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E-Democracy

Dates:
  • Fri 25 Jan 2019 14.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-01-25 14:30 2019-01-25 18:00 Europe/Paris E-Democracy

The concept of E-Democracy is rooted in progress and the workshop is a reflection meant to try to understand in which direction it is taking us: we must understand the set of consequences inflicted on the functioning of democracy by the introduction of technologies. According to the European Parliament Resolution {P8_TA(2017)095 of 16 March 2017 } "democracy should evolve and adapt to changes and opportunities related to new ICT technologies and tools", a statement that expresses the clear awareness of a process of change in progress. According to the Resolution, we are in an age of increasing disaffection on the part of citizens towards politics, so there is a clear need to improve the democratic link between institutions and citizens, who need to express themselves more frequently and more directly: citizen involvement is now judged to be essential to the functioning of democracy.

Building the e-democracy path is based on two pillars. On the one hand we need a generalised “technology literacy" for all citizens: it is then up to them to decide if and how to use the tools available. The problem we need to solve is to make sure that not only a minority of citizens are able to use these tools and influence choices: all citizens must know how to use the new tools. So public institutions should take responsibility for both the access to these tools (a computer for everyone) and training. The other pillar of the path involves the public powers "appropriating" these tools: it is necessary to invest resources so that all institutions and administrations are able to use the tools of digitalisation, online navigation and ICT communication. Only in this way (through technologically literate citizens and computerised public institutions) can we have the necessary balance for a correct path.

Then, technology is not a source of disturbing problems for the political system: there are many factors that, thanks to technological innovation, help to strengthen the public powers and improve the effectiveness of their own work.

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Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

The concept of E-Democracy is rooted in progress and the workshop is a reflection meant to try to understand in which direction it is taking us: we must understand the set of consequences inflicted on the functioning of democracy by the introduction of technologies. According to the European Parliament Resolution {P8_TA(2017)095 of 16 March 2017 } "democracy should evolve and adapt to changes and opportunities related to new ICT technologies and tools", a statement that expresses the clear awareness of a process of change in progress. According to the Resolution, we are in an age of increasing disaffection on the part of citizens towards politics, so there is a clear need to improve the democratic link between institutions and citizens, who need to express themselves more frequently and more directly: citizen involvement is now judged to be essential to the functioning of democracy.

Building the e-democracy path is based on two pillars. On the one hand we need a generalised “technology literacy" for all citizens: it is then up to them to decide if and how to use the tools available. The problem we need to solve is to make sure that not only a minority of citizens are able to use these tools and influence choices: all citizens must know how to use the new tools. So public institutions should take responsibility for both the access to these tools (a computer for everyone) and training. The other pillar of the path involves the public powers "appropriating" these tools: it is necessary to invest resources so that all institutions and administrations are able to use the tools of digitalisation, online navigation and ICT communication. Only in this way (through technologically literate citizens and computerised public institutions) can we have the necessary balance for a correct path.

Then, technology is not a source of disturbing problems for the political system: there are many factors that, thanks to technological innovation, help to strengthen the public powers and improve the effectiveness of their own work.

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Ms. Valentina Bettin (EUI) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Gaby Umbach
Giancarlo Vilella

Attachment:
Programme
 
 

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