Digital Democracy: Beyond the Binary
Join our international panel of experts to discuss the implications of technological change for democracy, part of the Zürich meets San Francisco Festival and in partnership with the University of Zurich. In the era of blockchain and digital platforms, what can we learn from the Swiss model of direct democracy? We examine the challenges and opportunities of technology and democracy in three ways: how citizens interact with the state, new models for political participation, and the fragmentation of the public sphere. Speakers: Fabrizio Gilardi Fabrizio Gilardi is professor of policy analysis in the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich, Switzerland and an editor of the Journal of Public Policy. His work on regulatory institutions, policy diffusion, and women's representation has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of European Public Policy, among others. His latest book, co-authored with Martino Maggetti and Claudio M. Radaelli, is Designing Research in the Social Sciences (SAGE Publications, 2013). Jan Gerlach Jan Gerlach is a Senior Public Policy Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, where he advocates for laws that promote openness and free knowledge. Jan is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Nordic Centre for Internet & Society at BI Business School in Oslo, Norway and a Fellow at the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St.Gallen. Jan has previously worked as the Executive Manager of the Research Center for Information Law and spent time as a Visiting Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and at the Berkeley Law School. His research, focused on the relationship between public discourses and Internet regulation, has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Nate Persily Nate Persily is the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, with appointments in the departments of Political Science, Communication, and FSI. Professor Persily’s scholarship, which is routinely cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, focuses on voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, redistricting, and election administration. He has served as a special master or court-appointed expert to craft legislative districting plans for numerous states and as the Senior Research Director for the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. He is coauthor of the leading election law casebook, The Law of Democracy (2016). His current work, for which he has been honored as an Andrew Carnegie and CASBS Fellow, examines the impact of changing technology on political communication, campaigns, and election administration. He is co-director of the Stanford Project on Democracy and the Internet and co-chair of Social Science One, an initiative to facilitate greater sharing of privacy-protected Facebook data to social scientists. He received a B.A./M.A. in political science from Yale; J.D. from Stanford where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley.