Past the Silicon Valley: Towards a European Digital Public Sphere

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)

The recurrent complaint about the lack of a European ‘demos’ misses an important point. Democracy never existed in an unmediated space, the demos is always shaped by the spaces and instruments through which assemblies can be summoned. In Europe’s intellectual history, physical places as well as communication spaces like journals and magazines have played a pivotal role in shaping a particular form of critical modernity. But what about the new virtual infrastructures? What kind of ‘digital public sphere’ is emerging here, and what role could or should ‘Europe’ play in this regard? Do we need a governance of the European virtual space and who should be entrusted with it? Should we work towards lifting the national regulations and harmonize European policies in order to create a unified European digital space, on the model of a ‘unified market’? Or should a European digital public sphere be conceived of as a digital commons, emerging through a bottom-up process of civil society?

Authors Alloa, Emmanuel
Projects Alloa, Emmanuel (2016) Transparency and its Discontents [fundamental research project]
Subjects information management
political science
Institute/School SHSS - School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSG Classification contribution to practical use / society
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Date 20 October 2017
Event Title 9th Käte Hamburger Dialogue – Praxis Europa
Event Location Essen
Event Dates 20 October 2017
Official URL
Depositing User Dr. Emmanuel Alloa
Date Deposited 07 Jan 2018 18:01
Last Modified 07 Jan 2018 18:01


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