EYE2021: 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?

Anne de Zeeuw, Co-director Netwerk Democratie/Europe Direct Amsterdam
Member of European Parliament (tbc)
Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Researcher, Max-Planck Institute
Simona Levi, Activist

Josephine Ballon, Head of Legal department, HateAid

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About EYE2021
The European Youth Event (EYE) brings together at the European Parliament in Strasbourg thousands of young people from all over the European Union and beyond, to shape and share their ideas on the future of Europe.

It is a unique opportunity for 16 to 30 year olds to interact in-person and online, inspire each other and exchange their views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers, right in the heart of European democracy.

EYE2021 is the culmination of the European Parliament’s youth consultation process for the Conference on the Future of Europe. Starting in May 2021, in collaboration with pan-European youth organisations, young people’s ideas on the future of Europe will be collected on the youthideas.eu platform. EYE2021 participants will explore these ideas in ideation workshops during the event. After a public voting process during EYE2021, the ideas will be consolidated into a report, presented to the Members of the Conference and fed into the political debate of the Conference.


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