Democracy and Culture
in the Digital Age

MatchPoints Conference,  27–29 May 2021
Aarhus University, Denmark


Democracy and Culture
in the Digital Age

MatchPoints Conference,  May 27–29, 2021
Aarhus University, Denmark

Democracy and Digitalization

The internet brought hopes of a broader and better democratic culture, where everyone could participate directly in public debate. Reality turned out to be more complicated. Hate speech, nameless trolls and a fractured public sphere are just some of the challenges brought on by digitalization. Still, digital technologies continue to carry great promise and spearhead innovation. Challenges like climate change and the Covid-19 crisis may well be unsolvable without the internet’s infrastructure. But how was that infrastructure built, and who profits from it?

MatchPoints 2021 explores the hopes and fears of an age where digitization is both ubiquitous and more ambiguous than ever. With democracy, the economy, a worldwide pandemic, the fabric of culture and even the fate of the planet at stake, there has never been a better time to consider the relation between digitalization and society. The conference features international keynote speakers and panels organized by Aarhus University researchers. MatchPoints 2021 will have a hybrid format, meaning that you can either participate in person, choosing between four main tracks onsite, or participate as a virtual attendee in a hybrid live track. Please read below:

Keynote speakers

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama will open the conference with a keynote on how tech giants like Facebook and Google can meet democratic requirements for fair competition    

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum, who has decades of experience studying how states transition into and out of democracy, will talk about the threat of disinformation   

Mark van Vugt

Professor in Evolutionary Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Conference highlights

Panel debate and network event for IT professionals

Partners and sponsors

Destination Aarhus
City of Aarhus