Democracy in the 21st century: the impact of ICT


ICT has a great impact on our daily life in the 21st century. It has the potential to change democracy as we know it. Take Estonia for example. This country had has become one of the frontrunners of ICT. During elections, it is possible to vote online and Estonia is probably the only country in the world where 99% of the public services are available online.

Democracy, however, is not just a matter of voting but also a matter of an informed parliamentary debate and a vigilant civil society. This raises the question to what extent social media, microtargeting by political parties or the spread of fake news disrupt our democracy.

How can ICT be used to further enhance democracy and increase citizen participation? What are the biggest success stories of Estonia so far? Has online democracy become the new normal? What are foreseeable threats of this digital transformation? How do we know what information is reliable?

On Thursday 13 September, 2018, IT visionary Linnar Viik i and Professor of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law, Mireille Hildebrandt i , will share their vision on this matter. Professor for Media and Society, Rens Vliegenthart, will moderate the lecture.



Practical information

Date: Thursday, September 13, exact time to be announced

Location: Campus The Hague, Wijnhaven - Turfmarkt 99 The Hague

Language: English



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Background information

This year the Montesquieu-Prinsjeslezing will be organized by the Europe Lecture Foundation together with the Montesquieu Institute, under the umbrella of the Prinsjesfestival .

The Prinsjesfestival Foundation organises a yearly recurring event in celebration of democracy, in cooperation with a great amount of other organisations. The festival is held in the same week of Prince's Day and offers a programme full of festive and informative activities. Each year has a specific theme. The theme of 2017 was 'Time to find each other; polarisation - pacification 1917-2017'. The theme of this year's festival is 'Democracy: From us! For us! By us?! To watch or participate in our democracy'.

The Europe Lecture Foundation regularly organises a lecture about the meaning of Europe from a socio-economic, political or cultural perspective. In 1993, Jacques Attali kicked off the first Europe Lecture. From that point onwards, many inspiring speakers have maintained that tradition.