IFDaD 2020 // first edition
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The conference aims to be a meeting place between politics and academics a moment of confrontation, promoting international collaboration in the exchange of information, ideas and good practices.

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INTERNATIONAL FORUM on DIGITAL and DEMOCRACY. Towards a sustainable Evolution

The digital age, featuring the virtual dimension of the world, significantly impacts democracy, dealing with electoral systems, political representations and citizens’ participation. The Internet revolution has scaled up and speeded up the pace of transformation of political organization, participation, information and engagement, weakening the role of intermediate structures.

Democracy in the digital age draws the tension between individuals and society, institutions and bodies, and between rights and duties, especially in critical situation like health emergency. Digital evolution is supposed to support the SDG objective 16 not diverging, as it might appear, from a respectable sustainable development of human rights.

This aim is gaining a better understanding favouring a shared view of how to address the challenges posed by digital technologies in order to broaden and strengthen citizens’ participation and to build effective, accountable and transparent democratic institutions.

Home of the Forum is the magnificent island of San Giorgio in Venice, site of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Venice was chosen for its historical importance in electoral processes. The term “ballot” comes from the “balote” used to cast votes in the election of the Doge during the Republic of Venice. The electoral system of the Doge was probably the longest lasting of humanity, having been in force without change for more than five centuries from 1268 to 1797 and being a milestone of “voting theory”.

INVITED SPEAKERS

With the contribution of high-level experts and government representatives from around the world, the conference will address the following issues: managing speed and scale of digital with the policy making process, considering the current ecosystem of analogue institutions; analysis of guarantees, limitations, obligations, privacy, transparency in the changing scenario; overview of what has been tried and which lessons have been learned; hypothesis for the future.

Jeffrey Sachs
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Jeffrey Sachs

Gianluca Misuraca
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Gianluca Misuraca

Romano Prodi
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Romano Prodi

Kofi Annan Foundation
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Kofi Annan Foundation

Dave Eggers
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Dave Eggers

Federico D’Incà
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Federico D’Incà

Vincenzo Amendola
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Vincenzo Amendola

Erika Widegren
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Erika Widegren

Audrey Azoulay<br>(to be confirmed)
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Audrey Azoulay
(to be confirmed)

Manuel Castells
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Manuel Castells

Roberto Viola
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Roberto Viola

H. Nanjala Nyabola
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H. Nanjala Nyabola

Colin Megill
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Colin Megill

PROGRAM

Day One: 3 h 20 m – Moderator: Ricardo Abramovay

Day Two: 3 h 20 m – Moderator: Erica Widegren

Welcome by Associazione Copernicani

10 mins

Keynote by Hon. Commissioner Věra Jourová

20 mins

Track 1 & 2 parallel sessions papers presentation

30 mins

Roundtable with Min. Vincenzo Amendola, Unesco, Jeffrey Sachs, Roberto Viola, Erica Widegren

1 hour

Break and poster presentation in multilateral sessions

15 mins

Keynote by Min. Manuel Castells

20 mins

Manuel Castells

Spanish sociologist, academic, especially associated with research on the information society, communication and globalization. In January 2020, he was appointed Minister of Universities in the Sánchez II Government of Spain.

Track 1 & 2 parallel sessions papers presentation

30 mins

Pol.is case study by Colin Megill

20 mins

Colin Megill

Colin Megill is co-founder of pol.is, an open source platform for gathering large-scale, open-ended feedback analyzed by machine learning methodologies in real time. Polis has enabled ministries in multiple national governments (Canada, Taiwan, Singapore) to develop innovative strategies for public engagement.

Introduction by Stefano Quintarelli

10 mins

Stefano Quintarelli

IT specialist and President of AGID (Government agency for digital Italy)

Keynote by Romano Prodi

20 mins

Romano Prodi

Italian economist and politician who served President of the European Commission as well twice as Prime Minister of Italy.

Track 3 & 4 parallel sessions papers presentation

30 mins

Keynote by Kofi Annan Foundation

20 mins

Kofi Annan Foundation

The Kofi Annan Foundation is a not-for profit organization promoting better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more peaceful world

https://www.kofiannanfoundation.org/

Break and poster presentation in multilateral rooms

15 mins

Min. Federico D’Incà interviewed by Marco Pierani

20 mins

Federico D’Incà

Italian politician, MP, appointed Minister for Parliamentary Relations in the Conte II Cabinet

Keynote by Gianluca Misuraca

20 mins

Gianluca Misuraca

Gianluca is a former Senior Scientist at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, where until August 2020 he coordinated research in the area of Digital Governance and Social Innovation. He is currently an independent strategic policy advisor on Digital Governance, Technology Diplomacy and Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence and a Research Fellow at the Department […]

Track 3 & 4 parallel sessions papers presentation

30 mins

Keynote by Nanjala Nyabola

20 mins

H. Nanjala Nyabola

Writer and political analyst. Author of “Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya”

Final remarks by Jeffrey Sachs

30 mins

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and he is known as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty

Forum’s official language is English. Translated subtitles.

