Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation

About the Centre

The Centre for Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I) conducts cutting-edge academic and policy-relevant research on the ongoing digital transformation of society. We critically examine the evolution of new (digital) modes of governance from an interdisciplinary perspective, specifically multistakeholder and democratic processes that involve private, public, and civil society actors, whilst paying attention to issues of power and participation.

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Does technology break down barriers to participate in decision-making? What are visible and invisible barriers to participation? How do traditional public values translate into an online environment? Do we govern technology or does technology govern us? Can governance of the Internet be entrusted to private actors alone?

Such questions address the difficulties in leveraging new technologies to enable effective citizen participation, the growing need for continued stakeholder engagement in global, European, national and local governance, and the need for concerted regulation and novel governance approaches in the digital environment.

Key Themes

  • Digitalisation and Democracy
  • Digitalisation and Innovation
  • Legitimacy and Participation beyond the State
  • Political Disinformation in a Digital Context
  • Digital Markets
  • Innovative Education
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EDGE: Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe

Period November 2017 - October 2022
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Feeding Radicalism through Disinformation?

Period July 2020 - April 2021
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Revisiting the Past, Anticipating the Future

Period May 2018 - April 2021
Funded By

European Commission

De Staat van Vlaanderen

Period March 2020 - May 2020