August's Forum talk

WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST, 4.30-6.00 P.M. CEST

The Forum Talk on Wednesday, 11 August, 4.30 to 6 PM CEST will bring together CEOs, researchers and policy experts to analyse dimensions of the relationship between global environmental challenges, technology and democracy. This event is organised by the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy in collaboration with the Global Governance Forum and Leiden University, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, and will consist in presentations from the invited experts followed by interactive discussion and Q&A with participants.

Theme description:

The unprecedented global ecological challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity loss, among others, raise a range of compelling questions about the intersections between these challenges, the uses and application of current and emerging technology, and the ability of democracies around the world to react effectively to these crises.

On the one hand, current and emerging technology present exciting new solutions to enable better collective responses to the climate and related ecological challenges: for example, through new systems using the latest technologies to ensure global transparency on GHG emissions and climate action, as well as software and open online viewing platforms to develop and track climate action targets at various levels of governance. More, tailored software, using AI technology, may be used to engage citizens and enhance democratic decision-making around the world in connection with the global climate and ecological challenges, as some governments strive to ensure maximal citizen engagement in and commitment to the significant economic and social changes that may be necessary for sufficient climate/environmental action.

On the other side of the coin, there is currently a transnational problem – threatening, potentially, to undermine the fundaments of democracy itself – of technologically-enabled misinformation, disrupting climate action and reducing the capacities of democracies to respond to urgent environmental challenges. How might democracies respond and safeguard vital (global) information ecosystem integrity and ensure citizens around the world get high quality information on ecological challenges?

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