We are happy to invite you to the 2nd Symposium organised by the Public Participation Center and the Wubbo Ockels School in collaboration with the New Energy Coalition.
A vast majority of citizens across Europe participate digitally in public discourse through free apps offered by big tech firms such as Meta (e.g. Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram), X Corp (previously Twitter), and ByteDance (TikTok). Given the recent debates on whether such apps foster inclusivity and enhance public engagement and on the power of big-tech companies as private gatekeepers of public discourse, the theme of the upcoming symposium is Digital Participation. In this symposium, we invite you to discuss what defines successful digital participation and which new developments are happening in our region. In addition, through a set of thought-provoking statements based on three short pitches from leading academics, we welcome you to discuss: How are bot factories destabilising elections? How do big tech strategies influence citizens’ opinions? What steps is the EU taking? Finally, we will engage in a digital participation experiment on the spot!
Be sure to mark the 27th of November 2023 in your calendar and pre-register to join us between 14:00 – 17:00 at the House of Connections on the Grote Markt in Groningen to discuss current hot topics concerning Digital Participation.