IFDaD 2020 // first edition

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 immaterial 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.

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)

PROGRAM

Day One: Auditorium Santa Margherita Ca’ Foscari – Dorsoduro, 3689, 30123 Campo Santa Margherita

Day Two: Fondazione Giorgio Cini – Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 30124 Venezia VE

Roundtable Pandemic and Democracy

2h

Auditorium di Santa Margherita, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro

Keynotes speakers

2

Auditorium di Santa Margherita, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro

Dave Eggers

1h

Auditorium di Santa Margherita, Campo Santa Margherita, Dorsoduro

Welcome coffee

30min

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Stefano Quintarelli

30mins

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Parallel Sessions

2h

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Light Lunch and poster exhibition

1h30mins

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Parallel Sessions

2h

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Gianluca Misuraca

30min

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Kofi Annan Foundation

30min

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Rapporteurs exposition

1h

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Jeffrey Sachs

30min

Fondazione Cini, isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Forum’s official language is English. No translation available.

VENUE

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice + Fondazione Giorgio Cini

Venice is tied to the idea of deliberative democracy since its peculiar elective system guaranteed for over five centuries a sound governance and political stability to the Serenissima Repubblica of Venice. Venice is a role model since the election term in use today, such as ballot or ballot-box, originated from “ballotta”, which was the Venetian name for the small ball used for the election of the Doge. From 1268 to 1797, Venice enjoyed the most stable republican government ever and, when it fell, it was not due to an institutional crisis but to external factors, namely Napoleon’s invasion of the Republic of Venice.

REGISTRATION

Registration to the conference is free of charge until sold out.

    1. Travel grants with limited funding are availiable applying at info@ifdad.org with a cv, a motivation letter and only to authors of accepted papers. Travel grants selection will be communicated on Nov. 15, 2020
    2. In the case of restrictions on mass gatherings and large events or on travels, e.g. due to Covid-19, IFDaD 2020 will be held online

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 10th 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

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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