Call for contributions: ‘Digital Democracy: Bridging Theory and Practice’ conference

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The European Digital DemocracY network (EDDY) aims to bring together academics and practitioners actively working on or with digital democracy, to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange.

Digital Democracy: Bridging Theory and Practice conference

After a successful series of online events, EDDY is proud to announce its first in-person conference: ‘Digital Democracy: Bridging Theory and Practice’, taking place at Erasmus University Rotterdam from Tuesday 9 April to Thursday 11 April 2024.

The conference will feature contributed talks through an open call (see below), a range of social and interactive sessions (networking, round-table discussions, demo sessions, student sessions, etc.), and a variety of academic and non-academic keynote speakers: Markus Brill (University of Warwick), Corinne Cath (Delft University of Technology, University of Cambridge), Fabrizio Gilardi (Digital Democracy Lab, University of Zurich), Carolina Plescia (University of Vienna), and Simon Strohmenger (CONSUL, Mehr Demokratie).

Call for contributions

EDDY is opening two tracks for selected contributions at the conference: the talks track and the demos track. If you are an academic or a practitioner whose work is related to digital democracy, the organization invites you to submit a one-page description/abstract via this Oxford Abstracts page, by 1 February 2024 to either of the tracks: 

  • Talks track. Selected talks will be given 20-30 minutes of presentation time in the conference program. There will be no proceedings associated with the conference, so you are welcome to submit work that has been previously published by other conferences, journals, and so on.


  • Demos track. Selected demos will take place in parallel during a dedicated session, where you will be given access to a table and internet connection (‘bring your own laptop’ setup). Participants of the conference will be able to freely roam and join the different demos. 

EDDY welcomes contributions from both academics and practitioners on any of the following topics, in relation to digital democracy: online deliberation, liquid democracy, the public sphere, apps and tools for online decision-making, machine learning, crowdsourcing, the digital divide, participatory budgeting, computational social choice, digital identities, social media, popular will, cryptocurrencies & blockchain and secrecy vs. publicity of votes and opinions. We particularly welcome submissions by students and early career scholars or practitioners. 

Contributions will be selected based on their connection to EDDY’s goals, with an eye toward the conference’s multi- and cross-disciplinary target audience, and the diversity of projects and contributors. Depending on the number of submissions, some contributions may be selected for a poster presentation instead. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 February 2024.

More information

This event is made possible thanks to funding and support by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) via Frederik Van De Putte’s VIDI project ENCODE and Ulle Endriss’s VICI project Collective Information, by the Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and by the Erasmus Initiative Societal Impact of AI.  

For more information, see EDDY's website or write to to contact any of EDDY’s core committee members: Jan Maly (TU Wien), Ashley Maum (Framer Framed), Arianna Novaro (Paris 1 University), Frederik Van De Putte (Erasmus University Rotterdam). 

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