On October 2 and 3, 2015, IPSA RC 10 (Electronic Democracy), RC 22 (Political Communications) and RC 34 (Quality of Democracy) staged a conference in Rovinj, Croatia, under the theme “Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology.”
The conference theme focused on the intersection between three strands of political science, each of which asks questions of vital importance to the well-being of global democracy. These questions revolved around measures, standards and analyses of the quality of democracy, the role of political communications in promoting democracy, and the extent to which information and communications technologies can contribute to a richer, interactive and co-created politics. Without introducing normative ontologies into the discussion, the conference looked at how communicative acts, particularly those that use digital technologies, contribute positively or negatively to the quality of the democratic experience for citizens, and how they sustain active democracies.
To mark the occasion, IPSA Secretary General Guy Lachapelle delievered a keynote lecture under the theme "Do the Media Serve Democracy? The Changinfg Role of Journalists". The lecture was presented on October 2.
Marianne Kneuer, IPSA Executive Committee Chair of the Committee on Research and Training and Vice-Chair of RC 34, also played a part in the conference by being a discussant at the panel "Cyber-Populism and Digital Direct Democracy: The Case of "Podemos".
IPSA would like to congratulate RC 10 and RC 22 for the conference and wish them the best of luck for next year's edition!