprosy in Nepal
6 ‘We are all Ayotzinapa’
7 Prison for police in Tunisia
7 Introducing Klaus Iohannis
7 Lebanese migrant families ripped apart
8 Seniors take on climate change
8 Colombians displaced by blood and fire
9 Battling for green space in Turkey
9 Time for an oil change in Oman?
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story
Democracy in the digital era
10 Democracy in the digital era
Activist and Icelandic Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jonsdottir on what we can do and the tools we can all use to strengthen democracy and make it real.

15 ACTION – ways, means and contacts

16 The FACTS – democracy in the digital era

18 More noise than signal
Micah L Sifry assesses the political limits of social media.

20 Dreams of freedom, dreams of domination
How the internet got colonized, by Jillian C York.

21 Tread softly in cyberspace
Dunja Mijatovic makes the case for light-touch regulation.

22 Everywhere in chains
Investigative journalist Nick Davies on the myth of press freedom.

23 Privacy vs transparency
Not necessarily opposed, argues Sunil Abraham.

24 Mind your own business
Privacy International’s Eric King on resisting surveillance.

25 A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
John Perry Barlow’s visionary 1996 statement.
28 The dictator and the popstar How General Pinochet Inadvertently helped create Chile’s thriving music scene. By Anne Hoffman.

Mixed Media
33 The best of 2014

34 Film reviews
I Am Yours, directed by Iram Haq; Pelo Malo (Bad Hair), directed by Mariana Rondon.

35 Music reviews
Akory by Razia Said; Sobre Noites e Dias by Lucas Santtana.

36 Book reviews
The Alphabet of Birds by SJ Naude; The Shifts and the Shocks by Martin Wolf; How To Speak Money by John Lanchester; Don’t Even Think About It by George Marshall.
PLUS: Also out there…

30 Mark Engler

32 Steve Parry
Life behind the curtain.
PLUS: Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.

4 Letters
Charities can’t be revolutionaries; tackling Big Oil; and what ‘free speech’ looks like in the US.

5 Letter from Bangui
Peacekeeping without peacebuilding is doomed to fail, says Ruby Diamonde.

26 Country Profile:
Dominican Republic

31 Southern Exposure
Pondering the future in Cameroon, by photographer Jean-Pierre Kepseu.

38 And Finally
‘We can change the world–but music can’t,’ Billy Bragg tells Louise Gray.




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