World Forum for Democracy Call for Initiatives

The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, opinion-makers, civil society activists, representatives of business, social innovators, academia, and media to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide and encourage democratic innovation. The 2019 edition, taking place on 7-8 November, will focus on information and democracy.
In particular, the forum will explore to what extent the information we consume today is reliable, and what lessons we can and should learn for ensuring the free flow of reliable information in the future.

The labs are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy. Their idea is to address specific issues through the critical analysis of tested initiatives.
The labs will allow participants to learn about ground-breaking initiatives that offer responses to the key questions above based on an analysis of their real impact and replicability.
The initiatives must help understand how democracy and democratic institutions and practices can help combat disinformation and fake news, and how can artificial intelligence and new technologies become an enabler of democracy.  

The initiatives should be presented in short speeches of ten minutes and critically assessed by multidisciplinary panels and participants in the labs.

Interested organisations worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an initiative aimed at changing the way people receive and process information.
These initiatives should be able to share evidence about efforts that have led to the creation of best practices and new approaches to countering disinformation, while offering a sustainable and ethical solution.

Examples of possible initiatives and their challenges (non-exhaustive):

  • Freedom of expression and quality journalism
  • Investigative journalism
  • Initiatives to fight disinformation with innovative methodology
  • Fostering cooperation between organization and initiatives working on the issues of information and democracy
  • Social media and Hate Speech
  • Protection and safety of journalists
  • Women journalists and discrimination/harassment online
  • Social media and fake news
  • Ethical standards and good governance on media
  • Artificial intelligence as a weapon against disinformation
  • Empowerment and support of local journalism
  • Media and ethical journalism
  • Digital literacy: education against disinformation
  • Media and artificial intelligence
  • Education, training and awareness-raising on the use of social media and new technologies

Submissions should be made by answering the questionnaire and sending it to by 24 May 2019.

The World Forum Task Force will select the most interesting and relevant proposals in June 2019.


Find out more here.