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This year the awarding of the Democracy Ribbons will take place at the ‘Digital Democracy 2020′ event on 25 November in Amsterdam. The Democracy Ribbons are awarded annually to individuals, groups and organisations who have made an extraordinary contribution to democracy.

The ‘Digital Democracy 2020′ event focuses on the impact of digitisation on the society and democracy. Major changes in the use and possibilities of the internet in virtually all sectors of society demand a new approach to the cooperation between citizen and government. In the 21stcentury, technological developments and new media have increasingly become intertwined with society and democracy.

Participants include politicians and policy-makers, application-developers, open data experts and interested citizens and journalists. The European Partnership for Democracy has invited Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6th movement and Nobel Price Nominee, to speak on his experiences with social media as a platform for mobilisation.


14.00 – 14.05: Welcome by Marleen Stikker (executive director Waag Society)
14.05 – 14.20: Farid Tabarki (researcher) on the future of (digital) democracy
14.20 – 15.00: Debate on the future of (digital) democracy a.o. Ahmed Abdelhamid (Al Jazeera Talks), Thierry Baudet (Conservatieve vooruitgang) and Stef Grieken (Het Nieuwe Stemmen/ Bende Burgers)
15.00 – 15.10: Feedback from the audience

15.10 – 15.20: break

15.20 – 15.25: Introduction part two by Marleen Stikker (executive director Waag Society)
15.35 – 15.45: Best practices by Mieke van Heeswijk (Netwerk Democratie)
16.00 – 17.00: Workshop: “Criteria for an involved citizenry” with Ahmed Abdelhamid (AlJazeera Talks) and Ahmed Maher (Founder April 6 Movement) by Bende Burgers and European Partnership for Democracy.
17.00 – 17.30: Award Ceremony of the Democracy Ribbons by Wim Deetman
17.30 – 19.00: Drinks


De Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4


To register for the event, please send an email to [email protected] indicating clearly your name, first name, organisation and position.

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