How can digitisation benefit democracy and equality?


Purple Room. Melbourne City Council Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St Melbourne


October 25, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8pm



The advent of new digital platforms that have the capacity to increase the interaction between citizens and their representatives are expanding as the potential of peer communication, crowd evaluation of democracy and participation in decision-making are explored.

With the right design, this has huge potential to broaden the depth of political dialogue and extend and equalise democratic expression.  How could digitisation benefit democracy, encourage deliberation, spread power, support ethical behaviour and bolster knowledge to enhance democracy?

Join the Victorian Fabians for the third event in their Spring Series as they discuss the future of digitised democracy.  


To register, visit one of the following sites:

Cost: $5 Victorian Fabians members; $10 non-members.


Marta Poblet is an expert on using crowdsourcing for government and democratic decision-making. She has written on using crowdsourcing for such government practices as constitution making and emergency management. She is also interested in how technologies can provide outcomes for citizens in the areas of justice, security, and privacy.

Adam Jacoby is the Founder, Chief Steward and Council Member of MiVote, a platform which is intended to enable its members to directly influence their elected representatives. His aim is nothing less than to revive democracy through rethinking how people can continuously participate in government decision-making beyond voting in elections.

Simon Longstaff AO, FCPA is a philosopher and the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. He has an abiding interest in government data ethics and how governments should and should not use their power over citizen information and citizen rights in a digital environment.

Fabians Annual Dinner 

AND don"t forget to buy your ticket for the Fabians Annual Dinner on Tuesday 28 November at William Angliss.  The speaker is Tim Colebatch.  Make up a table of ten, come alone or with your best mate.  You can purchase tickets on Try Booking by clicking here.