Natalia Morari, Journalist, president of the media association "Media Alternativa" / “Alternative Media”, TV8 (Republic of Moldova)
Radu Puchiu, Public Policy Consultant
We are in a tipping point - Millennials projected to overtake Baby Boomers as largest generation in many countries. How is this digital native generation is going to impact and change the way Governments work? Is it going to be a smooth transition or a violent revolution? These are the question under debate in an interactive multi-generational session.
Dan Mercea, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, City, University of London
For the many, politics takes places outside the voting booth more than inside it. A growing desire to express one's politics and enact political change more immediately has arguably been compounded by the rise in digital connectivity with social media, across the world. In this talk, I reflect on the recent anti-corruption #rezist protests in Romania. I discuss the use of public Facebook event pages as a source of political information and consider their bearing on student participation in the protests. I show that the use of the event pages contributed to the participation of students in the protests. They were a rich environment replete with political information which however did not move effectively through the network of page followers.
In the last years, AI and machine learning have been intensively used in political campaigns. The use of AI and machine learning will not go away. It became too valuable to the politicians and their staff. The question is how to use it for good? How to use AI ethically and ensure that the democracy is not affected?
Cristian Francu, Executive Director, Majoritas Academy
The Cultural Entropy refers to the dysfunction (friction and frustration) in any human group structure (organization, community or nation) that is generated by the self-serving, fear-based actions of the leaders. As the Cultural Entropy increases, the level of trust and internal community cohesion decreases. The CHANGE and transformation need to start from the top. If we want to PROSPER as a community, as a nation, we need to decrease the cultural entropy and to follow the common community long-term interest. Facts not just another Theory.
Florin Badita, Founder, Corruption Kills
Debate / Q&A Session