Privacy, democracy and technology

What does it mean to design a 'democratic' technology?


Western democracies are under new pressures from digital technologies. Whereas before, the internet was seen as an exciting new platform to increase political engagement, encourage the participation of previously underrepresented groups, and improve innovation, now we understand that new forms of communication have created new arenas of power.

This workshop will focus on the way that technology is changing democracy and the theories of privacy.

Key takeaways:

  • Introduction to theories of democracy

  • Exploration of the role of the individual in democracies and why privacy is instrumental in democracies

  • Workshopping through different thought experiments and scenario planning

  • Recommendations for future actions to take in your organisation

This will be a live workshop with up to 20 people, facilitated by Alice Thwaite. The workshop will take place on Zoom. Links will be mailed to you before the workshop start time.

Suitable for:

Workshop: everyone

Seminar: those that have attended the workshop


Workshop: 2 hours

Seminar: 3-5 hours independent study, 1 hour seminar


Workshop: £35 (will be £45)

Seminar: £65 (will be £85)

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We learn by doing. A seminar gives you the time and space to reflect on the concepts we learned in the workshop, and to come back to a community to discuss and refine your ideas.

A seminar includes:

  • A structured worksheet for independent study, which should take 3-5 hours

  • Constructive and positive feedback

  • 1 hour seminar with a small group of like minded individuals to discuss key topics


"I enjoyed the independent study. When I tried to write down an argument, I realised what I had to learn to help my product team. The seminar clarified a lot of my questions and I'm looking forward to continuing."

"The seminar was full of vibrant conversation and flew by!"

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