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About the Conference:
Information and network technologies are influencing and changing the world, as we know it: from politics to economics to social habits. The biggest turning point for governments, institutions, media companies, journalists, came when they realized that speaking or telling their own story was not enough, now they had to listen. And not only that, but they had to engage in a continuous dialogue where different voices who had struggled to be heard now started playing an active role that changed, not only the rules, but the game itself.
What could benefit more from this phenomenon than DEMOCRACY?
New forms of information mediation such as social networks, mobile technology or networked journalism have had a particular incidence in and on the process of democratizing information, increasing transparency and reducing the barriers for individuals to tell their stories. Citizens are given the power to voice their thoughts and exchange in dialogue around the world. They have become journalists, all willing to share their own ushahidi.
All of this is having tremendous implications on the way 21st century government is working and being implemented. The line that separates different actors, different worlds, is increasingly blurred by constant communications. This is why the Club de Madrid wants to bring major stakeholders to the table to discuss the way they are reacting to theses changes and how they think this is and will affect political institutions. What kind of Democracy do they envisage for the upcoming years? Will Democracy as we know it survive or do we need a new model?
The Club de Madrid’s 2011 Annual Conference Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy provides a unique opportunity to take an in-depth look at the way citizens and governments are interacting through technological platforms, building a sustainable and inclusive environment in which citizens can fully exercise their social and economic rights and contribute to political transformations and democratic development. Not without also taking a critical look at the risks and limits that the scale and new forms of information and network technology present to political institutions.
José Antonio Ocampo
Director of the Economic and Political Development Program in the School of International and Public Affairs and Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University
Baroness Nuala O'Loan
Member of the UK House of Lords and former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland
Former South African Minister for Constitutional Affairs, later Minister for Constitutional Development and Provincial Affairs.
Senior Research Fellow and Project Director, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)
Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Senior Consultant, Gallup World Poll
Director, Oxford University Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE)
Rafael Domínguez Martín
Professor and chair of the Department of International Cooperation and Latin America University of Cantabria
Acting Director Social Protection. European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Former Member of European Parliament (S&D, Hungary) and Vice-Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee
Augusto López Claros
EFD-Global Consulting Network Founder and Honorary Professor at the European Business School
Administrative Assistant, "Women's Political Participation and Leadership" Project
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Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School and Department of Political Science, Yale University
Research Consultant, Club of Madrid Shared Societies Project Policy and Content Coordinator
Former ECLAC Deputy Executive Secretary. Advisor to the Former President of Chile, Ricardo Lagos
José María Maravall
Academic Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Juan March Institute
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government; Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Harvard University
President of Portugal (1986-1996) and Prime Minister of Portugal (1976-1978; 1983-1985)
President of The European Commission (1999-2004) and Prime Minister of Italy (1996-1998; 2006-2008)
President of Iceland (1980-1996), First Woman in the World to be democratically elected a constitutional Head of State