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Democracy In The Digital Age - House of Commons Meeting

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Join us to discuss “Democracy In The Digital Age" in this joint meetup with GlobalNet21 (, hosted by Tom Brake MP in House of Commons, and with panellists Emma Mulqueeny and Professor Andy Miah.

Tom Brake has said,

“New technology has provided the means to move from our existing representative democracy to a participatory democracy, which could represent a fundamental constitutional change, affecting the role of MPs and their constituents, as well as the processes by which we govern.”

It is this that we plan to discuss at this meeting. To what extent is the digital age with social media, big data, and artificial intelligence changing our democracy? Will it lead to a more participatory future and direct democracy, or will the age of big data enable governments and corporations to control us without our active participation?

Is the digital future a brave new world that we should fear or a new opportunity for citizens and civil society to engage directly with government?

About the panellists:

Tom Brake MP ( has been Shadow Transport Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, and Shadow Minister for the Home Office, amongst other prominent positions. In September 2012, Tom was promoted to the position of Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, a junior Ministerial role. In January 2015 Tom was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's Leader of the House of Commons and London spokesperson.

Emma Mulqueeny, OBE ( is the founder of Rewired State and Young Rewired State: Coding a better country. She has been included in the 166th annual edition of Who’s Who, voted onto the Wired 100 list, Tech City 100, BIMA Hot 100 and has been voted one of the top ten women in technology by The Guardian. Emma writes regularly for the British Press and on her own blog (, speaks on radio and on television, is well known for her campaign: ‘Year 8 is too Late’ (encouraging girls into technology subjects) and relentlessly pushing the potential of open data.

Professor Andy Miah, PhD ( is Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, in the School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester. Andy regularly interviews for a range of major media companies, which have included BBC’s Newsnight and Start the Week with Andrew Marr, ABC’s The 7:30 Review and CBC’s The Hour. His research discusses the intersections of art, ethics, technology and culture and he has published broadly in areas of emerging technologies, particularly related to human enhancement.

Meeting logistics:

Information about access to the meeting room will be shared nearer the time of the event.

About GlobalNet21:

From :

"GlobalNet21 is the leading forum in the UK for discussing the major issues in the 21st Century. We share a common concern for the sustainability of both our planet and the people on it. With almost 20,000 network members in the UK and abroad, we are making the debate, and democracy, more accessible by enlarging the Public Square and using social networks.

"As well as a network of individuals we have also set up a collaborative network of organisations to exchange good practice and transfer knowledge so that we can learn from each other. This network is cross boundary and includes local authorities, housing associations, universities, community groups and social enterprises. Our aim is through dialogue to celebrate diversity and develop community self-resilience and sustainability at a time of unprecedented social and environmental change."