Que faire face à l’impérialisme de plateforme?

2019 fait suite à une année cauchemardesque pour Facebook, qui a mis en lumière la face sombre du géant technologique de la Silicon Valley. Cette année, c’est aussi une année cruciale pour le continent européen, car année d’élection du Parlement européen, dans un contexte de grande incertitude et de défiance croissante envers les institutions politiques. […]

ICTs in the Euro zone

Digital technologies or information and communication technologies (ICTs) include a wide range of tools, processes and actors to improve the collection, storage, dissemination, and analysis of information. ICTs have these characteristics of being highly invasive and constantly evolving. They therefore have an impact on most of our personal, professional and political activities. Within the Euro […]

From great promises to pitfalls

If the US presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012 seemed to confirm the conviction that digital tools, including the internet and social networks, empowered civil society organisations and grassroots movements, and thus reinforced democracy, the US Presidential campaign of 2016 highlighted the challenges posed by digital technologies. Internet and digital technologies were first seen as […]

Plurality of opinions

Digital technologies are ubiquitous. From sunrise to sunset, we are immersed in a world where virtual and real intermingle permanently. The decisions we make every day are now heavily influenced by technology. We have gained new skills in terms of access to information. The world is within the reach of a click. Everything is always […]

Journalism 2.0

The 21st century saw the emergence of the social media era that empowered individuals and civil society to interact and collaborate. Information is now shared globally and instantaneously: Twitter replaced newspapers by becoming the first source of information: an event happens in the world…and we all check Twitter and YouTube for more information, and look […]

Personal data and trust

At the beginning of the generalization of internet, many scholars and policy-makers were techno-optimist: seeing this transformational technology as a promising opportunity to increase public participation in local to global governance mechanisms, improve public institutions efficiency and effectiveness, and bring peoples together by bridging the gap between cultures, languages and territories. Since then, a number […]

Born with the 3rd screen

Born with the third screen, the Net generation or digital grown ups to quote Don Tapscott, don’t use their mobile phone to call someone but rather to tweet, take a photo and upload it on Instagram, record a video and share it on Snapchat, play an online video game, send instant messages to their group of friends […]

Blockchain to replace IOs

The fourth industrial revolution described by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the convergence of the physical, digital, and biological worlds, is often portrayed as being a unique opportunity for citizens to engage with public authorities, and sustain economic growth and unprecedented innovations in terms of speed (exponential growth), scope (disrupts almost every industry in […]

Technology and democracy

According to the OECD, participation[1] comprises of three elements: access to information, consultation and active participation. It is often said that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have increased participation in global governance arrangements by providing global and affordable access to information; offering new possibilities to consult vast number of individuals and stakeholders simultaneously, and enabling […]