Technology, and in particular, social media, is completely transforming how we engage with politics. At the same time, our politics and democracies have never felt so divided. Recent elections and referenda around the world have been marred by concerns about the manipulation of the electorate through social media, while online ‘echo chambers’ are driving unprecedented levels of political tribalism. However, the future need not be bleak for our democracies in the age of technology. In this panel, we discuss how technology can be a force for good in modern-day politics, and how use it to drive political engagement that is constructive, informed, and rational.
John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, FT
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Co-Chairman, Transatlantic Commission on Electoral Integrity and Former Secretary General, NATO
Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director, Financial Oversight and Management Board Puerto Rico and Former Finance Minister, Ukraine
Armin Laschet, Minister President, North Rhine-Westphalia
Marietje Schaake, MEP, Netherlands