Second EaP eDemocracy Conference "Digitalisation and Transformation: Effects on Democracy"
Join us on November 22
The 2nd EaP eDemocracy Conference will assemble eDemocracy, eParticipation and open government experts, academia, representatives of civil society and business from the EaP Partner Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) and EU Member States as well as international institutions in order to exchange expertise and ideas on opportunities and challenges of eDemocracy in the fields of digitalisation, transparency, digital transformation, and the ethics of democracy, with a special emphasis on the EaP Partner Countries.
All countries are in a transition phase towards achieving a digital world which should strengthen democratic institutions and processes as well as good governance. Countries in transition are especially affected by the democratic, societal, digital, economic, and other transitions taking place at the same time. Some are looking for their own, new model of democracy, incorporating new technologies and electronic channels.
Electronic democracy is the fundamental element of a modern developed society, as it enables the community to solve with the help of modern information technologies various socio-political tasks such as transparency and accountability of elected governments, access to public information, participation in democratic processes, effective “Citizen to State” communication (in particular by young people, the diaspora, minorities and persons with special needs), effective stakeholder involvement, etc.
Openness and transparency are key ingredients to build accountability and trust which are necessary for functioning of democracies. The emergence and distribution of digital tools have led to new reforms and initiatives as well as the creation of new principles and standards (Open Data, Open Governments, and Open Government Partnership). Does the digitalization of government and private sector and possibilities it offers for implementing new reforms and means of social participation help to strengthen transparency and accountability? What are the benefits of digital tools and digitalization (Open Data, social media, big data, data analysis, online platforms)? What are the risks and what lessons can be learned?
Panel 2: Transformation
Andy Williamson, Founder, Democratise & Consultant to the Council of Europe Project “Promoting Civil Participation in Democratic Decision-Making in Ukraine”
Victor Guzun, Managing Partner at Guzun Consulting OU
Volodymyr Brusilovskyi, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, Director of Department of Information Technologies
Nataliya Yeremeyeva, Project Assistant at the EGOVLOC: E-governance as a tool for local democracy
Giorgi Iashvili, Information Security Expert, Information & Cyber Security Risk Management Consultant
Oleksandra Pidenko, e-democracy expert, E-Governance for Accountability Participation (EGAP) program
Digital transformation is now a public sector imperative. With citizens’ increased virtual presence and a large amount of highly sensitive information now stored online, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence make it possible to immediately transform data into insights, actions, and outcomes. Is digital government about transformation or optimization? What does the future look like for digital technology in the public sector? How do we use data and technology to bring government closer to the people? How can blockchain help create better public service? What are the implications and benefits of complex transformations and overcoming the associated challenges? What are the keys to successful digital transformations? What are the potential challenges of e-governance? How do we face cybercrime, hybrid threats and data protection in the digital transformation process?
Panel 3: Ethics of democracy
Anastasiya Kozlovtseva, Head of International Relations/ Fundraiser, Transparency International Ukraine
Archil Chochia, Researcher at Tallinn University of Technology
Volodymyr Saviak, AI, HPC & POD Sales Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Arevik Avoyan, Chief Lawyer at Electronic Justice and Innovative Projects Division of Strategic Planning and Electronic Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia
Meaghan Fitzgerald, Deputy Head of the Democratization Department, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights ODIHR
Progressive technological changes are influencing political and business processes in the overwhelming majority of societies. AI, big data, online media, cloud solutions and much more have changed a number of the “ethics fundamental components.” The tension between technology and democracy is reaching a new boiling point. What should an ethical policy that would advance democracy look like and how do we get there? Should AI be controlled and how? Bottom-Line: what is the economic benefit of digital ethics? The AI impact on the society: responsibility & challenge
Summary & Closing
Robert Krimmer, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology
Valentyna Zasadko, Director of the School of Public Management at UCU
Thomas Buchsbaum, Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership, Austrian MFA
EC sponsored participants will be provided with a single room accommodation, as per arranged travel itinerary.
Participants are kindly invited to contact BANKHOTEL, some 3.7 km / 30 minutes walking distance or 17 minutes by taxi to the conference hall, at € 76,- for single rooms plus breakfast p.n. can be reserved mentioning the block-booking of the conference (email at [email protected] , ph. +38 032 243 58 06) – at the reduced rate.