REGISTRATION

LATEST UPDATES

 

Due to the health emergency rising in the next months unpredictable visa restrictions and ban of large gatherings, the organizing committee has officially decided to move to online-only format with no way to attend the Forum in person.

The redesigning of the program, respectful of time zone difference, enhanced by digital experience will not affect the prominence of the contributions, nor the opportunities of interactions.

It is possible to register for remote conference participation using the button below.

Thank you for your support and participation.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Laws, institutions and organizations with secular foundations, with their times and human scale are not compatible with the scale and speed of the immaterial world exploited for political purposes.

TRACK 1 | Democracy and political decision

Analysis from an individual standpoint: develop effective, accountable and transparent Institutions. The role of technology in pursuing such aims. Computer aided policy making, civic artificial intelligence. How artificial intelligence could assist citizens in activating their rights, including information and participation rights. The changing role of institutions based on inclusive voting. How e-voting can help the formulation of parliamentary and assembly proceedings (e.g. critical situation like COVID-19). Balance between representative system and direct or deliberative participation.

TRACK 2 Social involvement and participation

Analysis from a society standpoint: ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. How people are engaged and eventually become part of the organization. How people are educated and informed; how the public opinion is formed and can be oriented; how media and platforms should work to promote democracy and human rights (top down flows). Citizen inclusion and digital divide: gender, age, education.

TRACK 3 Participation and functioning of parties

Analysis from a body standpoint: broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance. How people opinion is collected, structured and analyzed; how people self-organize to form political entities; the role of participatory budgeting, e-Consultation, e-Polling, and e-Legislation [citizen assemblies, popular initiatives, petitions (bottom up flows)]. Parties’ internal operation: frameworks for a political ERP system.

TRACK 4 Information access and integrity

Analysis from a institution standpoint: ensure public access to sound information and protect fundamental freedoms in accordance with national legislation and international agreements. How people are informed about the work of organizations (including PA). Methods to finance political parties and campaigns; methods for countering corruption; how to address the self-propagation issue in the political class (i.e. people getting in power and then doing whatever it takes to stay there and/or get a private financial gain). Big data, fake news and democracy manipulation: after Cambridge Analytica.

IMPORTANT DATES

September 1st 2020 Submission deadline

October 25th 2020 Communication of the Accepted Paper

November 10th 2020 Camera-ready deadline

PUBLICATION

The proceedings of the forum shall be submitted to be published by CEUR in the CEUR-WS.org: AI*IA Series. CEUR is a free open-access publication service of Sun SITE Central Europe. The copyright of each paper remains with the authors, and each author is responsible for maintaining the copyright of the presented material. Note that only papers that are 6 pages or more in length will be published in the forum CEUR proceedings.

IFDaD’20 will not consider any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Once submitted to IFDaD’20, authors may not submit the paper elsewhere during IFDaD’s review period. These restrictions apply only to refereed journals and conferences, not to unrefereed forums or workshops with a limited audience and without archival proceedings. Authors must confirm that their submissions conform to these requirements at the time of submission.

BioLaw Journal may consider conference papers in the area of law, artificial intelligence, life sciences and bioethics for publication. Selected papers need to be extended and adapted according to the journal’s requirements.

COMMITTEES

Scientific Committee

Audrey Tang
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Audrey Tang

Ehud Shapiro
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Ehud Shapiro

Frank Pasquale
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Frank Pasquale

Gianluca Misuraca
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Gianluca Misuraca

Jeffrey Sachs
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Jeffrey Sachs

Paolo Benanti
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Paolo Benanti

Ricardo Abramovay
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Ricardo Abramovay

Sarah Spiekermann
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Sarah Spiekermann

Siriwat William Chhem
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Siriwat William Chhem

Tommaso Valletti
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Tommaso Valletti

Organizing Committee Chairs

Carlo Bagnoli
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Carlo Bagnoli

Giorgio De Michelis
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Giorgio De Michelis

Patrizia Feletig
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Patrizia Feletig

Andrea Loreggia
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Andrea Loreggia

Stefano Quintarelli
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Stefano Quintarelli

Andrea Resca
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Andrea Resca

Niccolò Serri
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Niccolò Serri

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