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Joint Symposium by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the US National Academy of Sciences

Date: Tuesday, 22 to Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Time: 15:00 to 18:00
Location: Online

Digitization is an integral part of democracy today. This is particularly evident in election campaigns, political initiatives and societal debates that are increasingly being conducted via social media. The COVID-19 pandemic and related public measures for social distancing have further intensified this trend towards digitization. The virtual space offers new opportunities for democratic participation, but at the same time, there is rising concern for its place and influence in politics and society. Fake news, hate speech and conspiracy theories are able to sway political opinions and the results of elections, and the power of transnational social networks and platforms is also the subject of many recent public debates. 

The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina are organizing the virtual symposium “Digitization and Democracy” to discuss associated risks, policy options and trends from a scientific point of view. This includes content moderation as well as the potential of digitization for enhancing democracies. Renowned speakers from Germany, Israel and the United States will discuss the topic over four virtual sessions, in an interdisciplinary manner. The audience is kindly invited to ask questions via chat.


The event is addressed to the general public and will be held in English. Admission is free of charge. Please register for the Zoom online event via the registration website:


When using the Zoom video conferencing system, the privacy policy of the provider applies: https://zoom.us/de-de/privacy.html

Time of the event: 15:00 – 18:00 Berlin; (09:00 – 12:00 Washington D.C.; 16:00 – 19:00 Jerusalem)

Further information


Dr. Jan Nissen
Senior Officer, International Relations Department
E-Mail: jan.nissen@leopoldina.org

Dr. Henning Steinicke
Senior Officer, Science-Policy-Society
E-Mail: politikberatung@leopoldina.org

Dr. Elke Witt
Senior Officer, Science-Policy-Societyt
E-Mail: politikberatung@leopoldina.org