Keynote speakers

Markus Brill

Markus Brill is Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Warwick. Before that, he was Emmy Noether fellow and Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Berlin, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford (UK), and at Duke University (USA). He obtained a PhD in computer science from TU Munich in 2012.
In his work he has studied how results from (computational) social choice can be applied to ideas from digital democracy, such as proxy voting in liquid democracy and ranking initiatives in online platforms for deliberation.

Corinne Cath

Corinne Cath is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delft and a Research Affiliate at the University of Cambridge. She is an anthropologist who studies internet governance, cultures, infrastructure politics, and cloud computing drawing from anthropological methods and cultural theory. Her other research interests include space governance and artificial intelligence. Some of her recent work considers the role of cloud computing in the political economy of generative AI, the dangers of the datafied welfare state, bias and discrimination in AI, and reimagining public-private governance of internet infrastructures.

Fabrizio Gilardi

Fabrizio Gilardi is Professor of Policy Analysis in the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. His research agenda focuses on the implications of digital technology for politics and democracy, which he studies particularly in the context of the ERC Advanced Grant "Problem Definition in the Digital Democracy" (PRODIGI, 2021-2025). His work has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. His latest book is "Digital Technology, Politics, and Policy-Making" (Cambridge University Press, Elements in Public Policy Series).

Carolina Plescia

Carolina Plescia is an Associate
Professor for Digital Democracy at the University of Vienna. Her research examines the conditions under which voters hold elected officials accountable, and voters’ (dis-)satisfaction with electoral institutions. In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund, she studies how citizens respond to the compromises parties need to make to form governments and pass legislation in parliaments. In 2021, she started the ERC Starting Grant DeVOTE that aims to develop and apply a new interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approach to study what ‘voting’ means for citizens in both established democracies and electoral autocracies. 


Simon Strohmenger

Simon Strohmenger has been working for Mehr Demokratie for five years.
He is responsible for the distribution of the participation platform Consul in the German speaking market. In this role, he informs interested municipalities about the possibilities of digital participation.
He also helps with the implementation
of Consul and the communication and public relations strategy.