The first Brookings in The Hague event, organized together with Delft University of Technology, focuses on Digital Democracy. This event explores the weakness and dangers the digital environment poses to democracy, and investigates how the digital environment might be proactively redesigned in order to positively enhance the quality of democracy.
Digital democracy used to be a niche interest, but has been steadily gaining political relevance. Western countries have recently learned that the weakness of online platforms provide ample opportunities for derailing liberal democracy, through threats posed by ‘fake news’ and ‘political micro-targeting’. But the internet has also greatly enhanced freedom of speech, and enables many new opportunities in city governance and representative democracy.
Jeroen van den Hoven participated in the panel discussion together with Frank Hendriks (Tilburg University) and Peter Burger (Leiden University).