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  • How can digitisation benefit democracy and equality?



    This is the third forum of Victorian Fabians' Spring Series on "Digitisation and Democracy"

    SPEAKERS: Marta Poblet; Adam Jacoby; Simon Longstaff


    The advent of new digital platforms that have the capacity to increase the interaction between citizens and their representatives are expanding as the potential of peer communication, and crowd evaluation is explored.

    With the right design, this has huge potential to broaden the depth of political dialogue and extend and equalise democratic expression. 

    How could digitisation encourage deliberation, spread power and bolster knowledge to enhance democracy?


    Marta Poblet researches "crowd - civic systems", those apps and webpages that are used by citizens, grass-root organisations, foundations, NGOs, research centres, and start-ups to enhance democracy and citizen participation. She believes that we should understand what model of democracy each of these are advancing.

    Adam Jacoby is the founder of startup democracy platform "MiVote" which is intended to provide a forum for both informing voting and for influencing the political process.

    Simon Longstaff is Executive Director of The Ethics Centre and author of Everyday Ethics. He has a concern with the ethics of big data and its effects on democracy and equality.


  • 2017 C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner with Anne Aly

    • Friday, November 17, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    • The Apprentice in Ultimo, Australia
    • $90.00 AUD

    The NSW Fabians are proud to host its 5th annual C.E. Martin Memorial Dinner on Friday 17th November.

    The dinner is named in honour of the first President of the NSW Fabian Society, Clarence Edward Martin, the longest serving Attorney-General in New South Wales history. 

    Our keynote speaker will be Dr Anne Aly, Labor MP for Cowan.

    It will be a great opportunity to share a night among friends and fellow members and support the work the NSW Fabians have done over the past year.

    Last year’s dinner sold out so please get in early.

    Includes: A three course meal plus three beverages & unlimited soft drinks (additional drinks available for purchase but please note that venue does not accept cash)

    Earlybird Price: Members/concession $90, non-members $100, solidarity $120 (Members/concession $100, non-members $110 after September 30)

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