Our Head of Marketing, Max Thake, visited Denmark's capital last week to attend the Copenhagen Democracy Summit by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation.
The two-day summit was held at the Royal Danish Playhouse on the 27th and 28th of June and focused on the most important issues facing freedom and democracy today. The summit hosted over 500 esteemed guests from over 75 countries, uniting experts from government and tech.
The first day included multiple events focusing on rejuvenating democracy. Future leaders, activists, students and entrepreneurs from emerging and post-conflict areas took to the stage along with seasoned experts and world leaders.
On the second day multiple panel debates and key note speeches were held focusing on democracy and technology, the state of global democracy, European democracy after European Parliament elections and the US Congressional panel on global leadership.
Forum speakers included the President of the National Democratic Institute, Derek Mitchell and Senior Program Manager at the Human Freedom and Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Christopher Walsh, among many more.
The evening reception was dedicated to celebrating 30 years of freedom after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, founder of the Alliance of Democracies organization and former Prime Minister of Denmark and Secretary General of NATO, took the opportunity to remind us that 1989 was also the year the World Wide Web began, foreshadowing the digital age that was to follow.
The summit put a lot of emphasis on how the digital age has shaped our democracies and our freedom, continues to do so and will do so over the years to come. A lot of time was dedicated to the role of social media in this regard, with Facebook having a considerable presence at the event. Fake News and the rise of Deep Fakes were also hotly debated.
The need for a technology which can prove provenance of data, value and physical items, a technology which can prove identity, ensure transparency and enforce accountability is pertinent. Blockchain, 'The New Internet', will have a large role to play 30 years on from the beginnings of the Web, in cleaning up what the internet could left behind.