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Crisis in Democracy – an Introduction

September 27th, 2017|Opinion|

Amid the disagreements on how to answer to the current migration crisis affecting Europe the common denominator on which many states seem to agree is that there should be legal pathways to allow people to reach Europe safely. Some states in Europe have been actively engaged in making sure that this can happen by introducing private sponsorships for refugees. These programmes, although in different ways depending on how they have been shaped and implemented, allow NGOs, charities and people of good will more generally to team up with governments to privately sponsor individual refugees or refugee families by giving them a house, covering their living expenses, and providing effective integration within the society of the host country.

RENEWING DEMOCRACY THROUGH DELIBERATION: THE PORTUGUESE EXPERIENCE

September 14th, 2017|Opinion|

Some say Democracy is about elections. The right to choose those who have the power to govern one’s country or region for a few years. But are elections really enough to guarantee a healthy democracy and to make people feel they are an important piece of it? Probably not.

PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP: A PATH OUT OF THE CURRENT REFUGEE CRISIS

September 13th, 2017|Opinion|

Amid the disagreements on how to answer to the current migration crisis affecting Europe the common denominator on which many states seem to agree is that there should be legal pathways to allow people to reach Europe safely. Some states in Europe have been actively engaged in making sure that this can happen by introducing private sponsorships for refugees. These programmes, although in different ways depending on how they have been shaped and implemented, allow NGOs, charities and people of good will more generally to team up with governments to privately sponsor individual refugees or refugee families by giving them a house, covering their living expenses, and providing effective integration within the society of the host country.

TIMES OF CHANGE: THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE

September 13th, 2017|Opinion|

  TIMES OF CHANGE: THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE by María Peñarrubia* Due to lack of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) effectiveness that has not reached its full potential to foster citizen participation and democratic debate in these five years, the Commission has acknowledged the urgency of the ECI Regulation. On May [...]

GAMIFIED CIVIL SOCIETY ADVOCACY: BENEFICIAL OR DETRIMENTAL FOR DEMOCRACY?

September 13th, 2017|Opinion|

 GAMIFIED CIVIL SOCIETY ADVOCACY: BENEFICIAL OR DETRIMENTAL FOR DEMOCRACY?  REPORT FROM THE LISBON CONFERENCE 'DEMOCRACY & PARTICIPATION IN THE XXI CENTURY'. by Gianluca Sgueo* On 12-15 July 2017 the Lisbon School of Economics and Management held an international conference titled “Democracy & Participation in the XXI Century”. The conference hosted more than 100 sessions, organized [...]

Algorithmic Accountability and Artificial Intelligence

September 13th, 2017|Opinion|

ALGORITHMIC ACCOUNTABILITY & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WHY DO WE FEAR THE MACHINES? by Alessandro El Khoury* Artificial Intelligence is on the rise. Our jobs are threatened, our safety is threatened. Where does this fear originate from? Should we really be scared of machines? In this piece I try to understand if the uprising fear of Artificial [...]

The Grenfell Tower Disaster: Why Civil Society Needs to Learn Practical Politics

June 28th, 2017|Opinion|

 THE GRENFELL TOWER DISASTER: WHY CIVIL SOCIETY NEEDS TO LEARN PRACTICAL POLITICS  by Titus Alexander * Nobody would have been killed in Grenfell Tower if authorities listened to residents' concerns about fire safety. Like the Hillsborouh families, targets of sexual abuse or domestic violence, their voices were not heard and people suffered unbearably as a [...]

How Google Knows Your Cat and Why It Should Matter To You

June 27th, 2017|Opinion|

HOW GOOGLE KNOWS YOUR CAT AND WHY IT SHOULD MATTER TO YOU UNDERSTANDING CERTAIN CRITICAL ASPECTS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & DATA PROTECTION by Alessandro El Khoury* With Artificial Intelligence playing an ever-increasing role in IT development and society, many questions now tend to arise about its impact on humans and the protection of personal data. [...]

The European Citizens’ Initiative: a Right Destined to Success or Failure?

June 26th, 2017|Opinion|

  THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE: A RIGHT DESTINED TO SUCCESS OR FAILURE? by María Peñarrubia* The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is an instrument created with the aim to bring citizens to the decision-making process in Europe. However, is the ECI the propitious participatory democracy tool to reduce or eliminate the citizens’ disaffection in the EU? [...]