What is technopolitics? A conceptual scheme for understanding politics in the digital age

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Kurban, C., Peña-López, I. & Haberer, M. (2016). “What is technopolitics? A conceptual scheme for understanding politics in the digital age”. In Balcells, J., Borge, R., Delgado García, A.M., Fiori, M., Julià, M., Marsan Raventós, C., Peña-López, I., Pifarré de Moner, M.J., Torrubia, B. & Vilasau, M. (Coords.), Building a European digital space, 499-519. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 7-8 July, 2016. Barcelona: UOC-Huygens Editorial.

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e-Democracy | Economics

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technopolitics

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In this article, we seek to revisit what the term ‘technopolitical’ means for democratic politics in our age. We begin with tracing down how the term was used, and then transformed through various and conflicting uses of ICTs in governmental, civil organizations and bottom-up movements. Two main streams can be distinguished: studies about internet-enhanced politics, labeled as e-government and Politics 2.0 that imply facilitating the existing practices such as e-voting, e-campaign, and e-petition. The internet-enabled perspective on the other hand builds up on the idea that ICTs are essential for the organization of (or organizing of) contentious politics, citizen participation and deliberative processes. Under a range of labels studies have often used concepts in an undefined or underspecified manner for describing their scope of investigation. After critically reviewing and categorizing the main literature towards concepts used for describing ICT-based political performances, in this article we construct a conceptual model of technopolitics: A schema consisting of the six dimensions context, scale, direction, purpose, synchronization, and actors systematizing informal and formal ways of political practices. In the following section we explain the dimensions by real-world examples to illustrate the unique characteristics of each technopolitical action field and the power dynamics that influence them. We conclude by arguing how this systematization will help facilitating academic research in the future.

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Kurban, C., Peña-López, I. & Haberer, M. (2016). “What is technopolitics? A conceptual scheme for understanding politics in the digital age”. In Balcells et al. (Coords.), Building a European digital space, 499-519. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 7-8 July, 2016. Barcelona: UOC-Huygens Editorial.
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Kurban, C., Peña-López, I. & Haberer, M. (2016). “What is technopolitics? A conceptual scheme for understanding politics in the digital age”. In Balcells et al. (Coords.), Building a European digital space, 499-519. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 7-8 July, 2016. Barcelona: UOC-Huygens Editorial.