Tanja Aitamurto


tanjapieniTanja Aitamurto, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering at Stanford. She examines the impact of civic technologies on human behavior and society. The empirical contexts range from virtual, mixed, and augmented reality to large-scale online collaboration systems, such as applications of collective intelligence in open and participatory journalism, deliberation and policy-making, civic crowdfunding, and applications of artificial intelligence for civic use.

Tanja’s work has received a number of awards, and it has been published in several academic journals, including New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society and International Journal of Communication. She is the author of Crowdsourced Democracy – New Era in Policymaking.

Tanja has attended meetings and given talks about her research in the White House, the Wikimedia Foundation, OECD, the Council of Europe and in several parliaments and governments, including those of Canada, Austria and Finland.

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How can we achieve a renewed democracy?

A functional democracy needs more participatory forms for civic engagement. Citizens should be invited to participate in policymaking by deploying methods like crowdsourcing and participatory budgeting. Opening up democratic practices for citizen participation will create a more inclusive and transparent society.

What should be the outcomes of the Democracy Night?

To implement digital projects successfully, we need more thought leaders inside government and more knowledge about the impact of new technologies on democracy. The Democracy Night can pave the way by inspiring people about open government practices and sharing knowledge.

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