For more than one and a half years now, I have been active in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). This exciting and important pan-European movement with more than 60.000 supporters and members aims to build an infrastructure for progressive democrats to envision and enable a transformation of the European Union through democratising it.
A central part of DiEM’s work is to collaboratively shape the progressive agenda for Europe. Around several core issues, e.g. economy, environment, European constitution, we collect policy ideas and proposals to offer fresh and big ideas to unlock the future potential of Europe and of democracy. I am very pleased that this year DiEM’s members have also voted to include a pillar on the democratisation of technology in the progressive agenda. The question of the relationship between technology and democracy is of growing importance in the 21st century where technology has become a central field for the transformation of society. And we have to put people as citizens into the center of the question how we want to live in the future with our technologies. It is great that DiEM25 will address this importance and help to build and shape progressive ideas for the democratisation of technology.