Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our third annual Digital Democracy Day – ‘Rejuvenating Europe: Opportunities in the Digital World’ – a huge success, with over 100 people attending in person and more than 6,500 following online.
We were joined by Villu Varjas of the Estonian Presidency of the EU and MEP Brando Benifei, along with a number of distinguished speakers who are experts in the fields of youth engagement and digital democracy.
Many ideas were discussed about the reasons why young people don’t engage in politics and possible ways of bringing them into politics and policy-making, including media literacy, financial incentives, e-voting and lowering the voting age to 16.
ECAS’ Executive Director, Assya Kavrakova, said at the end of the event:
We know what we have to do next. The tools are in place. There is an understanding that we have to experiment more, and it is the responsibility for us – not-for-profit organisations and European associations – to act as mediators between citizens, and young citizens, and decision-makers.
Our next step will be to set up a pilot of crowdsourcing, co-deciding with citizens, and also to use the Digital Dashboard as a complementary tool to listen to those citizens who are not actively involved in politics.
Stay posted for the event and video reports. Our 2018 Digital Democracy Day will be held in Brussels at the end of February in the framework of the EUCROWD project.