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Final Programme & Registration

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The final programme of the symposium is now available here.

Registration for this event is now open! Get your free ticket here.

Registration is not required for accepted speakers.

The Project

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‘Future Visions for a Democratic Internet’ is a project to advance potential legal approaches towards a democratic digital environment. At the outset, many claimed there was a democratic promise embedded in the idea of the Internet. The American legal scholar Jack Balkin talked of a ‘democratising force’. Two decades later, this scenario has dramatically changed. Today, the same technologies are blamed for jeopardising democratic institutions and individual rights. Issues such as fake news, data breaches, political micro-targeting, state surveillance are only some recent examples of this phenomenon. Current scholarship is studying this emerging dark side of digital technology. The negative impact of these technologies on democracy is currently one of the most relevant research themes. However, at the same time, we are convinced that it is crucial to start investigating potential ways to rehabilitate the Internet’s original promise. We wish to establish a network of people interested i…

Guest speakers

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We are delighted to announce the participation of internationally renowned academics who are expert in the field of Internet research from different disciplinary perspectives.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Sofia Ranchordás

Sofia Ranchordás is a Professor of European and Comparative Public Law and a Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and an Affiliated Fellow of Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Her research delves into the relationship between public and private bodies and the role of technology therein, the regulation of the peer-to-peer networks, online reputational systems, digital participation and democratic legitimacy, and smart cities.






Carlos Affonso Souza

Carlos Affonso Souza is Law professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and at Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio), where he teaches Law & Technology, Contract Law, and History of Law. He is one of the Co-founders and a Director of the Institute f…

About the Symposium

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'Future Visions for a Democratic Internet: Norms, Actors, Institutions' is an international forum for discussion on potential ways to rehabilitate democratic values in the digital environment.

The event aims to offer young scholars working on related topics the opportunity to network and meet senior academics as well as representatives of tech industries based in Dublin.

Invited guest speakers include Prof Sofia Ranchordás (University of Groningen), Prof Ingolf Pernice (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society), Dr TJ McIntyre (University College Dublin and Digital Rights Ireland), Dr Marguerite Barry (University College Dublin) and Prof Carlos Affonso Souza (Rio de Janeiro State University). In a dedicated roundtable participants will have the opportunity to exchange their views with representatives of major tech industries based in Ireland.

The symposium is part of a series of events organised by the UCD Centre for Human Rights. It will be hosted on 27th June 2019 in the …

Convenors & Scientific Committee

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The convenors of the International Symposium 'Future Visions for A Democratic Internet: Actors, Norms, Institutions' are Edoardo Celeste and Clara Iglesias Keller. In 2018 they both joined the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) of Berlin as Research Fellow. At HIIG, Edoardo and Clara started discussing about multiple issues related to democracy in the Internet. They decided to convene a symposium to establish a network of people interested in working together to advance potential legal approaches towards a democratic digital environment.

Edoardo is PhD candidate at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. His doctoral thesis investigates the concept of digital constitutionalism, and in particular the process of emergence of new constitutional principles for the digital society. 






Clara is PhD candidate at the Rio de Janeiro State University. Her doctoral research focuses on the regulation of online service providers, specifically regarding the comb…