Professor Thomas Patterson, co-founder of the Boston Global Forum, and AIWS.net, co-author of the Social Contract 2020, spoke at the AIWS Roundtable, co-organized by the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and the Boston Global Forum on August 13, 2020. He addressed these questions:
Digitization processes in any sphere should include a multi-stakeholder approach, therefore, is fundamental to promote a broad consensus among political elites, companies and citizens for the implementation of digital tools such as Internet voting. This calls for a transparent, involved and participated process, where the relevant actors have a voice. In this context, what role can multilateral organizations play here? How could we generate consensus among the different stakeholders to move forward with digitization in democracy and, especially, in elections?
The spread and penetration of digital technologies has been transforming society and the COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing global health crisis has significantly accelerated this process, imposing rapid and widespread digitalization even in the political sphere. Technology is part of our daily life. We can do numerous procedures electronically such as bank transfers, purchases, etc. However, this modernization in public administration lags behind. What do you think are the causes of this delay in digitizing processes such as voting? How can we use digitalization to make democratic and sustainable environment? (i.e. Digitalization could reduce costs in the Public Administration in the long term and produce investments with these savings in other policies)