(WASHINGTON) — The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) was delighted to collaborate with Democracy: A Journal of Ideas for a Spring 2023 special edition published today featuring a series of scholars exploring the challenges presented to democracy by technology in the 21st century.
“Around the world, democratic governments are grappling with the seismic changes digital technologies have created,” CDT President and CEO Alexandra Reeve Givens writes in the journal’s opening essay, titled A Democratic Digital Age? “In the United States, new technologies have challenged long-held assumptions about democratic governance, civic engagement, civil rights, and civil liberties. This Democracy symposium takes on these issues, examining the myriad ways that technology is transforming democracy today.”
Michael Tomasky, Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, says, “We’re so proud to run this timely and important package of articles, written by some of our country’s leading thinkers on these topics. I remember when we all thought technology would serve and strengthen democracy. As this symposium shows, today’s picture is a lot more challenging than we once thought it would be.”
The symposium’s essays include:
- A Democratic Digital Age? by Alexandra Reeve Givens
- Demanding an Open Internet by Tom Wheeler
- Repairing the Algorithmic Lens by Suresh Venkatasubramanian
- Combating Online Harassment by Danielle Citron
- Getting Ahead of Misinformation by Claire Wardle
- Tech’s Risks on Non-English Platforms by Samuel Woolley
- Tech’s Danger to Teens and Children by Stephen Balkam
- Toward Stronger Data Protection Laws by Margot Kaminski
CDT is a 28-year-old 501(c)3 nonpartisan nonprofit organization that fights to put democracy and human rights at the center of the digital revolution. It works to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on equity and justice.