ICT: a curse or a blessing for our democracy?

Thursday, August 9 2018, 12:10

DEN HAAG (PDC i) - On the one hand, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the potential to enable direct democracy and non-traditional forms of advocacy and citizen participation. On the other hand, ICT could be powerful enough to disrupt our democracy, for example by means of spreading fake news and incorrect information.

How can ICT further enhance democracy whilst avoiding misuse? How can we examine the impact of online democracy on the upcoming European elections? What are the biggest success stories so far and what are foreseeable threats of a digital transformation?

On Thursday 13 September, 2018, two experts shed light on these questions during the Europe Lecture.

IT visionary Linnar Viik i shares his own experiences with online democracy. He is responsible for the implementation of egovernance in Estonia, the only country where 99% of the public services - including voting - is now online accessible.

Professor of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law, Mireille Hildebrandt, will approach the topic of ICT and its impact on democracy by looking at both technical challenges and societal dilemmas.

Professor for Media and Society, Rens Vliegenthart, moderates the closing debate between the two experts.

Practical information

Date: Thursday, September 13, 17:45

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

Language: English

Please apply via the registration form. We count on your attendance. If you are unexpectedly hindered, we kindly request you to inform us via info@europelecture.com.

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