Sydney Democracy Network

Based at the University of Sydney, SDN is a new initiative preoccupied with the new, exciting and dangerous political trends of our times. The researchers, lecturers, activists, journalists and policy makers associated with SDN come from different walks of life and have a diverse range of interests, but they all see themselves as concerned citizens sharing the same goal: to rethink, strengthen and transform the ideals and practices of democracy. Guided by a strong sense of context and history, they see democracy as both a form of government and a way of life committed to greater equality and the practical refusal of publicly unaccountable power.

SDN supports enquiries into a rich variety of subjects, including networked politics, online mobilisation and the future of journalism in a media-saturated world; global public disaffection with representative government; political ethics; surveillance technologies; the gendering of politics; democratic deficits within cross-border governing institutions; and environmental movements, corporate power and the fate of our biosphere Read more...

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  • Festival of Democracy 2015

    Welcome to the 2015 Festival of Democracy.

    Join us at the University of Sydney for two days of exciting talks, debates and art focused squarely on the new, exciting and dangerous political trends facing all democracies today. The Festival is open to all, and there’s something for everybody.

    There will be contributions on citizens under surveillance, the Spanish democratic laboratory, the plight of the Rohingya, and radioactive waste dumping.

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