Digital Borders and Non-borders

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The emergence of digital technology nurtured the expectation of having an inclusive effect on political communications and interaction. It was thought that first, digital media would open new and more channels of citizens’ information, participation, and deliberation and thus fill the overall perceived participation gap in established democracies. And that second, more citizens (and also marginalized) could be empowered and included into public communication. On the other hand, digital divides like gender, education, age etc. caused disillusion. Moreover, from a global perspective there continues to exist regional divides.
This panel undertakes a fresh look on the question how inclusive or exclusive digital media actually are and what that means for political communication and also for the public sphere.