Within the last few years, perceptions of the relationship between technology and democracy have changed dramatically. Where once commentators predicted digital tools would empower citizens and deepen participation in the democratic process, events such as the Cambridge Analytica whistleblowing scandal or Russia’s alleged interference in the Brexit referendum have since sparked fears that these same tools could be harming Western democracy.
What are the direct and indirect ways in which technological change is having an impact on the way democratic societies are run?
To what extent can technology be held responsible for a rise in populism in Europe, relative to other cultural and economic factors driving voters to the polls?
And should technology be perceived as problematic or can it provide a means to increasing accountability and transparency in government?
This event marks the launch of the Commission on Democracy and Technology in Europe at Chatham House. This commission was established by Chatham House to help investigate the nexus of technological change and the future of democratic governance
Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, City of Barcelona
Guillaume Liegey, CEO, Liegey Muller Pons Inc; Campaign Strategist, En Marche! (2016-17)
Julia Reda, Member of European Parliament, Piratenpartei, Germany
Jon Steinberg, Senior Public Policy Manager, Google
Chair: Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House