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Abstract Submission Deadline 31 October 2022
Manuscript Submission Deadline 31 December 2022

The digital age, featuring the virtual dimension made available by the Internet, significantly impacts democracy, dealing with electoral systems, political representations, and citizens’ participation. The technological revolution has scaled up and sped up the pace of transformation in political organization, participation, information, and engagement, and social networks have weakened the role of the structures which traditionally served as intermediaries.

Democracy represents the tension between individuals and society, institutions and organizations, rights and duties, especially in critical situations like the pandemic we are experiencing. Digital evolution is supposed to support the Sustainable Development Goals, for a realistic and sustainable development of human rights.

The Internet and the development of artificial intelligence caused a transformation of the centennial democratic processes. When exploited for political purposes digital tools affect the functioning of institutions that are created to evolve at human speed and not at the exponential pace and massive scale of digital technologies.

In the effort to gain a better understanding of how democracy can be strengthened in this era of rapid technological changes, this Research Topic looks for high-quality contributions in (but not limited to) the following areas:
- How can technology be positively deployed to underpin political institutions?
- How can equitable access to technology be ensured?
- How can digital technology encourage greater engagement in civil society?
- How should eGovernment systems be designed and built to be compliant with democratic principles?
- Can well-designed digital tools enhance liberal values and build up civic participation?
- What should possible organizational and procedural oversight and accountability measures be?

In particular, we invite contributions to the theory and interdisciplinary foundations as well as practical implementation for the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in this domain. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- Institutions, Coordination, Organisations, and Norms
- Social Choice, Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Game Theory
- Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, and Planning
- Learning and Adaptation
- Modelling and Simulation of Societies
- Humans and AI / Human-Agent Interaction
- Engineering Multiagent Systems
- Robotics

The Research Topic aims at providing a forum for scholars, engineers, and practitioners to present new academic research and industrial development on digital and democracy. We welcome the submission of research papers and abstracts which describe original work that has not been submitted or is currently under review, has not been previously published nor accepted for publication elsewhere, in any other journal or conference. The Research Topic aims at original research papers in the field, covering new theories and algorithms, as well as new implementations and applications incorporating state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. Review articles and works on performance evaluation and benchmark datasets are also solicited.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Technology, Democracy, eGovernance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The digital age, featuring the virtual dimension made available by the Internet, significantly impacts democracy, dealing with electoral systems, political representations, and citizens’ participation. The technological revolution has scaled up and sped up the pace of transformation in political organization, participation, information, and engagement, and social networks have weakened the role of the structures which traditionally served as intermediaries.

Democracy represents the tension between individuals and society, institutions and organizations, rights and duties, especially in critical situations like the pandemic we are experiencing. Digital evolution is supposed to support the Sustainable Development Goals, for a realistic and sustainable development of human rights.

The Internet and the development of artificial intelligence caused a transformation of the centennial democratic processes. When exploited for political purposes digital tools affect the functioning of institutions that are created to evolve at human speed and not at the exponential pace and massive scale of digital technologies.

In the effort to gain a better understanding of how democracy can be strengthened in this era of rapid technological changes, this Research Topic looks for high-quality contributions in (but not limited to) the following areas:
- How can technology be positively deployed to underpin political institutions?
- How can equitable access to technology be ensured?
- How can digital technology encourage greater engagement in civil society?
- How should eGovernment systems be designed and built to be compliant with democratic principles?
- Can well-designed digital tools enhance liberal values and build up civic participation?
- What should possible organizational and procedural oversight and accountability measures be?

In particular, we invite contributions to the theory and interdisciplinary foundations as well as practical implementation for the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in this domain. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- Institutions, Coordination, Organisations, and Norms
- Social Choice, Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Game Theory
- Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, and Planning
- Learning and Adaptation
- Modelling and Simulation of Societies
- Humans and AI / Human-Agent Interaction
- Engineering Multiagent Systems
- Robotics

The Research Topic aims at providing a forum for scholars, engineers, and practitioners to present new academic research and industrial development on digital and democracy. We welcome the submission of research papers and abstracts which describe original work that has not been submitted or is currently under review, has not been previously published nor accepted for publication elsewhere, in any other journal or conference. The Research Topic aims at original research papers in the field, covering new theories and algorithms, as well as new implementations and applications incorporating state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. Review articles and works on performance evaluation and benchmark datasets are also solicited.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Technology, Democracy, eGovernance


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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