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GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2018 – ECAS’ Executive Director on the impact of Digital Transformation

On 5-6 October, ECAS’ Executive Director, Assya Kavrakova took part in the high-level GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2018, a prominent annual conference on the most pressing European political, economic and financial issues.

This year’s topical framework focused on the future of the European Union and amongst several topics, participants discussed the complex and interrelated process of digital transformation that affects all aspects of our economy and society.

On the first day, the afternoon panel entitled “TATRA Summit Chat: Reaping the Rewards of Digital Revolution” and led by Dex Torricke-Barton, Director of the Brunswick Group (London) saw the participation of Hon. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD (Paris) and John Lepore, General Counsel, Policy and Advocacy at Mastercard (New York).

During the panel Ms. Kavrakova stimulated the discussion by prompting further debate on the effects and the perspectives of digital transformation of our democratic political systems. She remarked how nowadays citizens are informing themselves in different ways using innovative tools and that they are less interested in politics as traditionally practiced. At the same time, technology provides new forms and opportunities for more collaborative and inclusive decision-making processes.

The discussion explored the different aspects of the digital transformation and pointed out the benefits for society and democracy brought by the digital revolution.

View full livestream of the panel here.

Read the key takeaways of the Summit here.

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