World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and the Boston Global Forum co-organize Online AIWS Roundtable on Digital Technologies, Elections and Democracy in times of COVID-19

Aug 2, 2020Event Updates

Time: 9:00 am, EST, August 5, 2020

Speakers: Professor Thomas Patterson, Harvard University, Research Director of Michael Dukakis Institute, Co-founder of

Marc Rotenberg, Director of Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP) at Michael Dukakis Institute

Yves Leterme, WLA-CdM Member, Prime Minister of Belgium (2008, 2009-2011)

Joyce Banda, WLA-CdM Member, President of Malawi (2012-2014)

Hanna Suchocka, WLA-CdM Member, Prime Minister of Poland (1992- 1993)


The livestream can be found here.


The World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) in partnership with the Boston Global Forum (BGF) is organizing a Policy Lab on Transatlantic Approaches to Digital Governance: A New Social Contract in the Age of Artificial Intelligence that will take place on 16-18 September 2020.

In preparation for the Policy Lab, WLA-CdM and BGF will be organizing a series of preliminary online roundtables that seek to fuel and enrich deliberations within the Policy Lab. The first of these roundtables took place on 12 May, 2020, and focused on the deployment of digital technologies in response to COVID-19 pandemic, and their implications on privacy rights.

A second online roundtable on Digital Technologies, Elections and Democracy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic will be held on August 5, 2020 and analyse how digital technologies can contribute to protecting democracies and guaranteeing free, fair and transparent elections in times of global emergencies.

In the present COVID-19 context and from a democratic perspective, the development of a new Social Contract on Digital Governance and Artificial Intelligence acquires renewed relevance as the imperative of improving preparedness and government responses to global crises becomes ever more evident.

These policy discussions are part of the Multilateralism and Global Cooperation track of WLA-CdM’s 2020-2022 Programmatic Strategy. They will serve tobring the digital transformation angle into WLA-CdM’s 2020 Policy Dialogue on ‘Multilateralism that delivers’ and, through the latter, to our contribution to the UN75 process and global discussions on the much needed reinvigoration of the multilateral system.