Articles from Policy & Internet

OpenAI may have rehired Sam Altman, but AI needs more accountability, not ‘geniuses’

The OpenAI employees had faith in Altman. They believed in his vision and they did not like that the board could dismiss him so easily. Is their upset justified? Did the board overstep its bounds? Or did it exercise a necessary check on power? …
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Five reasons ‘technological solutions’ are a distraction from the Irish border problem

Discussing the focus on ‘technological solutions’ in the context of the Irish border debate …
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Can “We the People” really help draft a national constitution? (sort of..)

There is a clear trend of greater public participation in the process of constitution making, and with the growth of e-democracy tools, this trend is likely to continue …
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Bursting the bubbles of the Arab Spring: the brokers who bridge ideology on Twitter

Scholarly interest in online activism has grown with its use. Do social media really challenge traditional politics? …
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In a world of “connective action” — what makes an influential Twitter user?

The new level of connectivity (particularly of social media) raises important questions about its role in the political process …
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How can we encourage participation in online political deliberation?

The Internet seems to provide an obvious opportunity to strengthen intra-party democracy and mobilise passive party members. However, these mobilising capacities are limited and participation has been low …
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Making crowdsourcing work as a space for democratic deliberation

Is crowdsourcing conducive to deliberation among citizens or is it essentially just a consulting mechanism for information gathering? …
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Habermas by design: designing public deliberation into online platforms

What particular platform features should we look to, to promote deliberative debate online? …
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Human Rights and Internet Technology: Six Considerations

The United Nations Human Rights Council has reaffirmed many times that “the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online” …
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