Freedom vs Control: For a Democratic Response
The World Forum for Democracy will host the forum: Freedom vs control: For a democratic response in Strasbourg, on 18-20 November 2015.
The World Forum for Democracy will engage decision-makers, opinion leaders and social innovators in a debate about the approaches to be adopted at the international, national, regional and local levels in order to ensure the protection of freedom in democracy facing violence and extremism. The exchanges will be based on initiatives by public authorities or grassroots actors, which will be examined by an interdisciplinary international panel. General guiding principles will then be drawn up to encourage and support future policy responses and field action.
Initiatives and ideas to be presented and assessed at the forum will be grouped under four themes
How much control kills democracy?
Freedom from fear in a diverse society?
Is learning for democracy adequate today?
Is freedom of expression and information a reality?
For the first time, the Forum will not only showcase already existing initiatives, but also innovative, untested ideas to maintain and develop democracy’s basic principles in times of increasing security threats.
Over 1500 participants from a wide range of backgrounds – politicians, academics, activists, media and business professionals from around the world – will attend the Forum and connect live to many others via the internet. The Forum will consist of plenary sessions for high-level addresses; keynote introductions and joint debate/summing up, as well as a series of smaller working sessions (labs) to address specific issues through the critical analysis of implemented initiatives or novel ideas.