Institute for Web Science and Technologies · Universität Koblenz - Landau
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Dagstuhl Seminar "Challenges and Opportunities of Democracy in the Digital Society" accepted

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Our proposal “Challenges and Opportunities of Democracy in the Digital Society” for a Dagstuhl Seminar was accepted.The seminar will be held from 14th to 19th March 2021. In this Dagstuhl Seminar, we diversify participants to include computer science, social sciences (political science, sociology), communication, law, governance, politics, and policy. This selection involves disciplines and practitioners who are driven by rethinking and improving democracy in the digital society, but ensures that their perspectives are dissimilar. What we want to retain is the diversity of approaches; what we want to change is the degree of collaboration across the disciplines. Transdisciplinary collaboration will increase if we formulate problem definitions on which we can work together naturally. Thus, this seminar starts by agreeing to answer to the challenges of digital society with realistic optimism, and ends by establishing joint practices in academia, public education, and policymaking. In contrast to more traditional, computer science focused seminars, this one is highly transdisciplinary. Key areas of interest that will be covered in this seminar will touch on the challenges and opportunities of online platforms, online participation, and online deliberation. As output, we yield integrated research agendas, common problem definitions, next-step strategies, and targeted dissemination channels.


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