Digital Rights

Hostile takeover: How Orbán is subjugating the media in Hungary

Viktor Orbán and his closest allies have taken control of most of the Hungarian media. Journalists at loyal outlets are expected to closely follow instructions from the state apparatus; in exchange, they receive advertising money from government institutions.

By Krisztian Simon, Tibor Rácz

Digital Media Stimulates Prominence of Local Perspectives in Favela Narratives

In an interview with Heinrich Böll Foundation Brasil, journalist Thamyra Thâmara, from Complexo do Alemão, speaks about the importance of digital media for popular communicators in the favelas–spaces which are stigmatized by the mainstream media and portrayed as impoverished and violent.

By Bruna de Lara, Thamyra Thâmara

The Regulation of Online-harassment

Violent communication has relevant effects on queer feminist internet activism. This article focuses on options and necessities of regulating such forms of violent anti-feminist and racist communication. How to prevent or to stop violent online-communication?

By Gitti Hentschel, Francesca Schmidt

Dissatisfaction peaks with internet tax

The year 2014 was supposed to be a year of success stories for Fidesz in Hungary. But demonstrations against the internet tax have become a channel through which the people have been able to express their dissatisfaction.

 

By András Jámbor

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Dossier

Economics and the Common(s)

The prevailing dogma of market-fundamentalism has increasingly been called into question as the predatory dynamics of the market economy became clear and as its threats to the biosphere have become more acute. Our conference has opened up new vistas in politics, economics and culture by exploring the commons as an alternative worldview and provisioning system.

Publication

Perspectives Africa: #Game-Changer

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Political discourse and action is coordinated more and more through Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp. This edition of Perspectives Africa capture the complex and plural ways in which Africans are attempting to use new media to democratice democracy on the continent, the challenges they face, and the valuable lessons learned.

Perspectives Middle East #7: Rumours

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Rumours serve as a medium through which unfulfilled hopes or unspecific fears can be voiced. They bond and drive a wedge between people and population groups at the same time. An issue about the social function of rumours.

New Media: Born to Be Democracy

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All over the world, information technologies and the internet have taken an increasingly important role in communication, challenging the conventional means of news consumption. Our office in Thailand has performed interviews with academics, journalists and activists to explore the role of new media in social movements in Thailand, and how it will develop.

The Commons - Prosperity by Sharing

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This report attempts to explore the potential of the commons if they are used wisely and sustainably. It delves into the reasons why so many commons are threatened and examines the rules that can help protect the commons from ruin. This article provides also a french version of the report.
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Civil Society Goes Brussels

Businesses have long since grasped it – and now civil society is following suit: Whoever wants to make political gains can no longer afford to be solely active in their respective capitals. Whether it is about the environment, about consumer protection, about civil society in the digital age – increasingly Brussels is the place where the action is.  By Falk Lüke

Democracy Needs Attention

Yet for several years Europe's academics and politicians have stressed the need for a European public as a basis for a vital European democracy - but how this public could be constituted remained unclear. The Europe-wide protests against ACTA showed: a European public has to emerge from above. By Jan Philipp Albrecht

"We have succumbed to some very weak arguments"

The British government is considering new Internet surveillance laws, which would allow investigation authorities to monitor users’ email traffic, visited websites, phone calls and text messages in real time and without court authorization. Civil rights activists fear a far-reaching intrusion into the privacy of British citizens. Heinrich Böll Foundation has talked to Nick Pickles, director of the privacy and civil liberties organisation Big Brother Watch, about the proposal.
 

Digital Rights & Net Culture

In recent years, debates about social media, web censorship, copyright, net neutrality, and intellectual property rights have gained momentum.  Ever since the story about the NSA’s surveillance activities broke, basic and civil rights have been at the top of the agenda. Today, digital rights is not purely a question of “web politics” anymore, rather it is about a “digital society” and the question of how we want to live in the future.

Events

Oct 25Oct 31
Contemporary Documentaries
Berlin
Nov 03Nov 09
Contemporary Documentaries
Hamburg
Nov 08
The Struggle for Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia
Berlin
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