11º Workshop

Digital Policy. Processes and trends for a research agenda in Latin America

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Digital policy processes have gained greater prominence in contemporary political scenarios. As the media and digital technologies penetrate more and more into the daily life of citizens, the availability of information on the political, the public discussion about it -as well as the cognitive and civic mobilization that this makes possible- exert a greater influence on political institutions and citizens.

Regarding the first, this abundance of information has been faced by governments by professionalizing and adapting their practices to the routines and languages of the media and technological users, so that a significant part of the time, energy and budget of politicians and public servants is dedicated to managing public and published opinion, as well as their reactions. In the same way, electoral campaigns and the performance of the media are also subjected to greater public scrutiny, thereby increasing their chances of responsiveness. Digitization, on the other hand, gives rise to phenomena of greater linkage between rulers and ruled (open government, e-government), but also to phenomena of coercion and institutional manipulation (electronic surveillance, computer propaganda).

On the other hand, civil society has found in the digital media channels of expression and deliberation of their opinions and political demands, as well as the articulation of groups and currents of opinion capable of expressing themselves publicly and exerting pressure on the entities of the State. Contemporary social movements are orchestrated from the streets to the networks and vice versa. Citizen mobilization has expressions in digital activism and the emergence and consolidation of identities and political communities on the Internet. The concept of digital citizenship makes citizen empowerment feasible, a less vertical relationship with political elites and a certain modification in democratic dynamics. Thus, far from being an instrumental aspect of the task of governing or competing for power, the digital component has become a central factor in governability, governance and the effectiveness of public policies.

In the scenario of these phenomena, this workshop aims to identify and discuss the most relevant phenomena, problems and trends of digital policy in the Latin American sphere. This in order to nurture a research agenda in order to strengthen this line of study adjusted to the particularities of the region.


  • Digital democracy
  • Governance in the digital age
  • Government communication
  • E-government
  • Digitization policies
  • Parties and digital campaigns
  • Hybrid electoral campaigns
  • Digital journalism
  • Connective action
  • Digital citizenship and affective audiences
  • Disinformation and fake news
  • Dialogue and deliberation on platforms

General Coordinator:

  • Martín Echeverría, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)

Technical Coordinator:

  • Jorge Castillo, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)

Scientific Committee:

  • Carlos Ahuactzin, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
  • Jorge Castillo, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
  • Martín Echeverría, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
  • Rubén González, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)