Fellow Talk
Wed 31 Mar 2021 | 14:00–15:00

The Role of Technology in Enriching Participatory Democracy in the EU

Fellow Talk by Cristina Blasi Casagran (Autonomous University of Barcelona), chaired by Amélie Jaques-Apke (EuropaNova Germany)

This study will explore the role that technology plays in the current democratic processes, focusing on how technology increasingly has the power to shape governments, geopolitics and the socio-economic systems in which we are living. The premise for this study is that technology does not automatically enrich democracy. It will look into specific online platforms such as Google and Facebook. These tech companies have originated a new “surveillance capitalism”, using the ability to target and ultimately influence the behaviour of voters by analysing and matching multiple consumer data points. The second part of this study will focus on the regulation of personal data processed and used for political campaigning purposes. Regulating technology is at some level necessary in order to preserve the Internet as an open space and to ensure that it continues to benefit the population. It will determine whether the EU can set global standards in regulating data access for political campaigns and elections. The overall goal of this study is to determine whether technology is changing the way democracy should be defined, and also to measure to what extent laws should regulate the way society is supposed to use technology as part of their democratic processes.


Cristina Blasi is Assistant Professor in EU law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). After conducting her Law Degree in 2007, she completed a Master’s degree on EU integration (Barcelona, 2008), a LL.M. on EU Law (Saarland, 2009) and a LL.M. on Comparative, European and International Laws (Florence, 2011).


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