Transforming DemocracyXChange 2020 to a virtual gathering allows for new, creative ideas about how we offer programming and engagement opportunities for Summit participants. We will create a multi-platform experience that leverages technology while preserving the participatory nature and community culture of DemocracyXChange.

Join us at DemocracyXChange for our Summit and Festival with people practicing democracy from Canada and around the world to find new ways to learn, build power and reach across difference.


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Design and Discussion Sessions

We need your help to ensure DemocracyXChange reflects the questions and needs of our community. We will be hosting a series of Design and Discussion sessions featuring conversations with leading democracy thinkers and practitioners followed by participatory conversation inviting you into the DemocracyXChange design process.

Practicing Democracy: A Conversation with Professor Hahrie Han

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Practicing Democracy: A Conversation with Hahrie Han

Join the DemocracyXChange community for a conversation with theorist and practitioner Professor Hahrie Han, Inaugural Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Drawing from her extensive experience, Professor Han will discuss the role that civic associations, collective action and movement-building play in building power for social and political change. She will share her perspective and provide key takeaways about how to reimagine the practice of democracy.

Following Professor Han’s remarks, all participants will join breakout rooms with members of the DemocracyXChange Team for a facilitated conversation about how to collectively reimagine the DemocracyXChange Summit on a virtual platform.



Pre-DemocracyXChange Events

We are partnering with civic institutions and community organizations to host democracy related events in the lead-up to DemocracyXChange.

A Thousand Cuts: Co-Presented by Hot Docs and DemocracyXChange

A Thousand Cuts: Co-Presented by Hot Docs and DemocracyXChange

Saturday May 30th 2020
8:00pm EDT | Online

In reporting on Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s extrajudicial war on drugs, A Thousand Cuts documents Rappler news site co-founder, Time Person of the Year and former DemocracyXChange keynote, Maria Ressa‘s journey being sued by the government repeatedly, arrested twice and received hate messages threatening her safety.

Tune into a live conversation Maria Ressa and director Ramona Diaz, moderated by DemocracyXChange Co-Chair Ana Serrano about the role of journalists in democratic society, the weaponization of social media, political harassment and the importance of a free press to counter disinformation and “fake news.”


Coded Bias: Co-Presented by Hot Docs and DemocracyXChange

Coded Bias

Coded Bias: Co-Presented by Hot Docs and DemocracyXChange

Thursday June 7th 2020
7:00pm EDT | Online

As facial recognition technology becomes increasingly used in surveillance, questions need to be asked about who is creating and benefiting from it, and who is being harmed.

Join Coded Bias director Shalini Kantayya and data journalist Meredith Broussard, author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World, for a timely conversation about privacy, civil liberties and democracy under threat.


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