Summit for Democracy Highlights Momentum Behind Tech and Democracy
Silvana Rodriguez in New America highlighted encouraging signs for more democratic use of new technologies that will better respect and uphold fundamental rights. The Summit consistently emphasised that our current digital systems present many unique challenges for democracy, and may be exacerbating social and economic inequality. Useful priorities highlighted by the Summit include the encouragement of a common, positive vision for the internet that can deliver for our citizens; transparency and openness instituted through a multi-sector approach; and valuable new ideas presented by commitments at the Summit such as the Danish-led Tech for Democracy Initiative. While a lack of clarity remains regarding the official organising mechanisms, the Summit nonetheless helped to create political will and momentum to collectively address the issue.