14.06. Call to Europe (Brussels)

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SESSION 1 – TIME FOR A FAIR DIGITAL FUTURE (Call to Europe format)

We should stop treating the development, deployment and use of digital technology as something that is beyond our control. The systematic surveillance, the massive monopolies and increasing inequality are by no means an inevitable feature of the online environment. Instead of accepting this, and trying to adapt to it, we should actively shape the digital transition and change its direction.

To do so, we need to take a cold hard look at the private interests that drive much of today’s technological development. How can we put a stop to the business model that treats humans as tools, a mere source of data to be extracted? How can we support alternatives, and ensure that essential public values and interests buttress the online environment? How can we expand the digital commons and steer demand towards more privacy-friendly services? Digital technology has tremendous potential to increase human flourishing, and to support our citizens and democracies, but we need to take conscious decisions to bring about that future. This Call to Europe session aims to find elements for a European approach to the digital transition, in an interactive discussion between politicians, academics and civil society.