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03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
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The Internet offers myriad possibilities for participation and political activism. But it has not remained the free, utopian space that was once envisioned. It also confronts people with hate speech, extremism, and mobbing. What can organisations, policy makers, parents and young people do to ensure a safe online life?


Digital Champion Austria; President, - Institut zur Förderung digitaler Mediennutzung, Vienna
Media Educator, wienXtra-medienzentrum, Vienna
Internet Youth Delegate, Austrian National Youth Council, Vienna
State Secretary, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
Project Leader,, Vienna


Digital Champion Austria; President, - Institut zur Förderung digitaler Mediennutzung, Vienna

1997-2004 Project Manager and Senior Consultant, SAP, Turkey and Austria
2005-2006 Maternity leave
2007 ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Vienna
2007-2013 President, Digitalks, Vienna
since 2013 Digital Champion Austria, Vienna
since 2014 President,, Vienna

Mag.a Michaela ANDERLE

Media Educator, wienXtra-medienzentrum, Vienna

 Master's programme: Theatre, film and media studies (University of Vienna)
1998-2003 several engagements in varying positions at theatres throughout Vienna
2003-2005 independent cultural project manager (e.g., UNESCO Austria, jugendinwien,...)
since 2005 mediaeducator at wienXtra-medienzentrum

Florian DANIEL

Internet Youth Delegate, Austrian National Youth Council, Vienna

2010-2015 Higher Technical Academy for Informatics
2015-2016 Public Relations Assistent, Kaspersky Lab London
since 2015 Internet Youth Delegate, Austrian National Youth Council

Mag.a Muna DUZDAR

State Secretary, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna

1996-2001 Academic Studies in Law, University of Vienna
1999-2001 Legal Advisor, Real Estate Association, Vienna
2000-2004 International Secretary, Socialist Youth Austria, Vienna
2001-2004 Local Councellor, 22nd District, Vienna
2001-2005 Vice President, Socialist International Youth (IUSY), Vienna
2004-2005 Trainee, European Parliament, Brussels
2005-2006 Master, International Law, University Sorbonne, Paris
2005-2006 Administrative Employee, Socialist French Party, Paris
2006-2007 Judicial Law Clerk, District Court, Mödling
since 2007 Junior Lawyer
2010-2012 Member, Austrian Federal Council, Vienna
2011 Graduation as Austrian Lawyer
2012 Registration in Lawyers List of Austrian Bar Association
2012-2016 Member, Vienna City Council, Vienna
since 2016 State Secretary for Digitalization, Public Services and Diversity, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna

Mag. Bernhard JUNGWIRTH

Project Leader,, Vienna

1996-1997 Assistant of the managing director at ISP Reinsprecht
2000 Journalist at ORF ON (Futurezone)
2003 Graduation at University of Vienna (Master in communication science)
2007 Graduation at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Master in organisational development)
 Since 2008 Managing director at Austrian Institute for Applied Telecommunications (ÖIAT), Project Manager and Internet Ombudsmann
2001-2008 Project manager at Austrian Institute for Applied Telecommunications (ÖIAT)

Political Symposium

show timetable


15:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:30The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy: Can It Deliver?Plenary
17:00 - 21:00Resilience: A "Situation Room" ExperimentPartner
19:00 - 20:30Democracy Gone Astray?Plenary
20:30 - 21:30Europe State Award CeremonyPartner


08:00 - 09:00Editors' BreakfastPlenary
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Digitalisation and PoliticsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Resilience: Leadership in Crisis SituationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Act Digital, Think Real: Is the Internet a Democratic Space for Everyone?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Promoting the Entrepreneurial SpiritBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Liberté - Égalité - Solidarité: Changing Value Systems in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Impact & Collaboration: New Paradigms of GovernanceBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Stuck in the Middle: Eastern European States and their Relations with the EU and RussiaBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Enlightenment in Europe: A New Social Contract for the Digital Age?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Why Do We Need a Common European Cultural Diplomacy?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 13:30Fireside Talk with Hanan AshrawiPartner
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Towards a Circular Economy: Saving Raw Materials for the Planet's Global FutureBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Future City: Inclusive, Connected, ResilientBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Climate Change, Disasters, Migration: Preparing for Emerging RisksBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: Innovative Solutions to the "New" Challenge of IntegrationBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Redesigning European Welfare States: Rebalancing the Roles of EU and Member StatesBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The EU's Cooperation with Southern Neighbours in Response to the Refugee CrisisBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: And what do WE get out of it? Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in EuropeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: Overcoming the Credibility GapBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: Together or Torn Apart: Which Values Will Build our Future?Breakout
16:00 - 18:00ReceptionSocial
18:00 - 19:30Turkey between Regional Aspirations and ChallengesPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Brexit and the Future of EuropePlenary


08:00 - 09:00Breakfast Club: Strategies of InfluencePlenary
08:30 - 09:30Sustainable Development Goals: What Big Companies Must Do to Get Things GoingPlenary
09:30 - 10:00COURAGE in Times of Multiple Interconnected Crises: A Bold Attempt to Integrate Art and SciencePlenary
10:30 - 12:30Sustainable Development Goals: Which Social Entrepreneurs Are Already One Step Ahead?Plenary