Commission on Democracy and Technology in Europe
The role of the Chatham House Commission on Democracy and Technology in Europe is to examine the role of technology both as a driver and as a potential solution to the current crisis of liberal democracy.
The purpose of the commission is to be open and inclusive, engaging a wide community of users to develop a deliberative online research process that can help change the way policy research is conducted. We hope to open up the ‘black box’ of traditional investigative commissions and widen the range of inputs into the research process. The first stage of the project closed in 2019, with a research report launched in 2020.
To read the report, click here.
Or if you want to learn how the open research process worked, have a look here.
The project is led by Hans Kundnani from Chatham House.
Guided by the members of the Commission, Chatham House published a report ‘The Future of Democracy in Europe: Technology and the Evolution of Representation‘ in March 2020. The report includes recommendations of practical ways in which technology can be used to renew and strengthen liberal democracy in Europe – in particular around increasing accountability and transparency.
We are grateful to Janus Friis for supporting the project.
The Commission guiding the project from 2018 to 2020 consisted of experts on democracy, European politics, and technology, but also invited contributions from others. Our Commission members are listed below.
(please note listed affiliations reflect experts’ titles at the time of joining the Commission)