International high-level dialogue forum

Shaping a globalised world

Participation or Polarisation?
Social media and societal peace

International Symposium
19-20 March 2019, Haus der Kirche, Dresden

Programme  Report


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

19 March 2019, Frauenkirche Dresden


What does it mean for peace within and between societies if a single tweet can trigger a local, national or even an international crisis which then erupts into real-world violence? What might a constructive response to the deliberate dissemination of misinformation and the fomenting of hate against others via social networks look like? What action can the international community take to curb hidden political manipulation across borders in social networks? And which opportunities do social media offer to promote peace and democratic processes? These and other questions have been explored at the Dresden Forum for International Politics 2019.

On 19 March 2019, there was a public evening event at the Dresden Frauenkirche discussing how democratic elections are influenced by social media.


More publications on this topic

"We need to bring the human back into the digital conversation"
Interview with Nanjala Nyabola on social media and its role in Kenya
sef: insight 2|2019

"Opportunities as never before to interact with citizens"
Interview with Laura Chinchilla on social media and their role in politics
sef: insight 1|2019

Partners and Sponsors

This event is co-financed by tax money based on the budget agreed upon by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.

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