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12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practice

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Global power
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Digitalisation involves the rapid progress of information and communication technologies. However, these developments also enable the abuse of systems to influence political processes. Thus, they pose new challenges for democracy. Is the digital space becoming a new arena of war? How can we safeguard democratic values and protect citizens from targeted misinformation and manipulation? We look at the solutions being discussed today.

Speakers

Research Fellow, ISD - Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London
Research Associate, IEAC - Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kiev
Student, AMA - Alpbach Media Academy, Donaghadee Chair
Analyst, Kremlin Watch Program, European Values Think-Tank, Prague Comment

Julia EBNER

Research Fellow, ISD - Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London

 Julia Ebner is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and author of the bestselling book "The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism". She leads ISD’s research on cumulative extremism and coordinates the Online Civil Courage Initiative in cooperation with Facebook Germany. Julia spent two years working for the world’s first counter-extremism organisation, Quilliam, where she carried out research projects on terrorism prevention for the European Commission and the Kofi Annan Foundation and gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on far-right extremism. In her role as the coordinator of the pan-European network Families Against Terrorism and Extremism (FATE), she led radicalization-prevention projects across Europe and North Africa. On the basis of her research, Julia advises parliamentary working groups, frontline workers and tech firms; speaks at international conferences; and delivers workshops in schools and universities. She regularly writes for The Guardian and The Independent and gives interviews in English, German and French on the BBC, CNN, ZDF, ARD, France24, Al Jazeera, LBC and others.

Anton SHEKHOVTSOV

Research Associate, IEAC - Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kiev

 Anton Shekhovtsov is a Research Associate at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, an expert at the European Platform for Democratic Elections and General Editor of the "Explorations of the Far Right" book series at ibidem-Verlag. His main area of expertise is the European far right, relations between Russia and radical right-wing parties in the West, and illiberal tendencies in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of the Russian language book New Radical Right-Wing Parties in European Democracies (ibidem-Verlag, 2011) and the book Russia and the Western Far Right (Routledge, 2017), as well as co-editor of The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right (Palgrave, 2014). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, and published several academic articles in Journal of Democracy, Russian Politics and Law, Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, and Patterns of Prejudice among others.

Mphil Monika RICHTER

Analyst, Kremlin Watch Program, European Values Think-Tank, Prague

2012-2013 Private Language Tutor, British GCSE German
2013-2014 Contractual Research Assistant School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
2015-2016 Assistant Researcher, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford
2014-2016 Contributing Author and Management Committee Member, Free Speech Debate, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
since 2017 Member, Weaponized Narrative Initiative, Center on the Future of War, Arizona State University
since 2017 Analyst, Kremlin Watch Program, European Values Think-tank, Prague, Czech Republic

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My StoryPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:30 - 20:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:15 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
13:00 - 14:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary