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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