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Machiavelli Confronts 21st Century Digital Technology: Democracy in a Network Society


Walter S. Baer


Annenberg Center for Communication

Nikita Borisov


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

George Danezis


Microsoft Corporation

Seda F. Guerses


KU Leuven

Marek Klonowski


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Miroslaw Kutylowski


Wroclaw University of Technology

Ursula Maier-Rabler


ICT&S Center; University of Salzburg

Tal Moran


Harvard University

Andreas Pfitzmann


Technical University of Dresden

Bart Preneel


K. U. Leuven

Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi


Ruhr University Bochum

Thierry Vedel


Center for Political Research, Sciences Po Paris

Tracy Westen


University of Southern California

Filip Zagorski


Wroclaw University of Technology

William H. Dutton


University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

December 10, 2009


Abstract:     
Computer science and informatics have great potential to improve citizen engagement with public officials, voting, access to public information and other democratic processes. Yet progress towards achieving these aims on a wide scale remains slow. A main reason for this lack of progress is that digital technologies create the potential to alter significantly the relative influence of different groups and actors in the political process, and thereby quickly become embroiled in a political debate that crosses and complicates technical discussions. These political conflicts and uncertainties have been made more transparent in applications of the Internet and related Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to support democratic processes. The challenges created by these techno-political tensions, and how to address them, were the overall cross-cutting themes that emerged from the interdisciplinary Dagstuhl Seminar on Democracy in a Network Society, on which this paper is based. The seminar involved a multidisciplinary group of computer and social scientists, legal scholars, practitioners and policy experts who aimed to chart the latest technical approaches to e-democracy and governance. Their intention was not to tell politicians how to maintain and enhance their power with the support of new technologies, in the manner of Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli’s 16th Century adviser to the prince. Instead, participants explored how new technologies could enhance or constrain the power of politicians and the general public, depending on how the technologies and the systems based on them are designed and implemented.

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Baer, Walter S. and Borisov, Nikita and Danezis, George and Guerses, Seda F. and Klonowski, Marek and Kutylowski, Miroslaw and Maier-Rabler, Ursula and Moran, Tal and Pfitzmann, Andreas and Preneel, Bart and Sadeghi, Ahmad-Reza and Vedel, Thierry and Westen, Tracy and Zagorski, Filip and Dutton, William H., Machiavelli Confronts 21st Century Digital Technology: Democracy in a Network Society (December 10, 2009). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1521222 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1521222

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Walter S. Baer
Annenberg Center for Communication ( email )
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-7725
United States
Nikita Borisov
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )
601 E John St
IL
+1 217 903-4401 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://hatswitch.org/~nikita/
George Danezis
Microsoft Corporation ( email )
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States
Seda F. Guerses
KU Leuven ( email )
Van Evenstraat 2B
B-3000 Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium
Marek Klonowski
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Miroslaw Kutylowski
Wroclaw University of Technology ( email )
ul. Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
Wroclaw, 50-370
Poland
+48713202109 (Phone)
+48713202105 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://kutylowski.im.pwr.wroc.pl
Ursula Maier-Rabler
ICT&S Center ( email )
Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 18
Salzburg, 5020
Austria
+43 662 8044 4800 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.icts.uni-salzburg.at
University of Salzburg ( email )
Akademiestraße 26
Salzburg, Salzburg 5020
Austria
Tal Moran
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Andreas Pfitzmann
Technical University of Dresden ( email )
Bart Preneel
K. U. Leuven ( email )
Vlaams-Brabant
Belgium
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi
Ruhr University Bochum ( email )
Bochum, NRW
Thierry Vedel
Center for Political Research, Sciences Po Paris ( email )
98 rue de l'Université
Paris, 75007
France
Tracy Westen
University of Southern California ( email )
734 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
310-470-6590 x114 (Phone)
310-475-3752 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.cgs.org
Filip Zagorski
Wroclaw University of Technology ( email )
ul. Smoluchowskiego 25
Wroclaw, 50-372
Poland
William H. Dutton (Contact Author)
University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )
1 St Giles
Oxford OX1 3JS Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom
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01865 287 211 (Fax)
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