New technologies, and especially social media, facilitate democratization by empowering citizens to express themselves directly towards policy makers, and by giving room to new forms and means of expression. All this makes democracy more representative and participatory. However, it also has more negative aspects, as demonstrated by the rise of fake news and disinformation. Antidemocratic forces can easier than ever distort information flows, and tech giants can benefit from users’ data mining. All these phenomena will considerably shake democracy rules, and have a negative impact on the future of Europe. The project offers a collective space for policy makers and citizens from 15 countries to organise international events and other activities to stimulate democratic and civic participation across Europe, and to support democratic Union in digital era.Project activities take place between September 2019 and April 2021, engaging 16 partners from 15 countries: Latvia, Poland, Croatia, UK, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia, and Macedonia. A diverse group of 1400 citizens will contribute to design and implementation of five international events filled up with trainings, collaborative spaces, community workshops, and public debates. The events will result in publishing policy highlights and collectively created Policy papers on how public institutions in Europe (including the Union’s institutions), can operate in face of digital transformation, and how to support democratic forms of bottom-up civic mobilization in digital era. By facilitating exchange and policy learning among participants, the project will contribute to increase their resilience to disinformation and propaganda, and foster counter-actions, which is a fundamental value for the future of European democracy. We expect a 60% increase of volunteering of 1400 people involved. Through dissemination the project aims to reach 35000 people.

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