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CDDG releases a study on the impact of digital transformation on democracy and good governance

Strasbourg, France 6 September 2021
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CDDG releases a study on the impact of digital transformation on democracy and good governance

The European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) prepared a study on the impact of the digital transformation, including artificial intelligence and automated decision-making, on democracy and good governance.

The study explores the impact of digital transformation on democracy and good governance in the light of the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance, highlighting risks and opportunities of the increasing use of digital technologies in public administration and the public sphere as well as identifying mitigating and enabling factors. The study also provides several examples and case studies from Council of Europe member States.

Overall, the study concludes that in order to harness the potential of digital transformation to strengthen democracy and good governance, governments will need to apply continuous vigilance to identify and address emerging risks. They also need to equip themselves for a cultural change: flexibility, self-evaluation, continuous learning, IT skills will be necessary to enable public officials to use digital technologies effectively and prevent negative consequences.

Study on the impact of digital transformation on democracy and good governance