Distributed, privacy-enhancing technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence: New tactics and models of participatory democracy

Poblet Balcell, M 2018, 'Distributed, privacy-enhancing technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence: New tactics and models of participatory democracy', First Monday, vol. 23, no. 12, pp. 1-13.


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Title Distributed, privacy-enhancing technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence: New tactics and models of participatory democracy
Author(s) Poblet Balcell, M
Year 2018
Journal name First Monday
Volume number 23
Issue number 12
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher First Monday Editorial Group
Abstract This paper ex amines new civic engagement practices unfolding during the 2017 referendum on independence in Catalonia. These practices constitute one of the first signs of some emerging trends in the use of the Internet for civic and political action: the adoption of horizontal, distributed, and privacy-enhancing technologies that rely on P2P networks and advanced cryptographic tools. In this regard, the case of the 2017 Catalan referendum, framed within conflicting political dynamics, can be considered a first-of-its kind in participatory democracy. The case also offers an opportunity to reflect on an interesting paradox that twenty-first century activism will face: the more it will rely on private-friendly, secured, and encrypted networks, the more open, inclusive, ethical, and transparent it will need to be.
Subject Citizenship
Law and Society
Keyword(s) Distributed technologies
Encryption
Linked democracy
Participatory democracy
Political participation
Privacy
DOI - identifier 10.5210/fm.v23i12.9402
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ISSN 1396-0466
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