I found Mathias Klang’s PhD thesis yesterday: Disruptive Technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy [PDF], which he released under a Creative Commons license (he is Project Lead for Creative Commons Sweden).
At 265 pages, I’ve only been able to skim it so far; his approach seems to be built around an explicit link between ‘free software’, technological regulation and democratic values, which he divides between:
I guess in the end, the thesis is another priece of free software advocacy, but it’s well researched and provides a seemingly coherent framework. There might be something to gain by cross-matching these with Macintosh’s Characterising e-Participation in Policy Making where she defines three levels of participation: enabling, engaging and empowering.
My deli.ico.us entry follows:
Post doc at University of Göteborg