Democracy in the digital age: How can technology help society move closer to politics?

The APDC Technology Conference is one of the topics focused on democracy in the digital age. On how algorithms and artificial intelligence affect people’s daily lives and how this affects the way they are in society in general. On the subject of democracy, there has been talk of protecting pluralism, and as Professor Daniel Innerarity, one of the guests at the session, mentioned, Data training is critical in any context, including political.

But has democracy improved with technology? For Graça Fonseca, a sociologist and politician, Simplicity is the main threat to democracy. Today’s time is more complex than our grandparents’ time. And everything is digital, whether it’s exponential weather conditions, or globalization. But he says everything is ephemeral: “We live in times when everything lasts a short time. We get so emotional, but we quickly forget everything. This applies to political courses.” Graça Fonseca says that the average is receiving 4,000 to 10,000 content per day and it is difficult to process everything. This is the context in which democracy lives today.

“When you say technology is exponential, everything is exponential. I’ve heard the word future or midrange. The future is today and it has never happened before. We have to bring the future into the political context”, adds Graça Fonseca. He also states that in Wales there is someone responsible for future generations. “The future is today.” This example gives that, from day to day, millions of people began to stay at home, to test temperature.” Business and cars stopped. We interact with ‘now’, but not for tomorrow. But tomorrow already.

Miguel Buares Maduro believes that technology is eventually becoming a shortcut, breaking down barriers between people and politicians. It is possible to participate in decisions directly, permanently and quickly. “The truth is that this changes the editing processes in politics and the way we change our preferences, we often deceive ourselves.“.

Give the example that before we went to the doctor and they gave the diagnosis. “Now people go to Google to see if the diagnosis was done correctly. Does this access give us the same knowledge as a doctor? Oftentimes, many believe on Facebook and Twitter, having lost the mediums.” He also says that algorithms are replacing journalists as intermediaries. Because they are driven by monetization models, which only give us the information we want. In this way, polarization is created.

The professor says that the invention of printing facilitated globalization processes by exchanging information faster. But this facilitation also helps with the sharing of false and dangerous information. “This is what We are currently witnessing the speed with which we formulate knowledge and receive and shape our political preferences. We can participate faster and better, but not always in the right way.”

That’s what Graça Fonseca says What appears on social networks and goes viral in the conditions of democratic work. This is one of the challenges today. “The power that each of us has as a citizen, politician or official has increased.” It was pointed out that everything has two sides, because communication can be done by a political leader, as well as by a terrorist leader. Graça Fonseca says there is a connection problem, because we are exposed to a large number of content and therefore we cannot communicate. The time a hashtag is tagged on Twitter has decreased a lot. Even on social media, this time it’s backfired and it has limits. The way we absorb information is limited. He says technology is badly needed. A better environment must be created for the digital economy and technologies must be able to respond to the needs of democracy.

Miguel Boares Maduro said that technological transformation promotes the politics of emotional empathy, which overpowers rationality. And this balance needs to be balanced. People make a lot of emotional decisions. On the other hand, he says technology helps spread fake news, but he’s also developing tools that allow him to verify that data is real in just a few seconds.

To what extent do citizens believe if journalists or politicians have biased opinions? Everything is of equal importance, because this idea of ​​power is ingrained in people. Social media amplifies false and dangerous ideas. If you know that there is something many people have in common, it is because that is the truth that people internalize. There are aspects to be identified and accounted for in this risk, stakeholders say.

Graça Fonseca says that the digital space is where we live more than half of our lives, whether for meetings, conferences, payments, etc. “We live in a place where no one is in charge: there are no police or governmentsThis requires regulation, in his opinion. The need for shared responsibility, because we live in an individual society. We need to face this. We have to understand that companies, police, politicians and citizens are all responsible. And while we don’t refer to everyone as responsible, there are risks from a social and ethical context. Everything must be a movement of shared responsibility, Graça Fonseca highlights.

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