Daniela Piana

Augmented democracy: more open, less free?



Constitutional democracies comprise high levels of freedoms’ guarantees to meet the needs of an open and fair society. This overarching principle has inspired countless domestic policies addressing the conditions of access to information, participation in the public sphere, and the effective scrutability of rulers and policy-makers. The promising tale of the digital transformation as a catalyzer of democratic changes leading to more openness and, thereby, more freedom, proved to be less genuinely reflected into the reality. This article raises several critical questions about the linearity – often praised in the international debate – between digital opportunities and the improvement of democracy.


  • Freedom
  • Digital Democracy
  • Digital Transformation
  • Rule of Law


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