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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Is Digital Destabilising Democracy?

Time: 7pm to 8pm

Why is the digital world often seen as harmful for political engagement. How do we protect digital democracy?


How do we protect the truth in the digital age? During the Arab Spring social media was seen as a liberating force that empowered civil society, driving greater political participation from young people. Yet, many now believe we are in an era of information warfare, where click-bait is king and ‘post-truth’ politics is a by-product of algorithms amplifying divisive and polarising content.

Is it too late to take back control from the tech giants or can we follow Estonia’s lead with its citizen accountable digital democracy? Are we developing the critical skills to allow us to reshape the world in a more inclusive and regulated democratic way?

Chaired by Linda Fabiani MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer, this panel includes: 

  • Kezia Dugdale, Director of John Smith Centre for Public Service, University of Glasgow
  • Jason Boxt, US pollster
  • Peter Geoghegan, journalist and investigations editor with openDemocracy
  • Helen Mary Jones MS, Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament, temporary Chair of Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee

The event is run in partnership with the John Smith Centre.

John Smith Centre logo, with the tagline: 'Promoting trust in politics and public service'

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