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Democracy 2.0 and the 15-M movement

For years, people have been talking about Democracy 2.0: the use of communications technologies to create public areas in cyberspace based on democratic principles. Nonetheless, the phrase tends to generate uncertainty, especially because of the tendency to put the 2.0 tag on any new development on the internet, obscuring, in a way, the principles that underlie these developments. If we are referring to democracy, it will exist on the web solely on the basis of the methods and criteria used to design and organize websites.

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July 18th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Malcontents in search of democracy

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In recent weeks Spain has witnessed campouts and protests over the political system and the economy. In different cities citizens, mostly young, have taken over public squares to express their opinions, highlight their grievances and try to create, at least initially, a (non-virtual) social network that they hope will translate into a movement that makes clear the real power of citizens in a democratic society. Although some of the protests have been violent, the movement has acted quickly to distance itself from illegal courses of action.

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June 21st, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

What will follow the Spanish Spring?

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Spain’s 15-M protest has now moved out of the squares and into the streets. While its structure and the lack of a detailed, coherent manifesto hinder it when it comes to offering solutions, the movement has managed to galvanise the political consciousness of thousands of young people.

June 13th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

How police brutality helped Spain’s 15-M protests

The use of unnecessary force to clear protesters from central Barcelona has reinforced the negative image of Catalonia’s mossos police force. It was also a shot in the arm for a flagging protest movement.

June 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Roll up, roll up, for the Socialist horror show

The Spanish Socialist Party has just suffered its heaviest election defeat ever. But with internal strife finally bubbling over, things can still get worse.

May 27th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

15-M: Spain’s lost generation finds a voice

Unprecedented “anti-political” protests have hogged the headlines around the country during the local election campaign. But can the nascent 15-M movement make a difference to Spain’s exhausted political landscape?

May 21st, 2011 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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