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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? [...]

The Good Lobby Blog: The Go-To-Point for Online and Offline Activism

June 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

  THE GOOD LOBBY BLOG: THE GO-TO-POINT FOR ONLINE AND OFFLINE ACTIVISM by Alberto Alemanno* The Good Lobby fosters a global community of inspired and inspiring individuals and organisations sharing their talents, expertise and energy to empower citizens, grassroots, NGOs and unconventional coalitions to lobby for the public interest. It is a go-to-point both for [...]

Visibility is power!

June 21st, 2017|Opinion|

  VISIBILITY IS POWER! by Paula Muleiro* Lobbying is a healthy channel of democratic participation, provided that all interests groups can access the decision-making process in equal terms. Most of the initiatives to regulate lobbying have focused so far on transparency, neglecting the influence that power exerts over the access to the democratic system. Therefore, [...]

A Journey Through Gamified Governance and its Dilemmas

June 20th, 2017|Opinion|

  A JOURNEY THROUGH GAMIFIED GOVERNANCE AND ITS DILEMMAS by Gianluca Sgueo*  Public governance is increasingly gamified, both at the national and supranational levels. Many reasons may be used to explain the growing interest for gamification in the public sphere. However, having to pick up one cause, the most important, this would certainly be the [...]

The Good Lobby Fellowships

April 12th, 2017|Opinion|

Fellowships at The Good Lobby  The Good Lobby is interested in hiring students (especially LLM graduates) seeking post-graduate fellowship opportunities (in particular former interns at EU institutions, EU NGOs, lobbying firms and law firms).  Alberto Alemanno Lamin Khadar Fellowships with The Good [...]

Reform at the Court of Justice: “What Caseload backlog?”

June 1st, 2016|Opinion|

Reform at the Court of Justice: "What Caseload backlog?" In just a few years the Court of Justice of the European Union will change radically. According to recently enacted Regulation 2015/2422, the General Court will double in size to a total of 56 judges (two per member state instead of [...]