University of Sydney
Digital technologies and democracy are topics of intense public discussion. Having swung from techno-optimism to dire concern in many developed democracies, the public conversation makes only sporadic reference to the decades of scholarship on many elements of this fraught relationship. Both the scholarship and public discourse, however, emphasize the ways digital technologies challenge expression and privacy.
This one day conference seeks to understand the state of research and practice regarding how digital technologies interact with our civic and political associational opportunities and structures. What new associational forms are being created to manage digital data for public benefit? How do technological design choices interact with our ability to associate with others? What are the ethical dimensions of data use by associations, and on community data as compared to individual data? Are new forms of inequality being exacerbated by digital technologies that digital associations can effectively mitigate?
Of particular interest are the interactions between algorithmic governance, political regulation, and collective action.
This one day conference will gather Australian scholars, policy makers, and civil society actors to consider existing research on digital technologies, associational life, and implications for Australian democracy.
Co-presented by the Digital Civil Society Lab, the University of Sydney, and the Sydney Policy Lab.
Please note this event is invitation-only and is not open to the public.