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Presentation on democratic governance and parliamentary development in the digital world​ during an expert meeting of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Athens.

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Democratic governance and
parliamentary development
in the digital world​
Dr. Fotis Fitsilis
Expert meeting on Digital Democracy
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Athens, 26.9.2019
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Structure
 Motivation
 Shortcomings
 Discussion
 Private data protection
 Results and outlook
 Sources
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Motivation (and fundamental questions)
​Parliaments are representative institutions
Debate on state-of-the-art topics of societal
change, e.g.
 digital transformation
 algorithmic regulation
Follow the respective general trends in
organizational change, e.g.
 digitization of information
 process digitalization
A. How can parliaments be equipped and
empowered to tackle these challenges?
B. Can parliaments act single-handedly?
4
Shortcomings in approaches taken
Aid is conceived in technocratic and mostly
apolitical way
Seek relationship between foreign aid and
democratization
*Hagmann and Reyntjens (2016)
Foreign aid may strengthen autocratic regimes*
However….
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Discussion I
Be innovative; think out-of-the-box
“Do not re-invent the wheel!”
Endorsement of open source technology
solutions & open data
 Low-cost technology options
 Directly engage stakeholders
Design a digital ecosystem of services
 Digital transformation goes hand-in-hand with
procedural and institutional changes
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Discussion II: Private data protection
How can personal data protection be
maintained within the eGovernance and
eParliament spheres?
State-of-play in the Hellenic Parliament
The role of GDPR
Complex case studies, e.g. enquiry
committees, asset and funds-source
declaration (πόθεν έσχες)
How to ensure allingment with rules?
 Internal control, trusted third party,
ethics advocate or else

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Democratic governance and parliamentary development in the digital world​

  • 1. Democratic governance and parliamentary development in the digital world​ Dr. Fotis Fitsilis Expert meeting on Digital Democracy Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Athens, 26.9.2019
  • 2. 2 Structure  Motivation  Shortcomings  Discussion  Private data protection  Results and outlook  Sources
  • 3. 3 Motivation (and fundamental questions) ​Parliaments are representative institutions Debate on state-of-the-art topics of societal change, e.g.  digital transformation  algorithmic regulation Follow the respective general trends in organizational change, e.g.  digitization of information  process digitalization A. How can parliaments be equipped and empowered to tackle these challenges? B. Can parliaments act single-handedly?
  • 4. 4 Shortcomings in approaches taken Aid is conceived in technocratic and mostly apolitical way Seek relationship between foreign aid and democratization *Hagmann and Reyntjens (2016) Foreign aid may strengthen autocratic regimes* However….
  • 5. 5 Discussion I Be innovative; think out-of-the-box “Do not re-invent the wheel!” Endorsement of open source technology solutions & open data  Low-cost technology options  Directly engage stakeholders Design a digital ecosystem of services  Digital transformation goes hand-in-hand with procedural and institutional changes
  • 6. 6 Discussion II: Private data protection How can personal data protection be maintained within the eGovernance and eParliament spheres? State-of-play in the Hellenic Parliament The role of GDPR Complex case studies, e.g. enquiry committees, asset and funds-source declaration (πόθεν έσχες) How to ensure allingment with rules?  Internal control, trusted third party, ethics advocate or else
  • 7. 7 Results and Outlook How can parliaments be equipped and empowered to tackle these challenges?  Create multi-stakeholder platforms, e.g. Hellenic OCR Team  Engage in international networks  Acquire knowledge and build-up capacities, e.g. Participation in intra- and extra-EU R&D projects Custom continuous education Can parliaments act single-handedly?  Only in a limited way  Challenges need to be jointly tackled
  • 8. Sources*  LEXIS, https://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/en/campus- koblenz/fb4/iwvi/agvinf/projects/completedprojects/lex-is  +Spaces,https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/93838/factsheet /en  NOMAD,https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/102148/factshe et/en  ARCOMEM, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/97303/en  METALOGUE,https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/110655/fact sheet/en  EU Twinning (Serbia), http://www.parlament-twinning.eu  EU Twinning (Albania), https://www.alparliament-twinning.eu  ManyLaws, https://www.manylaws.eu (ongoing) 8 *R&D projects to which the Hellenic Parliaments has participaded during the course of the past decade