Disrupting Democracy

The global political environment is constantly evolving, and it is clear that technology is accelerating that process, for better and, in some cases, for worse. Disrupting Democracy attempts to sort through these changes to give policymakers and citizens information that will help them navigate this increasingly volatile world.

Beginning January 2017, the Bertelsmann Foundation embarked on a journey to explore how digital innovation impacts democracies and societies around the world.

In the first volume, we focused on key challenges that have emerged as a result of technological disruption from the rival capitals of Washington and Havana, the bustling streets of New Delhi, the dynamic tech startups in Tel Aviv, and the efficient order of Berlin. Drawing from these instructive cases, Disrupting Democracy offers lessons to other nations situated at various points along the technological and democratic spectra.

In 2018, we turned our attention to elections. From the rise of Five Star and Lega in Italy to U.S. Democrats’ success winning the U.S. House of Representatives, and from to Morena and Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico to a cultural and linguistic divide in Latvia, Disrupting Democracy Vol. II: Election Series recorded how technology was put to work to make a difference at the ballot box.

Click on the images below to read the individual chapters.

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For each of these volumes, original polling data was gathered to measure the demographics and technology access and use in each of our case studies. 

Click below for the polling data from Disrupting Democracy and Disrupting Democracy Vol. II: Election Series.

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Anthony T. Silberfeld
Director, Transatlantic Relations