Programme Digital Society Conference 2022
Program (preliminary) Digital Society Programme Conference 2022
Monday 28 November, Jaarbeurs Utrecht
The Digital Society programme, with the participation of all Dutch universities, is organizing the 4th edition of the Digital Society Conference. The event will take place on Monday 28 November 2022 at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. The Digital Society Conference is all about connecting citizens, researchers, policy advisors, civil society organisations, industry and entrepreneurs, so we can work together towards a common goal: to create a better digital society which is beneficial for all. The first Dutch Minister of Digitalization, Alexandra van Huffelen, will present her policy on digitalization. Moreover, there will be two internationally recognized keynote speakers, presentations about cutting-edge research projects, panel discussions on safety and security, all this under the direction of host Maaike Schoon. Between the sessions and at the end of the day, there will be ample opportunity for networking. You can sign up here.
Theme: Safety & Resilience in a Digital Society
In a world threatened by war, pandemic and climate disasters, the security and resilience of people and the infrastructure that supports them are becoming increasingly important. These infrastructures comprise increasingly intertwined social, political and technical systems. Talking about the security and resilience of digital technologies is also talking about the security and resilience of individuals, families, workplaces, cultural heritage and democracy. During this one-day conference, the national Digital Society programme brings together researchers from diverse academic backgrounds, policy makers and civil society organizations to discuss how people can work together for a safer and more resilient society.
9.30: Opening by chair of the day Maaike Schoon. Interview with Pieter Duisenberg, president of Universities of the Netherlands (UNL), and coordinators of the programme Professors Sally Wyatt (UM), Geert-Jan Houben (TUD) and Marcel Broersma (RUG).
9.45: Interview with the Minister for Digitalisation, Alexandra van Huffelen, by the chair of the day, Maaike Schoon. The Minister is responsible for the ambitious digitalization policy of the Dutch government, related to economic innovation, inclusion, digital civil rights and the management of the digital infrastructure.
10.15: Keynote: Prof Trine Syvertsen (University of Oslo) – “Resilience and resistance: Disconnecting from the digital attention economy”.
Trine Syvertsen works in the fields of media history, media policy, television and digital media. She is the author of Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting (Emerald 2020), Media Resistance: Dislike, Protest, Abstention (Palgrave Pivot, open access) and co-author of The Media Welfare State: Nordic Media in the Digital Era (University of Michigan Press, 2014).
11.30: Thematic Parallel sessions: including current Digital Society Team Science projects and NWO Digital Society program projects (see list below):
a. Ethics/Responsible data science: Digital Identity and Privacy, Trust in government, Democratic rule of law, fundamental rights.
b. Social Media: Sentiment analysis/online discrimination.
c. Health and wellbeing: Sensors and apps/tools and their social and privacy aspects.
d. Work and Organizations: Technology and Work. Digital transition within government (robots/hybrid working).
13.30: Discussion led by the chair of the day on the theme of Safety.
Plenary panel discussion with social stakeholders, policymakers and members of the House of Representatives.
Participants include: Prof. dr. Bart Jacobs, Professor Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Hub for Digitalization and Society (NWO-Stevinpremie 2021), Dr. Bernold Nieuwesteeg, director of the Center of the Law and Economics of Cyber Security (CLECS) at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
14.15: Thematic Parallel sessions: including current Digital Society Team Science projects and NWO Digital Society program projects (see list below).
15.30: Discussion led by the chair of the day on the theme of Resilience.
Plenary panel discussion with social stakeholders, policymakers and members of the House of Representatives. Participants include: Prof. dr. José van Dijck, University Professor of Media and Digital Society, Utrecht University (Spinoza Prize 2021), Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, University Professor and full professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology, and Marieke Koekkoek, Lid van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal van Nederland voor Volt.
16.30: Keynote Prof. dr. Tina Comes, Professor TU Delft Decision Theory & ICT TU Delft, Professor Decision-Making & Digitalization, University Maastricht, Scientific Director 4TU. Resilience Engineering, Member Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences
17.15: Closing and drinks afterwards
Projects that will be presented in the parallel sessions:
- “Responsible Digital Twins for Local & Regional Governance” (DiSa project)
PI: Dr. Mirko Tobias Schaefer (Utrecht Data School, UU)
- “Co-designing a fair digital asylum procedure” (DiSa project)
PI: Dr. Koen Leurs (Media and Culture, UU)
- “Co-Designing an Inclusive Collaborative Mapping Tool with People with Disabilities”
PI: Dr. Johannes Flacke (UT)
- “Oops, your documents are encrypted!” (NWO project)
PI: Dr. Lamber Royakkers (Eindhoven University of Technology)
- “Informed citizenship for all” (NWO project)
PI: Prof. dr. Marcel Broersma (RUG)
- “Better informing citizens about current debates: Moderating and Summarizing Online Discussions” (NWO project)
PI: Prof. dr. Emiel Krahmer (UvT)
- “The Power of Words: The Role of Mediators' Language in Increasing Intergenerational Empathy in Online Discussions” (NWO project)
PI: Dr. Dong Nguyen (UU)