Digital democracies: Threat or opportunity?



Online propaganda, echo chambers, disinformation, bots, hate speech, data misuse, political polarisation. The impact of technology and especially social media on democracies has increasingly been painted as a doom and gloom scenario. Are algorithms defining public discourse? Does social media favour extremist content and fake news over facts? Who is influencing what I am influenced by? How is my data being used? Are democratic values undermined by technology? Or could virtual parliaments, online voting and consultation processes make for more democratic societies? Can e-democracy be a way to encourage more young people to make their voices heard? Is online participation a tool to lower boundaries and increase accessibility to public discourse? How can trust in democracies be safeguarded in the digital age?

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