Democracy & Digital Societies

Democracy & Digital Societies

Digital platforms have opened up new venues for democratic debate and freedom of expression, but they have also generated new dangers to civil liberties. Algorithmic decision-making has been shown to perpetuate biases, digital technologies are used for surveillance purposes, and the spread of disinformation on the internet is endangering democratic discourse and elections. We support international dialogue on how to protect democratic debate and civil liberties in the age of Big Tech.

Principles for protecting our digital environment


We can learn from political and societal strategies dealing with ecology how to shape our digital lives. We need clear regulation, incentives for innovation, and empowered citizens.

By Malte Spitz

A roadmap for a feminist internet policy


The public space of the internet is a far more hazardous place for women and LGBTI people than for other groups. We must defend and expand it as a free space.

By Francesca Schmidt

How GDPR Is Driving the US Privacy Legislation Debate


While US companies might dominate the tech industry, the European Union is leading the way on digital rights. By regulating a key part of the global market, the EU has put data protection on the agenda around the world. In the United States, reeling from the realisation that the control of data affords Big Tech enormous economic and political power, politicians from both sides are now calling for reform.

By Sabine Muscat

"If I trust you, I'll give you my data"

In April 2016, the European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Regulation. Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht was the parliament’s Rapporteur for the new law and led the negotiations. Heinrich Boell Foundation Program Director Hannah Winnick spoke with Jan Philipp Albrecht following a screening of the documentary “Democracy” on May 17, 2016.

By Hannah Winnick

Feminist Internet Policy from the Gunda Werner Institute


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