Digital Democracy: Threats & (Design) Opportunities (Seminar)

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The first Brookings in The Hague event, organized together with Delft University of Technology, focuses on Digital Democracy. This event explores the weakness and dangers the digital environment poses to democracy, and investigates how the digital environment might be proactively redesigned in order to positively enhance the quality of democracy.

Digital democracy used to be a niche interest, but has been steadily gaining political relevance. Western countries have recently learned that the weakness of online platforms provide ample opportunities for derailing liberal democracy, through threats posed by ‘fake news’ and ‘political micro-targeting’. But the internet has also greatly enhanced freedom of speech, and enables many new opportunities in city governance and representative democracy. 

In the morning a panel discussion will be held in the Wijnhaven Building of the Leiden University. In the afternoon a series of presentations on fake news and micro-targeting will be held during the first CID Conference in the WTC The Hague.


Location part I: Wijnhaven Building, Spaanse Trappen, Turfmarkt 99, The Hague

09:30 am

Registration with coffee and tea

10:00 -11:30 am

Paneldiscussion with Prof. Dr. Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft Design for Values Institute), Prof. Dr. Frank Hendriks (Tilburg University) and Dr. Peter Burger (Leiden University)

Moderated by Ted Piccone (Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution)

Location part II: WTC The Hague, Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, The Hague

03:00 pm

Presentations on Fake News & Micro-targeting during the CID Conference with Tom Dobber (University of Amsterdam), Alexander Pleijter (Leiden University), Thijs Bogers (Leiden University / University of Amsterdam), Amir Ebrahimi-Fard (Delft University of Technology) and Emily Sullivan (Delft University of Technology).

Moderated by Haye Hazenberg (Delft University of Technology)

04:30 pm

Network drinks

To Register

Register to attend the panel discussion at the Wijnhaven Building, by sending an email to [email protected] before 27 November.


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