Digitized Democracy: Trends & Implications, featuring Costa Vayenas
Thursday August 31, 2017, Zurich
We are delighted to host Costa Vayenas, author of Democracy in the Digital Age: How we’ll vote and what we’ll vote about, at an evening conference for INSEAD alumni and members of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce in Zurich. Modern technology has the capacity to cause a profound change in democracy, says Costa Vayenas.
Until recently, very little change took place in the representative system since it was introduced in the late 1700’s. Now the system is starting to unravel. Revolutionary technology is poised to transfer more power directly to the people than ever before, including on the all-important questions of how the state taxes and spends.
Are today’s phenomena of populism and political volatility a cause or a result of disintermediation of democracy? Will Switzerland continue to be an island of stability? Where do these trends leave the United States? How might they impact China? By drawing on the evidence from diverse fields – politics, economics, finance and information technology, described in laymen’s terms, Costa unlocks original insights to these questions and where the trends might lead. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for networking over drinks and a delicious apéro riche.