Conference Announcement: The Direct Parliament

I am pleased to announce that on June 8, 2018, the COSMOS Center for Social Movement Studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence will host The Direct Parliament: The Impact of Digital Democracy on Political Representation, which will be the closing conference of this research project.

Bridging gaps between academic research and hands-on experience, The Direct Parliament will bring together scholars, software developers, and party activists from Spain, Germany, New Zealand, United States, and Italy to discuss a range of critical questions, including: the political values, or different conceptions of democracy, embedded in the design of participation platforms; the impact of digital democracy initiatives on the relationship between the represented and the representatives; the technological, political, and normative challenges to the extension and wider institutionalization of such initiatives; the transformation of the public sphere; and the pioneering role of digital parties such as the Italian Five Star Movement, the Spanish Podemos, and the German Pirate Party.

Here is the list of confirmed speakers, (some of which have been featured on this blog):


Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University


Richard Bartlett, Loomio (NZ)
Davide Casaleggio, Rousseau (IT)
Guido Boella, LiquidFeedback/WeGov (IT)
Simona Levi, X Party-X Net (ES)
Martin Haase, German Pirate Party (DE)
Moreno Yague, Podemos Andalusia, Democracia 4.0 (ES)
Enrica Sabatini, Movimento 5 Stelle (IT)
Sergio Arrojo, Podemos Participation Team, Participa (ES)
Marco Deseriis, Scuola Normale Superiore (IT)
Francisco Jurado, Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla (ES)
Michele Sorice, LUISS School of Government (IT)

The conference will be held in the Room Altana at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, which is located on the 5th Floor of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Firenze.

I will post a definitive schedule on this blog in the upcoming weeks.

Stay tuned!

The Direct Parliament is the closing conference of the research project Scalable Democracy, which is coordinated by Dr. Marco Deseriis as part of a Marie Curie research grant funded by the European Commission.

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