Participatory democracy and information and communications technology: A legal pluralist perspective


  • Michael Anthony C. Dizon Baker & McKenzie


This article explains why democracy and the important process of democratisation include but go beyond the ambit of the state and state laws, and how democracy and democratisation are both negotiated, contested, engaged with and made up by diverse state and non-state actors within plural legal orders and across multiple sites and transnational networks. This article aims to re-imagine the conception of democracy vis-à-vis information and communications technology from the perspectives of demo-diversity and legal pluralism. Furthermore, the author discusses why the transnational anti-DRM campaign is a successful example of democratisation in the digital networked environment.

Author Biography

Michael Anthony C. Dizon, Baker & McKenzie

*AB (Ateneo de Manila University), LLB (University of the Philippines), LLM with Distinction (University of Edinburgh). He is currently a Professional Support Lawyer with Baker & McKenzie's Global Information Technology & Communications Group. The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect those of his employer or the organisations with which he is connected.






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