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Annual event with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger


14.30 - 18.00 World Trade Center, Den Haag
Data are at the center of everything we do: shopping, dating and even voting. ​​​​​​​This changes society at a rapid pace. How do governments, companies and citizens cope with this change? And how can we give direction for the future? Thursday 15 November 2018 the Rathenau Instituut hosts a debate on democracy in the data society.
  • Thursday 15 November 2018
  • Time: 14.30 – 18.00
  • Place: World Trade Centre The Hague, Prinses Beatrixlaan 582, The Hague
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Keynote by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Keynote speaker is Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford and author of The Data Economy. In his book he describes how data based markets change our society dramatically.  

Dr. ir. Rinie van Est, coordinator at the Rathenau Instituut, will give a presentation on the Political Awakening of the Digital Society. The day will be hosted by Pieter van Boheemen, researcher at the Rathenau Instituut. 

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The event will be in English. Sign up here. Participation is free. If you are unable to attend, please notify us by email (

WTC The Hague is easy to reach by public transport and has parking space. Check their website for the details. 


14.30-15.00        Welcome

15.00-15.10        Opening by Gerdi Verbeet
                           Chair of the Board of the Rathenau Instituut

15.10-15.30        Political Awakening of the Digital Society
               Rinie van Est, coordinator Rathenau Instituut

15.30-16.30        The Future of Governance and Democracy in Our Data Society
                        Prof.dr. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger 
                           Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute

16.30-17.00        Conversation with audience
                           Prof.dr. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger   
               Melanie Peters
, Director Rathenau Instituut

17.00-18.00        Opportunity to network