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Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"


Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

7th Edition

Parliamentary Accountability and New Technologies: Transparency, Privacy and Security Challenges

Jean Monnet Module 2017-2019 (575392-EPP-1-2016-1-IT-EPPJMO-MODULE)

LUISS School of Government 

Rome, 9-20 July 2018

Deadline for applications: 24 June 2018

The Summer Program on “Parliamentary democracy in Europe” and the Jean Monnet module associated to it apply research-based knowledge and professional expertise to the actual contexts where Parliaments in Europe and beyond are taking advantage of new information and communication technologies while seeing their procedures and activities substantially reshaped as a consequence of the digital revolution. It aims to explore the tension between representative democracy, e-democracy and privacy and security concerns when it comes to apply the standard of “Open Parliaments” to contemporary legislatures.

 This Summer Program intends to cope with one of the challenges parliaments are currently facing: the impact of new technologies on their organization, procedures and outputs as to strike the difficult balance between transparency, privacy and security. One the one hand, the ICT revolution has prompted enhanced openness and accessibility to parliamentary activity; on the other hand, increased transparency can affect the traditional way parliamentary deliberation takes place, especially in committees, and they way certain sensitive information are treated, in particular when issues concerning privacy and security are at stake. In other words, while new technologies are providing Parliaments with new avenues to re-connect their role to the instances of citizens and civil society, tools of e-democracy  and transparency at any cost might not be necessarily desirable for the effective functioning of Parliaments.

During the course, the following questions will be addressed: Does enhanced transparency of parliamentary business comes at the expense of effectiveness of decision-making in Parliament? How and to what extent do new technologies influence the way Parliaments cope with privacy and security concerns? Finally, has the ICT revolution increased or impaired the representative capacity of Parliaments?

This Summer Program has been awarded as a Jean Monnet module on “Parliamentary accountability and technical expertise: budgetary powers, information and communication technologies and elections (PATEU)” co-financed by the European Commission (2nd year). Previously it was a awarded as a Jean Monnet Module from 2013 to 2015 and in 2015 was chosen as the winner of the PADEMIA teaching award. 

This intensive summer course is organised in cooperation with:

Participants who are or have been affiliated to LUISS Guido Carli University or one of the partners will receive a discount of 10% on the fees.