Center for International Private Enterprise - CIPE
Ritika Singh, Program Officer, Global Programs, Center for International Private Enterprise, Civil Society (moderator), Western European and Others Group Amanda Zink, Program Officer, Technology & Democracy Team, International Republican Institute, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group Sarah Moulton, Deputy Director for Democracy and Technology, National Democratic Institute, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group
Ritika Singh, Program Officer, Global Programs, Center for International Private Enterprise, Civil Society (moderator) Amanda Zink, Program Officer, Technology & Democracy Team, International Republican Institute, Civil Society Sarah Moulton, Deputy Director for Democracy and Technology, National Democratic Institute, Civil Society
Targets: This session is directly related to SDG 16, as CIPE, NDI, and IRI’s joint survey on the future of technology-enabled democracy and markets will support diverse stakeholders to develop inclusive, democratic societies for sustainable development. The results of the survey – and the global nature of its findings – will contribute to the efforts of SDG 16 to promote effective, transparent, responsive, and accountable institutions, as well as help create a technology-enabled world that supports representative, participatory decision-making.
In a time of deep distrust and uncertainty about the future of the internet and technology’s role in society, concerned stakeholders around the world are attempting to change the direction of the conversation. Although the alarm about digital authoritarianism and concern surrounding the surveillance economy are warranted, we need to begin answering the question: “Where should we go from here?” To articulate what a positive future of technology-enabled democracy and markets could look like, CIPE, NDI, and IRI will present the results of a large survey of stakeholders from civil society, business, government, and academia from across the globe. Local stakeholders and democratic reformers in emerging markets and developing countries were asked key questions about the values that should underpin a democratic future in the digital age, including potential applications of technology that would benefit human rights and dignity. We hope the insights from this survey will inspire the IGF community to begin creating and advancing this positive vision, inform tangible action locally, and provide a way forward to collectively leverage technology for a better shared future.
The session organizers intend to ensure equal opportunities for speakers and participants to actively take part in the hybrid discussion, regardless of how they choose to attend. The session will begin with remarks from the speakers on the key findings of the global survey. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to a question-and-answer format where IGF participants (online and in-person) will be encouraged to share additional insights, including their own solutions to making technology work better for society. The organizers plan to use Menti, a software application that promotes audience engagement during presentations, to increase participation and interaction during the session.