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12 Oct 2022, 1620 hrs

The Changing Landscape of e-Democracy

Digital technologies can improve or undermine democracy, depending on who controls them and how they are used. While digital media have provided platforms to empower the marginalized voices and enhance citizen engagement, concerns have also emerged on various fronts. For instance, proprietary search engine algorithms can be manipulated to influence voters. Personal data on various digital platforms can be used to analyse behaviours and preferences for crafting targeted political communications. Citizens can use digital platforms to build their own “walled gardens” which exclude those they disagree with. We are also witnessing the dominant social media platforms in both democratic and non-democratic states routinely censoring political speech. How has digital democracy evolved over the years, what are the main drivers of these changes, and how can citizens still be meaningfully practice democratic citizenship today?

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Institute of Policy Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore
ABS-CBN Corporation, Philippines
Weizenbaum Institute of the Networked Society, Germany
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
People Power Party, South Korea