By Jan Zielonka If Ukraine is so important for the EU, then why does the EU do so little to assist it? Bloody clashes in front of the Ukrainian Parliament have reminded us about the EU’s tormented neighbour. Ultra-nationalists were not successful in the last parliamentary elections, but...

By Simon Tormey, University of Sydney To Save Everything Click Here: Technology, Solutionism and the Urge to Fix Problems That Don’t Exist by Evgeny Morozov | Penguin, $22.99 pb, 428 pp, 9780241957707 What are the implications of the ever-accelerating revolution in information communication technology on our lives? Is the Internet a force for good, for...

Monday 24 August 2015 Senate Room, Quadrangle Building, University of Sydney Connie Hedegaard was European Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 to 2014 and President of the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen in 2009. With the next major international meeting on climate change ('COP 21’) taking place in Paris this...

  Published on 17 August 2015, ABC The World Today PODCAST | Egyptian anti-terror law symbollic of increasingly authoritarian government: expert [audio mp3="http://sydneydemocracynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/20150817-twt09-amroaliiv.mp3"][/audio] In Egypt, an anti-terror law has been approved that toughens sentences for crime and protects authorities in enforcing the law. Journalists can be heavily fined under the...

By Irfan Ahmad, Institute for Religion, Politics, & Society, Australian Catholic University Publisher: Routledge Journal of Religious and Political Practice, published online: 29 Jul 2015. [caption id="attachment_9246" align="alignright" width="355"] John Keane in conversation with Irfan A hmad.[/caption] In a wide-ranging conversation with Irfan Ahmad, John Keane, renowned political scientist and...

This is part of the Democracy Futures Seminar Series, Thursday 13 August 2015.   Dr Zoë Sadokierski (site: http://zoesadokierski.com/Analogue-Bodies-publication-design) from the University of Technology Sydney’s School of Design describes how writing a regular column for The Conversation provides an opportunity to be the author, designer and editor of...

Friday 7 August 2015 6:00-8:00pm The Great Hall, University of Sydney Speakers: Ivan M. Havel, Tereza Todorová, Associate Professor Fabio Ramos, Associate Professor Mari Velonaki and Professor John Keane(chair) Co-presented with Sydney Ideas and the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney Listen to lecture: [buzzsprout episode='297083' player='true'] We're living through a second machine age revolution...

Dr Kumi Naidoo in conversation with Amanda Tattersall Wednesday 5 August 2015 6.00 - 7.00pm Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium Listen to the lecture: [buzzsprout episode='295611' player='true'] Co-presented with Sydney Ideas and the Sydney Environment Institute and in association with Greenpeace at the University of Sydney Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Dr Kumi...

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