Recommendations for an inclusive digital future
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Over the past 30 years, a new digital culture, interactivity and instantaneous communication have fundamentally changed our world. We are now at a new crossroads: advances in augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence; the ‘internet of things’; how we interact with devices and the disappearance of the keyboard; big data and user experience tailored to the individual will all change how we live, work, play and participate in society – administratively, economically, socially and politically.
What are the potential benefits of these changes, what are the potential drawbacks? How can we ensure that such changes lead to the further development of inclusive societies?
While public awareness of some ‘negative aspects’ of a digital world (on-line bullying, ‘fake news’) has increased, there has as yet been very little public discourse on how these aspects can be ‘fixed’.
“Our digital future, c’est ICI” offers young adults a new platform for a debate that addresses our digital future in a holistic and positive way, and focuses on identifying the principles, processes and decisions that will lead to the most inclusive digital societies.
The project is realized by the Goethe-Institut, ThinkYoung and Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi NDG and funded by the European Union.
How to ParticipateIf you are a young adult between 18 and 30 years, have your residency in either Europe or Canada, if you are interested in shaping your digital future and also consider yourself as part of any kind of underrepresented group, this is the right project for you! Participating, online or onsite, gives you the unique opportunity to influence regulations towards an inclusive digital society. Our goal is that your voice will be heard! All outcomes, your thoughts and opinions, will be communicated to European and Canadian policymakers as well as the media to assure that our shared digital future will be inclusive.
Between October 2019 and 2020, a series of “24 hour Thinkathons” dedicated to different topics around digitalization will take place in different cities across Europe and Canada. To support local networks, and a transatlantic exchange at the same time, we are matching a Canadian and a European city for each event as follows:
- “Citizenship 4.0”: Montreal – Brussels (October 4-5, 2019)
- “Social Relations”: Edmonton – Milan (November 29-30, 2019)
- “Smart and Fast Expanding Cities”: Vancouver – Madrid (March 13-14, 2020)
- “Security”: Halifax – Tallinn (May 29-30, 2020)
- “Education”: Ottawa – Athens (September 25-26, 2020)
- “Culture and Entertainment”: Toronto – Frankfurt (October 16-17, 2020)
Make a difference for your future! For further information on each topic, to sign up and to take part in the challenge, please click here.