Debating Europe: Does digitalisation threaten democracy?


Whether on smartphones, in the car or at work: man and machine are in a very close relationship – and often the machine is controlled by artificial intelligence. Our lives can be simplified and improved. Artificial intelligence can also influence opinions, manipulate elections and direct political decisions. Cybersecurity is becoming an ever-growing topic. How does artificial intelligence affect the coexistence? What are the pitfalls and which new opportunities are opening up? Which challenges arise for politics and citizens?

Discussion with Martina Mara (Key Researcher / RoboPsychology, Ars Electronica Futurelab Linz), Thomas Ramge (Technology Correspondent of the business magazine brand eins), Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle (Political Scientist) and Colonel Walter Unger (Head of Cyber Defense Department, Counter-Intelligence Service of the Austrian Federal Army) .
Moderation: Eric Frey (Der Standard)

In German.

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Debating Europe

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.
Media partners:  W24 and Ö1

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.