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With the likes of Pablo Iglesias and Ada Colau coming to power in Spain, we are witnessing the rise of the ‘post-representatives’. Barcelona En Comú/flickr

How the Spanish political laboratory is reconfiguring democracy

Spain has been transformed into a democratic laboratory, where the participation and use of new communication strategies are ready for experimentation and innovation.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg argues his social network can support more civic engagement. Ben Margot/AP Photo

Can Silicon Valley’s autocrats save democracy?

While Facebook's Zuckerberg suggested as much recently, companies run like autocracies cannot fulfill technology's promise of reinvigorating the democratic process.
Protesters post a hashtag to social media together to make it trend as they denounce policies of President Donald Trump at the Not My President’s Day Rally in Los Angeles, California February 20, 2017. David McNew/Reuters

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

Can social media create opportunities to identify and challenge government pitfalls and problematic policies?

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