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Topic 1: New Media and Cultural Participation

Your Idea / SuggestionToday’s media and, in particular, the new digital information and communication technologies heavily impact the social and cultural life of our societies.

Can digital media enhance democracy, even lead to a democratisation of culture? Have these technologies actually made us more (inter-) active citizens as far as cultural creation and expression are concerned?

Related questions and concerns are taken up in a "Think Piece" by Dutch expert Joost Smiers, along with controversial issues such as copyright in the digital age. Recently this came up in the debates of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), whose EU-wide adoption was just rejected by the European Parliament. As well, the sudden success of "Pirate Parties" all over Europe can be attributed to their outspoken challenge of the current forms of exploitation of intellectual property rights.

We look forward to your views and comments!

Related Articles (2) | Ideas / Suggestions (2)

The Power of Arts

Topic 1 | Friday, 09 November, 2012 14:37 GMT+2, by Marisa Benson, Ewing, NJ, USA

When Arts and Technology collide and fuse, democracy can not only be enhanced but can give birth to a multiplier effect that can even go viral. Stakeholders from diverse backgrounds with a range of ta...

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Bring copyright back to its original purpose!

Topic 1 | Monday, 14 May, 2012 16:33 GMT+2, by Johannes Bouphos, Germany

Good idea to include copyright issues in such a reflection. However, on should not throw the baby out with the bath-water, as is now often the case when such debates are reduced mainly to a conflict be...

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