Articles from Policy & Internet

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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Could Counterfactuals Explain Algorithmic Decisions Without Opening the Black Box?

Exploring the role of algorithms in our everyday lives, and how a “right to explanation” for decisions might be achievable in practice …
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A distributed resilience among darknet markets?

The actions by law enforcement were deliberately structured to seed distrust in illicit trading platforms. Did this effort succeed? …
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Mapping Fentanyl Trades on the Darknet

The US accounts for almost 40% of global darknet trade, with Canada and Australia at 15% and 12%, respectively …
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