Civil Society Days 2018: Citizenship, democracy and culture in a digitalised Europe

24-25 May | European Economic and Social Committee, Rue Belliard 99-101, Brussels B-1000, Belgium

The Civil Society Days 2018 will address the digital world as a dimension which has permeated our everyday working and living environment, started to define the way that society as a whole operates and is living together, and will affect and shape our future.

Are we still masters of digital tools or are they already our masters, altering our values, our perceptions, and our cultures? How do we want our societies to evolve using these new technologies in a way that benefits us?
Civil society organisations have a crucial role to play when it comes to reflecting on and discussing these and other fundamental societal questions.

In six interactive workshops they will take a closer look at how citizenship, democracy and culture can develop and be promoted in a digitalised Europe, relating to:

  • Culture and education: a synergy for European identity in all its diversity
  • Identities and polarisation
  • Cybersecurity and data protection: at the service of the general interest
  • The Digital Democracy Battle: Defend your tool to improve Civil Participation
  • Empowerment to overcome the digital divide
  • AI as a common good

Inspirational and keynote speakers include:

  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP;
  • Eva Maydell, MEP (tbc);
  • Lora Borissova, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Gabriel (tbc)
  • Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre (tbc)
  • Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Regulatory Policy at CEPS, Chair in Digital innovation at the College of Europe;
  • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General of Digital Europe;
  • Alessandro Mantelero, professor of Law at the Polytechnic University of Turin, special focus on data protection, Big Data, AI, IoT;
  • Chris Wyllie, Cambridge Analytica (tbc).

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