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Can democracy survive technology? - The GovTech Summit 2018


Video of the panel "Can democracy survive technology" at the GovTech Summit in Paris in November 2018, featuring

* John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times (moderator)
* Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Co-Chairman, Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity
* Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director, Financial Oversight and Management  Board, Puerto Rico
* Armin Laschet, Minister President, North Rhine-Westphalia
* Marietje Schaake, MEP, Netherlands

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 futureneed 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.