UC San Diego

Democracy Lab

The Democracy Lab at UC San Diego is a collective of scholars, community organizers, activists, educators, and practitioners working towards reenvisioning participatory democracy.

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"democratization is not about being ‘left alone,’ but about becoming a self that sees the values of common involvements and endeavors"

~ Sheldon Wolin


Our media lab offers conditions for experimenting with different media-making practices, with an eye toward better understanding the ways such practices foster (or frustrate) public participation, citizen engagement, and civic responsibility in a media–saturated, “infotainment” driven social environment.


The Democracy Lab advances research that asks how the rich, technologically dense, and ever-changing multitude of information systems and processes that saturate all aspects of modern life are organized institutionally, culturally, and individually to shape, manage, engineer, and bind together social worlds.