Blockchain, big data analytics, AI and other new technologies are transforming the way of working for governments, businesses and society. The 2019 Forum will focus on the risks and opportunities of new technologies for anti-corruption & integrity.
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Thursday, March 21 • 09:20 - 10:45
Social Media: The False Friend of Democracy?

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The advent of social media seemed to promise easier access to information and alternative sources, which would in turn facilitate collective action and empower civil society. However, more recent evidence suggests that social media can have a negative impact on political systems and public policy when not used in the public interest. Business models can adapt to the rise of social media by targeting users to sway public opinion, generating bias towards political messages and campaigns. This creates online echo chambers and fuels political polarisation. Moreover, the issues of information overload and fake news lead to increasing disinformation, distrust and political paralysis, undermining accountability. Our reality is neither a golden age or a dark age of social media. We can address these challenges by drawing from examples of responsible business conduct, as well as government initiatives and regulations.

This session will look at how to promote integrity and an evidence-based decision-making process in social media, politics and elections.

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Janos Bertok

Head of Integrity Division, Public Governance Directorate,, OECD
János Bertók leads OECD activities for promoting integrity, strategic public procurement, control and audit in the public sector. The OECD helps policy makers and practitioners build a comprehensive and coherent integrity system, cultivate a culture of integrity and strengthen accountability... Read More →

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Ernesto F. Calvo

Professor, University of Maryland
Ernesto Calvo (PhD, Northwestern University 2001) is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and Field Editor (JOP-Comparative) of the Journal of Politics. His work centers on the study of comparative political institutions, political representation... Read More →
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Paula Forteza

French MP, Representing French citizens in Latin America, Assemblée Nationale
Paula Forteza is a French Member of Parliament. After her studies, she worked at the government of Buenos Aires and at Etalab, the open data taskforce of the French government, where she was involved in the organization of the OGP Global Summit. Paula Forteza wants to make digital... Read More →
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Katie Harbath

Public Policy Director, Global Elections, Facebook
Katie Harbath is the Public Policy Director for Global Elections at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Katie was the Chief Digital Strategist at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She previously led digital strategy in positions at DCI Group, the Rudy Giuliani for President campaign... Read More →
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Salwa TOKO

President, Conseil National du Numérique
Salwa Toko is the President of the French Digital Council, a public advisory body to the French government. She is the Founder and President of BECOMTECH, a girls and women’s empowerment organisation that aims at closing the gender gap in the IT and engineering sectors. BECOMTECH... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 09:20 - 10:45 CET
Room 1