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ORF DialogForum Alpbach special: The Return of Feudalism

The New Digital World Order – Opportunity or Risk for Democracy?

March 3, 2017 | 7.30 pm | RadioKulturhaus Vienna | in German language

You can watch the keynote of Evgeny Morozov and the discussion on demand at

Big data, border-less communication, and surveillance are, today, developing at unimaginable speeds. The new digital global order is provoking sentiments of fear and euphoria alike. The four big internet corporations: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) have risen from mere promising start-ups to global economic powers. Their market value, today, has already surpassed that of many national economies. Algorithms, coding, and advertising services have given them access to private data of many individuals in the world. What consequences does this ‘data disruption’ have for democracy? What are the ramifications of data-mining, ‘filterbubbles’, and personalized communication? Does this new digital era require a set of new rules, orientation, and democratic fundamental rights?

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017, 7.30 pm
ORF RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal, Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Vienna

Caspar Einem,Vice-President, European Forum Alpbach

Evgeny Morozov, Journalist, Harvard University, Silicon Valley critic and author of the international bestseller “The Net Delusion”, former Alpbach scholarship holder

Verena Metze-Mangold, President of the German UNESCO Commission
Ingrid Brodnig, PROFIL, Author “Hass im Netz”
Patrick Swanson, ORF, ZIB Social Media
Anna Svec
, Bloggerin “Mosaik – Politik neu zusammensetzen”

Klaus Unterberger Head of ORF Public Value