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A bright future ahead for democracy?
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A bright future ahead for democracy?

How to move from the era of disinformation towards an inspiring digital democracy?

  • September 15, 2022 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • 14:00–16:30 online. 13:30–18:00 at the Sitra auditorium, Itämerenkatu 11–13, 00180 Helsinki (coffee served 13:30–14:00, Democracy Drinks 16:30–18:00).

The war in Ukraine and Finland’s security policy decisions are strongly framing the Finnish discussion on democracy at present. What are the opportunities of individual citizens to obtain information, participate and have an influence, in the era of “digital oligarchy”? Or what are the forces affecting democracy and our representative decision-making system in Finland particularly?  

Sitra will hold a discussion forum that dives into the topics of influence through information and possibilities of civic participation. The seminar will take place on the International Day of Democracy, 15 September, starting at 14:00.  

The event’s keynote speaker will be researcher, journalist and producer Peter Pomerantsev, one of the world’s foremost experts on disinformation and propaganda. He is the author of Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible and This Is Not Propaganda – Adventures In The War Against Reality, among other works. This year, Pomerantsev was awarded with the European Press Prize

We also have the pleasure to welcome Alice Stollmeyer, the Founder and Executive Director of Defend Democracy, as a speaker. Stollmeyer has a background in social studies of science, technology & society. In addition to her work on democracy, technology, geopolitics and hybrid threats, she has launched a global #DemocracyDrinks concept which will now be introduced also in Finland.

In the event we will together seek answers to the aforementioned questions. You can join the seminar online or at Sitra’s auditorium in Ruoholahti (limited capacity).

Sign up for the seminar today and mark the date in your diary! The seminar will be continued in Ruoholahti with Democracy Drinks until 18:00.

Programme

14:00
Opening: Digital power and democracy
Veera Heinonen, Director of the Democracy and engagement theme, Sitra
Jukka Vahti, Project Director, Sitra
14:10
Keynote: Can information wars be won?
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow Johns Hopkins University, Author of of Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible and This Is Not Propaganda – Adventures In The War Against Reality
14:50
Panel Discussion: From hybrid threats to hybrid solutions
Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow Johns Hopkins University
Alice Stollmeyer, Founder and Executive Director of Defend Democracy
Jyrki Katainen, President of Sitra​
15:30
Break 10 min
15:40
Defending democracy in practice: Digital information literacy
Kari KivinenFaktabaari EDU
16:10
Launch: Democracy Drinks Finland
Alice Stollmeyer, Founder and Executive Director of Defend Democracy
16:25
Closing words
Veera Heinonen, Director of the Democracy and engagement theme, Sitra
16:30
Democracy Drinks in the Sitra premises
18:00
The event ends
The event is moderated by Jukka Vahti, Project Director, Sitra

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