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Knowledge for democracy

Knowledge is no longer the exclusive domain of experts. Digital access to knowledge and information and the endless ways in which we can disseminate our own ideas and opinions are shifting the political and public debate to different forums. These changes are forcing experts, knowledge institutions and public authorities to find new and responsible ways to generate knowledge for policy. Increasingly, that also means organising channels for stakeholder and public input, for example by asking better research questions, by making use of their expertise and knowledge, and by ensuring that they too have access to results.

What happens if new research findings lead to mistrust or controversy? How can debate be productive in an age of agenda-setting online news media, filter bubbles, trolls and video manipulation? Can digitalisation help build trust within society?

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