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The Interplay between Technology and Democracy: Pοtential and limitations

Curated & Moderated by:
Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou
The SNF Dialogues and the SNF Agora Institute at an online discussion during the Summer Nostos Festival.
Wednesday 24 June 2020, at 18:30

On Wednesday, 24 June, the SNF Dialogues and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University held an online discussion about technology's potential benefits and limits to democracy, during the Summer Nostos Festival.



We need more citizen assemblies where people come in, discuss with experts and have opinion and their opinion matters. It is important that their opinion matters. I think that this is one way of taking science communication and technology to the next level, which is citizens becoming true stakeholders.
George Zarkadakis

George Zarkadakis

Referring to the role of democracy, George Zarkadakis mentioned that “We need an enhanced liberal democracy that takes into account citizen participation in a much more significant way in order to regain trust”.

George Zarkadakis

More than ever before it’s both important to have real experts at the table and those who are not experts but live with the consequences of the decisions that are being made by a technocratic society.
Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson

Regarding the role of democracy she stated that “The challenge for us in thinking about democracy is that the move to the universal is not always a move that provides equal liberties to all people”.

Alondra Nelson

The discussion was moderated by journalist and SNF Dialogues Executive Director Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou as well as SNF Agora Institute Director Hahrie Han.

The SNF Dialogues are curated and moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

*The opinions expressed by Dialogues participants, whether officially representing institutions and organizations or themselves alone, at events, in articles, or in other audiovisual media are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) or iMEdD. Speakers' remarks are made freely, without prior guidance or intervention from the team.