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Democratic Values in the Digital Age - How can tech companies reinforce and strengthen European democracy?

14-12-2022

Democratic Values in the Digital Age -  How can tech companies reinforce and strengthen European democracy?

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Democracy is under pressure globally. Recent events in Europe have highlighted this. Technology is perceived as having both positive and negative impacts on democracy. The time is ripe to build democratic resilience and ensure that technology helps protect and promote democratic institutions and values rather than undermine them.

The European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) has been put forward by the European Commission to tackle threats to democratic processes and norms within Europe. Technology companies must do their part in protecting these values. But industry must also proactively reflect on its roles and obligations to democratic societies above and beyond the letter of the law.

To explore emerging challenges, obligations, and desires, the ‘Democratic Values in the Digital Age’ programme collected leading experts from academia, think tanks, NGOs, policy, and the private sector to delve into these issues. Over the course of three workshops, a variety of voices and perspectives examined some of the more prominent digital issues facing democracy.

This included:

Workshop 1: Strengthening Media Freedom and Pluralism,
Organised by University College Dublin - Centre for Digital Policy.

Workshop 2: Countering Disinformation,
Organised by GLOBSEC.

Workshop 3: Democracy and Resilience in the Era of European Crises,
Organised by the Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO).

The programme’s closing event will feature a high-level panel who will reflect on the workshops, discuss findings, and brainstorm future paths. This closing event is also accompanied by a final report on the workshops, which will intellectually underpin the discussion.

Event series powered by: Microsoft
Media Partner: EURACTIV

Location

Microsoft Center
Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels

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Panellists

Keynote Speaker

Wojtech Talko
Member of the Cabinet of Vera Jourová, European Commission


Opening Remarks

Nanna-Louise Linde
Vice-President of European Government Affairs, Microsoft


Panellists

Wojtech Talko
Member of the Cabinet of Vera Jourová, European Commission

Louise Grabo
President of the Observatory of the Digital Transition and the Single Market, European Social and Economic Committee

Fernando Hortal Foronda
Digital Policy Officer, European Partnership for Democracy


Reporting on the workshops

Eugenia Siapera
Professor of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin

Jana Kazaz
Research Fellow, Centre for Democracy & Resilience, GLOBSEC

Alzbeta Solarczyk Krausová
Head of Regulatory Unit, CEDMO

Moderator

Mariam Zaidi
Journalist, EURACTIV

Schedule

Registration of participants: 17:00 - 17:30
Discussion: 17:30 - 19:00
Followed by light networking reception.

Contact

Tamara Novel
tamara.novel@euractiv.com

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