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Democracy in the Digital Age | Dr Frank Mols, Dr Elena Block & Jesse Richardson | UQPPES

Thursday, 8 September 2022




The university of Queensland

The rise of social media presents one of the greatest technological and social changes in recent history.
Not only are platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and TikTok a central part of our private lives, in an increasingly online world, they play an ever-more important role in our political lives. This is blamed for all manner of contemporary political woes - polarisation, radicalisation, misinformation, and many more 'ations' besides. But are these accusations well-founded?
🗣How does social media change the way we communicate about politics?
🧠What is the underlying political psychology at play here?
🏛What does the rise of social media mean for the state?
🗳Does this present a threat to democracy?
🤔And how should policymakers and we as citizens respond to the rise of social media?
This September, the UQPPE Society is putting together a panel with experts in communications, political psychology, critical thinking, and public policy to address these questions and more.
The discussion panel will take place in a room to be confirmed at UQ's St Lucia campus on Friday September 9th. Doors open at 5:45pm for a 6pm start.
Register your interest in this event to stay up to date as we announce our panellists and more information.


This event is sponsored by KPMG. KPMG is a global firm offering professional services for business, government and non-profit organisations. In particular, their policy, programs & evaluations team works with government to support the design, implementation and review of key policies and programs.
KPMG offer two programs for graduates and students: their 12-month graduate program, available for final-year students and recent grads, and their 4-8 week summer vacation program, available for students in their penultimate year of study.
Both are fantastic opportunities for anyone interested in consulting or looking to build their skills at solving complex policy problems, such as those discussed at this event.

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