Category Archives: Law

Distributed, privacy-enhancing technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence: New tactics and models of participatory democracy

My paper on how civic groups leveraged distributed technologies in the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence is now available at First Monday. https://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/9402/7692 Abstract This paper examines new civic engagement practices unfolding during the 2017 referendum on independence in Catalonia. … Continue reading

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Assigning Creative Commons Licenses to Research Metadata: Issues and Cases

Check out our new book chapter discussing licensing options for research metadata: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-00178-0_16 Pre-print available here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.05700.pdf Abstract This paper discusses the problem of lack of clear licensing and transparency of usage terms and conditions for research metadata. Making research … Continue reading

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El moment constitucional

Catalunya viu un moment constitucional sense precedents, derivat d’un procés polític inèdit i transitat d’incògnites. Un temps únic d’efervescència d’iniciatives, projectes i debats sobre allò que s’esdevé, potser, una vegada (o menys) per generació: com fer una nova constitució. Arreu, … Continue reading

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We the crowd? Constitution making 2.0

This is an update of the post I wrote on crowdsourced constitutional reform in 2011. Constitution-making can be broadly defined as a set of activities intended to produce a constitution, the highest law of a state. To the UN Rule … Continue reading

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Catalonia in Europe: who will play the game?

The future relationship with the EU is a core issue in today’s debate about the independence of Catalonia. The slogan of the 2012 rally in Barcelona was “Catalonia, next state of Europe”, echoing the majoritarian desire within the independentist movement … Continue reading

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Catalans step up independence push despite Spain’s firm ‘no’

By Marta Poblet, RMIT University and Pompeu Casanovas, RMIT University This article was first published on The Conversation on 11 th September 2014 For three years in a row, Catalans have taken to the streets on September 11, Catalonia’s national … Continue reading

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Spanish politics: the anything goes culture

My most admired José Juan Toharia—the renowned sociologist who co-founded Cuadernos para el Dialogo back in 1962 and now presides public opinion research firm Metroscopia—has been providing a series of data-driven analysis on perceptions of Catalonia and Spain since the … Continue reading

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