Nordic Democracy Day – Digitalization and Democracy
On Friday 2 December at 13.00-16.00, you are invited to the Nordic Democracy Day to discuss the topic of "Digitalization and Democracy". The event is followed by a reception at 16.00.
Democracy has been in decline globally. The European Union is, however, committed in defending democracy and rule of law both in Europe and worldwide. New opportunities for democracy and civic participation stems from new technologies and digital media. However, the logic of data economy poses challenges to democratic processes, including hybrid threats. On the Digital Giants, one is calling for better corporate responsibility and/or for better regulation. Welcome to discuss these challenges ahead of us!
Victor Andersson, Programme Director, Hanaholmen – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre
Digitalization and Democracy
Rauno Merisaari, Ambassador for Human Rights and Democracy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
Swedish EU Presidency and the Work for Democracy
Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Data Economy and its Impacts on Democracy
Jyrki Katainen, Former Prime Minister, President of The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Case Study: Public Libraries Promoting Democracy
Fredrika Sundberg, Director, Mariehamn City Library, Åland Islands
14.30 short break, refreshments
The Digital Giants and Democracy
Åsa Wikforss, Professor at Stockholm University, Author, Member of the Swedish Academy
Maarit Jaakkola, Co-Director, Nordicom, Nordic Centre for Media Research, University of Gothenburg
Aura Salla, Public Policy Director, Head of EU Affairs, Meta
Heidi Jern, Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager, Google
Max Michelsson, Head of New Markets, Miltton
Anja Bechmann, Aarhus University, EDMO NORDIS, Denmark
Chairperson Björn Vikström, Anders Chydenius Foundation, Finland
16.00 Reception hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra
Organizers: Hanaholmen, Anders Chydenius Foundation, Sitra, EDMO Nordis, Åland Peace Institute, Nordicom.
Lectures and discussions will be in Swedish, Finnish and English. Simultaneous interpretation in English.
The event is free of charge, but registration in advance is required.
Please register no later than 25 November.
Additional information: Project Manager Henrik Huldén, henrik.hulden(at)hanaholmen.fi
Democracy Day is organized with the financial support of Konstsamfundet.
Register here: www.lyyti.fi/reg/Pohjoismainen_demokratiapaiva_Digitalisaatio_ja_demokratia_5343/en