Roundtable Forum on Digital Governance Successfully Concluded
(2022-09-24 15:09:58)

On September 14th, 2022, the roundtable forum “digital governance” was successfully held at Renmin University of China. Professor Liu Yongmou from School of Philosophy, Professor Ma Liang from School of Public Administration and Policy, and Professor Li Shi from School of International Studies attended the forum.



Professor Li Shi delivered a keynote speech themed at “Strengths and Potential Problems of Digital Governance”. He pointed out that the application of digital technology has brought profound changes to people’s life, but it now displays a mixed picture. Prof. Li holds that on the one hand, digital governance could improve the efficiency of public governance, enhance transparency in power supervision and mitigate social discrimination, but on the other hand, it may cause data leak and thus privacy infringement. It can also aggravate social injustice and discrimination that already exist because of digital divide, information cocoons, and algorithm discrimination. Finally, Prof. Li stressed that facing both opportunities and challenges, we should design a better mechanism that will strike a balance between data freedom and personal freedom.

Professor Liu Yongmou delivered his speech surrounding “digital governance, pseudo-digital governance, and quasi-digital governance”. Under the background of wide application of technology, Prof. Liu proposed the question “Will the application of data ensure a scientific governance?” He believes that the so-called expert governance or data-assisted governance may fall victim to personal interests of a small group, which runs counter to the original purpose of digital governance that cares about the public interest. Therefore, this “pseudo-digital governance” in modern society will bring about segmentary perception, or even abuse of new technologies. At last, prof. Liu emphasized that we need to follow the “humility of science” when dealing with “pseudo-digital governance” among other similar problems.

Professor Ma Liang gave a keynote speech on “Will a digital government bring a fairer society?” He noted that to build a digital government that performs its duty digitally is the current goal. Then Prof. Ma listed some strengths and weaknesses of digital governance. He also proposed several paths to build “digital inclusiveness”, namely pushing forward the supply-side structural reform, improving customers’ capacity to use technology, and maintaining the offline service during the digital transition period. Finally, Prof. Ma suggested that the government should take social equality into consideration when building a digital government.

In the Q&A session, professors exchanged views with the audience, fleshing out their keynote speeches through discussion and explanation about details.

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