Our Projects

1.   Democracy Catching up with Technology 


The “Democracy Catching up with Technology” project examines how recent technological developments impact democracy (its working and institutions) and suggests policies that meet the challenge posed.


The overall approach is based on a methodology which incorporates elements of deliberative democracy:

  • Four issues are debated at a series of expert roundtables, and policy recommendations are developed following these discussions;

  • These recommendations are “stress-tested” at a series of citizens’ panels;

  • Final policy recommendations are presented and debated at the Democracy & Culture Foundation Day at the Athens Democracy Forum on September 29, 2021, where specific action plans will be developed on to next steps.


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1.A   Expert round-table discussions

We will run a series of experts’ round-table discussions to explore four key issues in depth.  These are:

  • Open Data and AI: a Citizen and Human Centric Approach - facilitated by Microsoft

    • Participants included: Accenture Applied Intelligence; Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy; Athens Legal Tech; Berggruen Institute; Calibrate; Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Hellenic Foundation for Research and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP); McKinsey; Microsoft; Ministry of Digital Goverance; National Research and Tech Institute; QuantumBlack, SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises; Tassis and Associates Law Firm; The University of Glasgow; University of the Aegean; and Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

  • Deploying an Open Innovation Platform for Greece: 5G - facilitated by Ericsson

    • Participants included: 5G Ventures S.A.; Behavioural Signals; Berggruen Institute; Bertelsmann Foundation; Calibrate; Cytech; Ericsson; Greek Mobile Operations Association; Hellenic Telecommunications & Post Committee; Nardello & Co.; and Tassis and Associates Law Firm

  • The Greek Digital Experience - facilitated by the Ministry of Digital Governance

    • Participants included: Accenture Greece; Alpha Radio 98.9; Amazon Web Services; Calibrate; Facebook; Ministry of Digital Governance; Microsoft; and SEV Hellenic Foundation of Enterprises


  • Combatting Disinformation: Shaping the Democratic Discourse – facilitated by the Bertelsmann Foundation

    • Participants included: Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund; Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy; Berggruen Institute; Bertelsmann Foundation; Calibrate; European Commission in Greece; Facebook; Forum of Information and Democracy; Hackney Council; Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy; Hellenic Parliament; Kathimerini; Luminate; and The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica.

Take a look at some photos from the recent round-table discussions

1.B   Citizens’ Panels

Following on from the experts’ round-table discussions, we will deploy a series of Citizens’ Panels comprising of around 25 people. 

Led by a curator, the aim of each panel is to “stress-test” the recommendations developed at the roundtables. Any suggestions made are taken into consideration for the final policy proposal to be presented at the Democracy and Culture Foundation day at the Athens Democracy Forum on September 29, 2021.