Data-Driven Democracy: Ensuring Values in the Internet Age

How can we harness data for the greater societal good?

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Goal of this Workshop

  • participate in an interdisciplinary discussion on data governance from the perspective of law, engineering, information and political sciences.
  • acquire an international perspective from practitioners, makers, youth and refugees on data governance.
  • take inspiration from international perspectives for legal and regulatory frameworks in data-driven technology.
  • enjoy the opportunity to connect with leading experts on data, data-driven innovation, data governance and human rights.
  • become part of developing insights into meaningful common data governance.


Policy Questions

  • What is the relationship between technological, economic, ethical, political considerations and legal and regulatory frameworks in data-driven technologies?
  • How are they connected and what may happen if those relationships undergo changes?

Problem Statement

Digital applications based on algorithms and analysis of big data support our everyday lives and facilitate communication, networking, research and knowledge exchange. However, such data can and have been misused. At present, humans have to adapt to technology, but it should be technology that ought to be adapted to users and society in the long-term. Or will this just open a new field of problems?

This workshop proposes a viable shift from technology-centric development and problem-solving to human-centred development of technology. Some of the key questions our workshop will address are: 

  • How can we take advantage of technological innovation and the benefits of digitisation in terms of digital sovereignty without losing out terms of social cohesion based on democratic values?
  • Which political and legal norms would have to be shaped by standards into a holistic internet governance, so that individual sovereignty and self-determination are preserved?
  • What influence do filter bubbles and algorithms have on our social coexistence?
  • How can the influence on our society, our political system be weighed, which standards do we need?
  • Who should decide on the respective standards?
  • Which values should be integrated into the development of standards?
  • Do we need more regulations or more ethical guidance for data-driven-democracy?


Panel - Auditorium 90 Min

Panel experts will discuss the above questions and consider different positions to analyze the actual influence of AI, algorithms and filter bubbles on our society. We will support a dynamic presentation of the main diverse viewpoints by interacting with the auditorium at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the panel. 60 minutes of the panel are reserved for participation and exchange with and within the auditorium, onsite and online.


  1. Introduction of the panel 20 min
    • Introduction of the topic and panel by Tobias Redlich
    • Individual introduction (max. 3 minutes for every panelist, own question and short answer)
    • Collection of questions of auditorium
  2. Panel discussion part I 30 min
    • Collected questions are discussed by the panel (15 min)
    • Questions & Answers to exchange ideas and clarify short-term questions (15 min)
    • The online discussion is already integrated in the question and answer round by the online moderator within this first part of the panel.
  3. Panel discussion part II 30 min
    • Summary of the first part of the panel by the onsite moderator (5 min)
    • The more intensive exchange with the present and online auditorium begins. The online discussion is conducted simultaneously in the second part and integrated onsite as far as possible, which is the responsibility of the online moderator. Afterwards the onsite including online question and answer panel discussion will be continued. (25 min)
  4. Reflection & results 10 Min
    • Summary of the discussion by the onsite moderator and future points of potential activities
    • One final sentence for every panelist.

Date & Location

Day, Nov 27 at 3:00 - 4:30/pm
Estrel Congress Center, Raum II
Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin

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Online Participation

You can also participate remotely, watch the programme and contribute to the discussions. These are the following steps:

  1. Create a user account on
  2. Follow the confirmation link in the email to activate your account
  3. Install on your device. An installation guide do you find here: Remote Participation Platform Guide
  4. Use the account to access the online participation section. You will find an overview of the various rooms and transmissions during the event, among other things.

Registration for online participation is possible until the end of the event. Please join the room 10 minutes before the events starts.


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Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, Civil Society

Organisation: Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)

#Internet governance #international internet law

Dr. Kettemann is head of the research programme "Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces". at Leibniz-Institute for Media Research and Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg.  He and his team investigate the rules under which new forms and practices of communication are realized in digital communication spaces, and especially in social networks. He publishes regularly on legal issues of the Internet. Matthias C. Kettemann will share knowledge on the normativity of technology and the design of governance from a jurisprudential point of view.


Dr. Nadine Abdalla, Civil Society

American University in Cairo

#PoliticalTransformation, #socialMovements

Dr. Abdalla delivers thoughts from the field of political transformation and youth movements and how basic political principles might influence the debate.

Dr. Nadine Abdalla is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She got her PhD in Political Science from Sciences-Po Grenoble with highest honors; and in 2006, her MA in International Relations from Sciences-Po Paris in France. Her research interests include social movements in the MENA region (with a focus on the labor and youth movements in the Egyptian context), state-society relations and socio-political transformation in Egypt as well as Euro-Med relations. Her articles have been published by both distinguished academic journals, such as MediterraneanPolitics and The Journal for North African Studies,as well renowned policy outlets, such as the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, The European Institute of the Mediterranean(IEMed) in Barcelona, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.


Prof. Dr. Elke Greifeneder, Civil Society

Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

#information behavior, #digital transformation, #literacy

Prof. Dr. Greifeneder supports the discussion by her insights from human information behavior research and user experience design. She is Deputy Director of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science and head of the research group information behavior. Before joining Humboldt, she was assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Her research examines why people avoid information, which patterns people use to collect and evaluate information, and also how people manage their own personal data. How humans react to and deal with the digital transformation is one of the core questions for her professorship.

