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The European Way of Digital: How to make tech work for open societies in Europe

Bridges Publications and Articles

We launched our latest publication in Brussels on the 11th of July.  It is an edited collection that brings together a wide-range of contributions from participants in our November 2018 retreat dedicated to re-imagining the open society in the digital age. The collection examines the specific ways in which the EU can address the worries […]

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The Bridges Retreat 2018: Post-retreat synthesis

Bridges Publications and Articles

The Bridges Retreat 2018 brought together an exceptional collaboration of academics, policymakers and industry experts. Each participant applied their unique perspective to tackle the most pressing dilemmas faced by open societies in the digital age. Over the 48 hours we had together, future scenarios were mapped, policy frameworks were sketched, and many promising connections were […]

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The Digitally Networked Public Sphere – A Review of Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci (part 1)

Bridges Publications and Articles

In Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, Zeynep Tufekci provides a novel analysis of the trajectories and fortunes of contemporary political movements in an age of social media platforms, mobile smartphones and big data. Tufekci participated as an observer to and an activist within a number of anti-authoritarian movements (Tahrir […]

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The Bridges Retreat 2018: The ‘seatbelt moment’ for digital disruption

Bridges Publications and Articles

Society no longer expects unbridled good from digital technology. Alongside many positive impacts, digital technology has also brought about a crisis of disinformation and conspiracy in online spaces. The mental health effects of addictive architectures are becoming particularly pronounced in young users of social media, abuse and hate speech have become a common feature of online […]

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The Bridges Retreat 2018: Digital ethics in digital transformation

Bridges Publications and Articles

In the past decades, societies have been faced with dramatic social, cultural, economic and political shifts brought about by the spread of digital technologies. With novel technologies permeating the structural elements of society and bringing about fundamental and irreversible shifts in how we live our lives, there is a growing demand for a robust digital […]

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The Bridges Retreat 2018: Reimagining the open society in the digital age

Bridges Publications and Articles

Our next retreat will be held in November 2018. The guiding question for the retreat is broad: if emerging digital societies supported social well-being and liberal democracy, what would they look like and how would they be governed? The best way to start answering this question is to put human beings at the heart of […]

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The digital transformation and inequality: technology, institutions and the redistribution of agency

Bridges Publications and Articles

The digital transformation and inequality: technology, institutions and the redistribution of agency. Counterpoint and OSEPI convened a workshop in Berlin with a select group of policymakers from across Europe to consider and debate the ways in which the digital transformation is shaping and fuelling inequality in our societies. We examined what the psychological and sociological […]

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Tentacles of Circumstance – the political consequences of inequality

Bridges Publications and Articles

This publication is a collection of essays drawn from a seminar we held in Paris in September 2017.  We brought together historians, psychologists, sociologists, philosophers and economists to examine the multi-faceted nature of inequality and its experience and the manner in which these were seized upon by various political actors.

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An interview with Stephen Boucher

Bridges Publications and Articles

The Bridges team spoke to Stephen Boucher, former program director at the European Climate Foundation and a longstanding member of our Bridges network. Stephen has just published a new book on creativity and politics and we were keen to find out more about this.

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The Bridges Project: Different thinking for a different politics?

Visual Media

A new political landscape needs new kinds of conversations that can help us think differently about politics and policy. Our Bridges Project does exactly that. Watch our new film to see how using different ‘lenses’ can shed light on crucial policy issues and shape new solutions to tackle deep political uncertainty. The Bridges Project, a collaboration between Counterpoint […]

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