2020 -Digital human rights and the future of democracy: Lessons from the pandemic

Annual Lecture STOA
STOA Annual Lecture STOA Annual Lecture
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If the sanitary conditions do not allow physical presence, participants will be able to follow the event via webstreaming.

This year, STOA's Annual Lecture will focus on the disruptive effects of the digital revolution upon democracy and the protection of civil liberties and human rights in the context of the current pandemic. It will examine the impacts of digital technology on democratic decision-making and the notion of democratic citizenship. The Annual Lecture 2020, chaired by STOA Chair Eva KAILI (S&D, Greece), will investigate the challenges associated with the growing datafication of our societies and the need to reclaim data sovereignty in the era of artificial intelligence.

The event will open with a speech by the STOA Panel Chair. A keynote lecture follows by Shoshana ZUBOFF, Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and award-winning author of 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism'. Professor ZUBOFF is a world-class thinker whose research is focused on the contested digital transition, its relationship to the future of capitalism, and the consequences for individuals and society.

Her keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion on various aspects of key new technologies, with the participation of Members and experts in the above fields. An online public debate will close the event.


Draft Agenda

  • 15:00-15:10, Opening remarks, Eva KAILI, Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)
  • 15:10-15:25, Speaker t.b.c.
  • 15:25-15:55, Keynote speech, Professor Shoshana ZUBOFF
  • 15:55-16:25, Discussion with experts, Members of the European Parliament and the public
  • 16:25-16:30, Closing remarks, Eva KAILI, Chair of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)