The dilemmas around digital citizenship in a post-Brexit and post-pandemic Northern Ireland: towards an algorithmic nation?

Igor Calzada, John R.T. Bustard

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Abstract

Northern Ireland (NI) has pervasively been a fragile and often disputed city-regional nation. Despite NI’s slim majority in favour of remaining in the EU, de facto Brexit, post-pandemic challenges and the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) have revealed a dilemma: people of all political hues have started to question aspects of their own citizenship. Consequently, this article suggests an innovative approach called ‘Algorithmic Nations’ to better articulate its emerging/complex citizenship regimes for this divided and post-conflict society in which identity borders and devolution may be facilitated through blockchain technology. This article assesses implications of this dilemma for a city-regionalised nation enmeshed within the UK, Ireland and Europe. This article explores digital citizenship in NI by applying ‘Algorithmic Nations’ framework particularly relating to intertwined (i) cross-bordering, (ii) critical awareness, (iii) digital activism and (iv) post-pandemic realities and concludes with three dilemmas and how ‘Algorithmic Nations’ framing could better integrate NI’s digital citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalCitizenship Studies
Early online date13 Jan 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Jan 2022

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Keywords

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Geography
  • Planning and Development
  • COVID-19
  • devolution
  • Brexit
  • algorithmic nations
  • digital citizenship
  • Northern Ireland

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