Mathias Klang

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:

  • Participation
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Property
  • Access
  • Autonomy

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 entry follows:


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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