Opinion on Democracy in the digital age
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (European Commission)
Céu Patrão Neves, Maria do
Subject headingsDemocracy ; Digital literacy ; Digital technology ; Disinformation ; Election ; EU action ; Political communication ; Political propaganda ; Populism ; Report ; Risk management ; Social media
Recent years have seen profound challenges to democracy, including grave populist and autocratic shifts. In the Opinion, the EGE examines how certain configurations of digital technologies can contribute to a weakening of democratic institutions, even if they may not be its sole cause. Among these are the spread of harmful information, an unduly narrow understanding of privacy, algorithmic surveillance, manipulation and discrimination, foreign interference, and the expansion of Big Tech into public sectors. The EGE warns that democracy can quickly become an empty shell if it is not underpinned by fundamental rights and the values it seeks to protect and promote.
Number of pages69p.
DescriptionEuropean Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies Democracy in the Digital Age
Catalogue number KI-09-23-065-EN-N
Opinion no. 33