Democratic governments need citizens who are informed and who are active in politics. How can new tools and technologies help to bridge the gap between citizens and democratic governments in emerging economies? In an effort to address flaws in the current communication systems used by governments and political rivals to inform citizens on every aspect of civic responsibility, the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, England held a live stream event, titled “Informing Citizens”, on November 2, 2018. From the event description:
How can civil society and the media in emerging economies keep voters informed and influence incumbent politicians? Can this be done effectively and safely in the current polarised political environment?
In an increasingly unstable global political climate, governments around the world face greater challenges than ever. This year, the Challenges of Government Conference looks at the ‘Future of Government’, analyzing how technological changes, new kinds of politics and different approaches to addressing inequality can be harnessed for the public good.
The video features a discussion panel at the event that included three great guests. Davey Alba is the senior technology reporter at BuzzFeed News and Dr Julien Labonne is an Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. Also in the panel was the fascinating Anjali Bhardwaj who founded the India-based citizens’ group Satark Nagrik Sangathan that when translated means roughly Society for Citizens’ Vigilance Initiative.
The event lasted about an hour and sixteen minutes. Take a look!