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Youth, Technology and Democracy

Democracy Unplugged: Navigating the Digital Frontier for Youth Political Participation

1:30 - 2:30 CET / 9:30-10:30 KST

In-person event

Step into the future of democracy with “Democracy Unplugged,” a thought-provoking panel discussion hosted by Restless Development. In an age where digital technologies redefine the contours of societies, this event delved into the opportunities and risks posed by advancements like AI, emphasizing the crucial role they play in shaping the trajectory of democracy, especially for young people.

Join us as we navigate the delicate balance between harnessing the potential of digital technologies and safeguarding human rights, a moral imperative emphasized by UN leaders in September 2022. “Democracy Unplugged” was not just a discussion; it was a call to action for young voices and civil society, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to actively contribute to the establishment of digital governance.

Restless Development, known for supporting youth in making their voices heard, presented insights from a youth-led research project on civic tech tools’ role and impact in shaping political participation, accountability, and transparency among young Nigerians. The panel shed light on global case studies, exposing the untapped potential of civic tech and its profound impact on political engagement.

This event, aimed to ignite a global conversation on the future of democracy in the digital age, focused on both the opportunities and risks that technology, including AI, poses to young people’s participation in politics.

Explore the uncharted territories of digital democracy and learn how human rights laws can and should apply to data and digital technologies by reading the summary below.

“Democracy Unplugged” is more than a discussion; it’s a movement towards an inclusive and technologically empowered democratic future. Be part of the conversation that shapes the path ahead.

*This event was held in person at the COEX Center in Gangnam, Seoul.


  • Restless Development