The Dangers of Digital Democracy
With Franco Berardi, author, media theorist and media activist, John Frank, Vice-President EU Government Affairs, Microsoft and Ingrid Brodnig, journalist und author.
Chaired by Eric Frey, editor of Der Standard.
For more than ten years, Debating Europe, a series of public talks with top-class speakers, has turned Vienna’s Burgtheater into a contemporary agora for a day. Prominent international guests from the worlds of politics, economics, science and art share their – at times controversial – views as they discuss highly topical issues concerning the future of Europe. By shaping the discourse, which was (and still is) unthinkable without contradiction, they enable the public to make their own judgements.
All over the world, elections are manipulated by fake news, public opinion is radicalized via social media and electronic voting processes are subject to hacker attacks. The Internet was once seen as an opportunity for more democracy, but today concerns about the future of free elections prevail. Eric Frey will speak with his guests about the transformation of mass media and the (in)steerability of the Internet.
Entrance fee: EUR 7,-
Length: 90 minutes, no break
Tickets and more information: www.burgtheater.at
This series of public morning debates brings leading politicians, scientists and intellectuals on to the stage of Vienna’s Burgtheater to discuss topical issues of political and social relevance. This long-standing event is a collaborative production of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Burgtheater, ERSTE Foundation and Austrian daily Der Standard.