The workshop series on Digital Empowerment is co-organized by the Global Solutions Initiative and THE NEW INSTITUTE. The series invites major contributors with the aim of improving the rules of digital governance to further 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 are 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.
Contributions to the series will make up different strands of the related debates and work collaboratively towards constructive pathways. Participants will discuss and strive towards solving a central challenge: The benefits from the digital revolution are not immutably tied to the current digital governance regimes. How can we make these regimes humanistic without sacrificing technological benefits?