Magna Carta 2015: Democracy for Our Digital Future
Saturday 6th June 2015
Cambridge Union Society
9A Bridge Street, Cambridge
We invite you to join us for a free conference on democratic reform in the digital age.
The themes are:
- How to re-boot democracy and create a new constitutional framework
- How to defend and promote the public realm and government in the common interest
After you have registered, you will be provided with the full agenda of the conference, details of the speakers and practical information about the venue, transport links, local facilities and places to eat.
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About the conference
We are combining with Unlock Democracy, the national organisation for democratic change, to hold a major conference at the above date on the state of democracy in Britain.
800th anniversary celebrations of Magna Carta seem a self-congratulatory and complacent exercise; anathema to the critical and challenging spirit of a healthy democracy. This conference aims to combat this complacency. It will draw upon the key principles developed from Magna Carta about the rule of law and democratic governance. It will use these principles to evaluate the current state of democracy and human rights in the United Kingdom and it will offer standards of reform fit for the digital age.
As Cambridge is the UK’s “Silicon City” and a centre for leading practitioners and thinkers of digital advance, we believe it is an appropriate place to advance thinking on democracy into the digital future. We believe in the urgent need for both a constitutional convention on devolution and a constitution.
The conference will be accompanied by a written declaration from Unlock Democracy on the state of democracy in the United Kingdom which argues that we are in the midst of a political and structural crisis; that massive and growing inequality is destroying both our society and our economy.
The inspiration for this constitutional convention is a recent Icelandic experiment. This offered a redrafting of its constitution for inclusivity by combining conventional and digital participation. In 2013, Iceland came close to passing into law the world’s most inclusively and transparently written constitutional text, the ‘crowd-sourced constitution’.
Hope to see you on Saturday 6th June in Cambridge!