Making technology work for democracy: Report from a Forum 2000 discussion

March 12, 2021

The realm of technology is increasingly turning into a strategic competition between democracy and authoritarianism. Seemingly, powers like China and Russia are getting ahead in this race while democracies have been responding more slowly. Is this so? If yes, what are the reasons? 

These were the initial questions of discussion titled „Technology and democracy: Is it a match?“, which took place on 16th of February, 2021. The main problems discussed were violations of privacy, digital rights and fake news disseminated by the authoritarian governments.  

“Despite all misuse of technologies by the governments –pro-democratic movements demonstrate that activists use technology much more effectively.” - Vitaliy Moroz. 

Panelists suggested solutions to ensure more opportunities for civil society to engage them in digital rights discussions and to invest in educational programs of digital awareness. 

You can watch the discussion at this link

Speakers: 

  • Vitaliy Moroz, Head, New Media, Internews, Ukraine
  • Sascha Hannig, Researcher, Fundación Para el Progreso, Chile
  • Petra Moravcová, User Experience and Product Marketing, Avast Software, Czechia
  • Nick Anstead, Associate Professor, Media and Communications, London School of Economics, UK

The event was moderated by Filip Rožánek, Editor-in-Chief, DigiZone, Czechia and organized in cooperation with British Embassy in the Czech Republic. 

Please find the report here:

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