The Democracy Futures project on The Conversation is a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The material published in this series aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century.
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...
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney enjoys an international linkage with Germany’s leading social science research institute, the WZB Berlin Social Sciences Centre. In addition to the mutual transfer of scientific materials and publications, the institutions work together in collaborative teaching, training, research staff and student exchanges.
Edward Snowden confirmed facts that had previously been considered the stuff of fiction. Before and after Snowden’s revelations, this panel of experts on surveillance has used fiction, investigative journalism and research to provoke questions about democratic rights to privacy, freedom of association and expression in a world of dragnet surveillance.