While Europe and America are sinking deeper and deeper into populism and media politics, the potential of digital participation tools is growing. Opposed to referenda and elections, these digital platforms offer spaces for deliberation, information exchange and transparent decision-making, which are highly needed aspects to save current democracies from crashing. This evening we will enter the digital sphere to have a look at the tools and instruments that can attribute to the transition towards a New Democracy.
Right at the moment that traditional ways of participation display their incapability to engage citizens, successful digital participation tools offer us the opportunity to finally update our democracy to the age of social media. Róbert Bjarnason from the Citizens Foundation in Iceland will share his experiences with implementing the successful e-tool ‘Your Priorities’ in the city government of Reykjavik. How can we use this example from Iceland to speed up the transition to digital democracy in the Netherlands? Together with Dutch experts in digital democracy we discuss the momentum of e-democracy in the Netherlands.
This evening is part of the Dutch digital democracy project of the Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom relations together with Netwerk Democratie and Waag society. The aim of this project is to boost the use of digital participation tools in the Netherlands by tapping into already successfully used e-democracy tools throughout Europe.