At the Internet Democracy Project, we believe that the Internet is changing democracy just as irrevocably as it is changing dictatorships. But if that is the case, what does that mean for our struggles and visions for social change in the democratic world? While the role of technology in democratic transitions has received ample attention in recent times, the ways in which it fundamentally restructures democracy has not received similar amounts of consideration – even if many of the changes that we are seeing today are clearly contributing to a hollowing-out, rather than a strengthening, of democracy. It is the drive to find an answer to that question that lies at the heart of the Internet Democracy Project.
Through research, advocacy and debate, the Internet Democracy Project seeks to unearth both the changes wrought by technology to democracy-as-we-know-it and the implications of these changes for our visions of progessive social change if they are to remain relevant in the digital age.
Want to know more? Read our first blog post, ‘In Defence of Democracy’, here.