The institute’s focus is on cultural heritage institutions. For Elke Greifeneder, data-driven-democracy is also linked to the Open Science movement and Citizen Science projects.

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Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi, Civil Society

Honda Research Institute Europe

#bigdata, #deliberation

Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi is Principal Scientist at Honda Research Institute Europe and holds expertise on topics such as IT security, data governance and privacy-preserving computation and communication. His research focuses on technological innovations in data processing, such as big data, multiscale data aggreagtion, while maintaining the strict privacy of the users. Technologies such as multiparty-computation and homomorphic encryption provide options to create value from data, without learning the data's content. Providing digital sovereignty without trust in any provider is his core research aim.

From 2012 to June 2019, he was a professor leading the lab of ``Technology of Social Networks'' at the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Duesseldorf in Germany. There he investigated technologies for secure computation and communication in scenarios without trust. As member of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy, he researched systems for large-scale Internet-based democratic deliberation.


Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury, Civil Society

Lebanese American University

#refugee governance, #migration

Short biography of this person and how his perspective will contribute to the panel discussion

Dr. Fakhoury is an associate professor of political science and international affairs in the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University (LAU), and the director of the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR).  From 2014 until 2016, she was a principal co-investigator on the project Syrian refugees’ justice concerns and access to formal and informal justice in Lebanon. Her core research and publication areas are: power sharing in divided societies, Euro-Mediterranean migration dynamics and governance, refugee politics in the Middle East, and the role of migrant communities and diasporas in democratization and conflict transformation.


Jessica Berlin, Private Sector

Founder & Managing Director, CoStruct

#innovation #sustainability #Tech4Dev

Jessica Berlin is a security and foreign policy expert turned sustainable business and development innovator. As founder and Managing Director of CoStruct (, she advises governments, companies, multilaterals, and nonprofit organizations on strategy, program design, and partnership development to tackle global challenges with sustainable, scalablescaleable business and technology solutions.

Her work is grounded in 12+ years of cross-cutting experience in foreign policy, security, economic development, entrepreneurship, and tech innovation in Africa, Asia, Europe, MENA, and the US. A frequent speaker on innovation in economic development and security, Jessica brings intersectional insight from policy, business, and civil society on how technology can help or hinder the creation of a more sustainable, equitable 21st century economy and society. Her TEDx talk has been described as “brilliant” and “one of the most powerful and inspiring TED talks” ( She holds an M.Sc. in Political Economy of Emerging Markets from King’s College London, a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, and speaks five languages.


Gustavo Paiva, Civil Society

Brazil's Order of Attorneys, RN Chapter

#capacitybuilding, #platformgovernance

Gustavo Paiva is a member of Brazil's Attorney's Order Commission on Digital Law and IT under the Rio Grande do Norte chapter. His main topic of research is anonymity on the Internet and its protection under Brazil's Constitutional Law. He is a member of ICANN's NCSG and NCUC. He will offer his perspective as a youth engaged in capacity building and outreach, and as researcher on matters of platform and data governance. He is an Evaluator for Brazil's IGF, representing civil society.



Dr.-Ing. Tobias Redlich, Civil Society
Onsite Moderator
Organisation: Helmut Schmidt University

#open production, #open source hardware

Dr.-Ing. Tobias Redlich is Academic Laboratory Manager at the Chair of Manufacturing Technology at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, where he leads the interdisciplinary working group Value Creation Systematics, which deals with the research of new collaborative value creation patterns and interdisciplinary as well as participative approaches to technology development. In addition, he heads the OpenLab Hamburg, an open workshop that provides the general public with access to modern, digital manufacturing technologies.

He is going to facilitate the panel discussion with his in-depth knowledge about participatory technology development, open source hardware, value creation and human-machine-interaction.

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Ithabeleng Chabana, Technical Organisation: Vodacom Lesotho

Online Moderator

#cybersecurity #internet governance

Ithabeleng Chabana is Cybersecurity Architect for Vodacom Lesotho as well as ISOC Lesotho Chapter President.

Part of her job is centred around policies and standards used to enforce Data Protection and Governance of business processes, with focus on cybersecurity baseline controls, Privacy and Information Security. She is currently pursuing to be certified as CISSP.

She supports the online participation based on her background in cybersecurity and internet governance.


Sissy-Ve Basmer-Birkenfeld, Civil Society
Online Moderator
Organisation: Helmut Schmidt University

#participation, #social sustainability

Sissy-Ve Basmer-Birkenfeld is Scientific Director of the JF:TEC office as well as Research Assistant at the Laboratory of Production Technology/Helmut-Schmidt-University of Hamburg and is working on her doctoral thesis at the Institute for Sustainability Management (INSUGO) of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg on new participatory situations based on technology.

She facilitates the organization of the workshop and the online participation based on her background in political science, philosophy and psychology.


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Dr.-Ing. Tobias Redlich, Helmut Schmidt University
Sissy-Ve Basmer-Birkenfeld, Helmut Schmidt University

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