Workshop Series Digital Empowerment – Session 1

THE NEW INSTITUTE and the Global Solutions Initiative are collaboratively hosting a workshop series on “Digital Empowerment”.

The workshop series will attract major contributors to the aim of improving the rules of digital governance to better empower and protect individuals and democracy in an environment distorted by the power of obscure, mass data aggregation and influencer-paid surveillance capitalism.   

The workshop series focuses on righting a misalignment of interests between digital consumers and digital third-party funders, which is responsible for a wide variety of problems. These problems ultimately threaten the continued functioning of our economic market systems; weaken mental health; expose users to far-ranging manipulation of attention, thought, feeling and behavior; erode appreciation for objective notions of truth; undermine our democratic processes; and degrade the cohesion of our societies. The benefits from the digital revolution are not immutably tied to the current digital governance regimes. The central challenge of digital governance regimes lies in finding ways of making these regimes humanistic without sacrificing the technological benefits. 

The workshop series is part of the Socio-Economic Transformation programme at THE NEW INSTITUTE and draws on the Global Initiative on Digital Empowerment (GIDE) as well as contributors from THE NEW INSTITUTE and the Global Solutions Initiative, along with their associated networks.

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