September 7 – 10, 2023 in Linz Austria
Participation in the Summit as representative of Local Expert Group (Onasis Stegi, GR)
European Digital Deal (EU)
Summit consists of introductory session, three working sessions, final presentation and optional activities during four full days. Digital Deal Summit is taking place in the frame of the European Digital Deal project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and hosted by Ars Electronica. The European Digital Deal is a three-year investigation co-funded by Creative Europe into how the accelerated, yet at times unconsidered adoption of new technologies—such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and algorithmic processing—can alter or undermine democratic processes. Through a myriad of programs running from January 2023 to December 2025, we want to set up a new kind of public forum where cultural institutions, artists, researchers and educators gather to reflect on what a deal that safeguards democratic values in the digital realm might look like, and the role they can play in shaping it.
As new technologies become part and parcel of the ways in which we disseminate and consume information or interact with public administration, they mold our view of the world and our relationship with governments. Unpacking the entanglements of technology with the media and public administration is a first step in reaching a digital deal that is committed to democratic principles.
Beyond exposing the present-day risks, the project also draws into question the current architecture of innovation processes and makes a case for the long-term environmental and societal impacts to be considered in designing fair, ethical and sustainable technologies in the future.
European Digital Deal Summit Working Groups
FAKE OR TRUTH? TACKLING DISINFORMATION THROUGH A WIDER PARTICIPATION OF CITIZENS AND ARTISTS ENGAGING MORE MEANINGFULLY WITH HIGH-QUALITY JOURNALISM, SCIENCE EDUCATION AND DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
The media industry has been vastly transformed by technology. Traditional news media has evolved and expanded into the digital space, while the social media of the Web 2.0 has entirely changed how information is shared and received on a global level. Whereas access to and distribution of information was dictated for most of modern society by governing bodies, religious entities or publishers, the rise of digital technologies in the final third of the 21st century challenged the ability of these entities to exercise authority over information control systems. While many of the traditional channels are still used to direct information on a societal level, individuals have become distributors of information themselves. This is especially true for the spread of information on the most prevalent social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. While these digital public spaces were heralded in the early years of the 21st century as forms of social innovation and democratization, they have also become a tool for authoritarian regimes to manipulate public opinion and spread targeted disinformation and have led to the formation of echo chambers and filter bubbles that foster mis- or disinformation among individual users. Moreover, the improvements of visual-based creation models have led to the generation of fake content which is increasingly difficult for humans and machines to distinguish as artificial, adding another layer of complexity to the efforts for safeguarding democratic processes.
Subtopics of the challenge:
- Citizen Participation: Citizens can help to create counter-narratives that challenge false or misleading information or share reliable sources with their networks. Citizens and artists can work together to create campaigns or platforms that raise awareness about disinformation and encourage people to act against it. Citizens can pressure social media platforms to take responsibility for the spread of disinformation on their sites.
- Art-Science Innovation: Artists can create artwork, music, or other forms of media dealing with disinformation and misinformation, critical approaches to media, fact checking, psychological biases, and disinformation during the rise of AI. Artists can develop alternative visions for platforms.
- Education on disinformation and creating awareness on fact-checking information: Providing resources and opportunities for citizens to develop media literacy competences, cope with own biases and limitations, foster intellectual agency and evaluating disagreements about how to know. Artists can create engaging and creative content that promotes media and scientific literacy and critical thinking.
- Forensic Journalism and alternative information retrieval systems: Shed light on hidden truths, challenge conventional narratives and provide the public with a more accurate and nuanced portrayal of events, ultimately strengthening transparency, democracy and ensuring a well-informed citizenry.
Irina Paraschivoiu (RO) is a researcher, experimenter, and educator, passionate about the human-centered design of places and technology. Merging her backgrounds in urban planning and human-computer interaction, her work focuses on how to best involve users as co-designers of technology applications in the fields of media literacy, extended reality (XR) and spatial interaction. She is Strategist and COO of Polycular, a creative technology studio creating meaningful XR experiences. She co-initiated and led Escape Fake, an augmented reality experience dedicated to educators, with the aim to develop innovative tools for education on media literacy. As a Research Fellow at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces in Salzburg, she focuses on digital placemaking, hybrid interactions within the built environment and collaborative XR.
Amilcar Correia is the main reporter at Público newspaper. He was deputy editor-in-chief and head of digital for newspaper Público’s website. He was the creator and editor-in-chief for P3, an award- winning website dedicated to young adults.
Theodora Kotsaka (GR) is a political sociologist with degrees from University of Athens (Phd in Political Sociology), Essex University UK (MA in Political Behavior), Aegean University (MA in Social Anthropology) and Panteion University (Degree in Political Science and International Relations). She works as a scientific researcher for think tanks, research institutes, EU projects and as an expert for the private sector.
Kasia Chmielinski (US)(they/them) is the Co-Founder of the Data Nutrition Project, an initiative that builds tools to mitigate bias in artificial intelligence, and a fellow at Stanford University focused on building responsible data systems.
Stefan Janjić (RS) (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad. Since 2018, works as an editor-in-chief at FakeNews Tragač, a fact-checking website.
Warren Jones (US) is an interdisciplinary artist working in the field of sound and music. He is the co-founder of Black Ether an artist movement aimed at reclaiming space for black artists.
Direct link to European Digital Deal: https://ars.electronica.art/who-owns-the-truth/en/events/european-digital-deal-summit/
The Ars Electronica Festival – an international Festival for Art, Technology and Society – was initiated in 1979 and focuses on electronic art and media theory. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, and eccentric in the best sense of the term. They influence our everyday life – our lifestyle, our way of life, every single day.
European Digital Deal is a three-year investigation co-funded by Creative Europe into how the accelerated, yet at times unconsidered adoption of new technologies – such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain and algorithmic processing – can alter or undermine democratic processes. Through a myriad of programmes running from January 2023 to December 2025, we want to set up a new kind of public forum where cultural institutions, artists, researchers, educators gather to reflect on what a deal that safeguards democratic values in the digital realm might look like, and the role they can play in shaping it.
The theme of Ars Electronica in 2023, this year formulated as a question – Who Owns the Truth?, aims directly at key disputed topics of our time: truth and ownership, interpretive authority and sovereignty. Can truth be owned? Is there a right to truth and if it does belong to someone, what control and responsibility are associated with it?
Festival 2023 will feature, as usual, in-depth elaborations, lively discussions and bold provocations by artists, scholars, and scientists from all over the world. Thus, Ars Electronica will once again be a setting for reciprocal exchange, artistic installations, performances, and interventions.
The link to Ars Electronica Festival: https://ars.electronica.art/news/en/