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Public Evening Event

Elections in the Social Media Age.
Free and fair – or a manipulation free-for-all?

Frauenkirche Dresden
19 March 2019, 19:00 hrs



In 2019, Germans are not only asked to vote in the state elections of Brandenburg, the Free State of Saxony and Thuringia, but also to vote in the European Elections. Free and fair elections are a constitutive element of any modern democracy and are essential for sustainable development. But what does “free and fair” mean in the social media age? What can we do to protect ourselves from manipulation while continuing to utilise the positive benefits of social media for political communication and information-sharing?

These and additional questions will be discussed on 19 March 2019 at the Frauenkirche Dresden with Laura Chinchilla, former President of Costa Rica and current Chair of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age and Nanjala Nyabola, Author of “Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya” from Nairobi.

Partners and Sponsors

The public evening event is organised in conjuncture with the Dresden Forum for International Politics on “Participation or Polarisation? Social media and societal peace”. You can find further information here.

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