FAIR TECH FUTURES & Digitaal Stembusakkoord
Politicians of all colors talk about technology and digital rights Programme in Dutch
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
This Programme is in Dutch. Read more about the programme in Dutch here
With a general election coming up on 22 November in the Netherlands, the IMPAKT Festival 2023 invites Dutch politicians to discuss the most urgent issues relating to our digital rights. Politicians are the ones who should be developing better legislation that forces online platforms to be more ethical. It is their job to make sure our data is protected and that tech corporations operate on our terms. And when it comes to the way governments themselves use digital technologies, our politicians should prioritise the interests of the people over efficiency. In this panel we invite politicians to state their position in clear terms and nail their colours to the mast. We ask them: “How are you going to ensure our digital future is fair and inclusive?”
Fair Tech Futures
Participants: Lisa van Ginneken (D66), Marieke Koekkoek (Volt), Renske Leijten (SP) Hawre Rahimi (VVD) and Jesse Six Dijkstra (NSC).
Moderated by: Hasna El Maroudi
Renske Leijten (former MP for the Socialist Party, SP) played an important role in bringing the Dutch childcare benefits scandal to the fore. She believes the Dutch government has gone too far in allowing the use of algorithms and favours an at least temporary halt. But is this realistic? MP for the D66 party Lisa van Ginneken has a background in IT and was the first transgender member of the Dutch parliament. Her party is regarded as generally tech-positive. But has the Dutch government been too benevolent towards large technology companies? Shouldn’t we be more firm in setting conditions for the way they operate? Hawre Rahimi fled from Iran to the Netherlands with his parents as a child. He is an entrepreneur and MP for the conservative-liberal VVD. What does he think about the influence of social media on the public debate and the interference of foreign powers? Marieke Koekkoek is an MP for Volt, perhaps the most pro-European party in the Dutch parliament. Where does she stand on the role of the EU when it comes to guaranteeing our European rights?
A coalition of six Dutch civil society organisations will present a ballot box agreement on Digital Affairs aimed at protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law online. Politicians from various parties will sign it.
With: Sander van der Waal (Waag), Evelyn Austin (Bits of Freedom), Tim Vos-Goedhart (Open State Foundation), Marco Sluijter (Amnesty International), Jelle van der Ster (SETUP) and Geert-Jan Bogaerts (Public Spaces).
What else is on Saturday?
Check the timetable to visit more programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition Our Terms, Our Conditions at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Fotodok/Casco.
Lisa van Ginneken― Speaker
Lisa van Ginneken is a lateral entry into politics. The Brabant native was already a freelance game developer at the age of 15, and then studied and worked in IT for another 15 years. She has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2021, as the first transgender Member of Parliament ever. She fights for equal opportunities for transgender people and other groups that face the odds. As a Member of Parliament, she is also committed to cyclists, good public transport and good accessibility throughout the Netherlands.
Marieke Koekkoek― Speaker
Marieke Koekkoek is a Member of the Dutch Parliament, the ‘Tweede Kamer’ since 31 March 2021. “Politics is what you pass on to the next generation, and especially what you do not give on. I want to pass on better protection of our fundamental rights and to stop all forms of exclusion!” Marieke is 34 years old and grew up in Amsterdam-Southeast. Through travelling, studying and working she lived in Utrecht, Barcelona, Leuven en Shenzen (China). Now she lives in Utrecht Leidsche Rijn with her husband and three young kids. Convinced that everyone should be safe to be themselves, she studied Law. “We often forget – because of convenience, habit or prejudice – that protection of fundamental rights and inclusion in the law does not mean anything if we are not constantly vigilant of forms of exclusion.” She specialised in International Trade Law and Economics. In 2018 Marieke joined the European Party Volt, for which she was elected as a Member of Parliament in March 2021. There she advocates for inclusivity, the protection of fundamental rights like privacy, making sure the digital revolution does not exclude anyone, a humane asylum- and migration system and public policy that is accessible to everyone.
Renske Leijten― Speaker
Renske Leijten is a Dutch former politician who played an important role in uncovering the Dutch childcare benefits scandal. She was a member of the House of Representatives for the Socialist Party (SP) from 2006 to 2023. She has been the chairwoman of the SP’s youth organisation ROOD and was part of several standing committees within the Dutch government. From 2021 to 2023, she was the chairwoman of the committee for Digital Affairs, which focuses on creating oversight and legislation on themes about, among others, digital citizenship, ethics and civil rights.
Hawre Rahimi― Speaker
Hawre Rahimi wants to work on a better Netherlands by creating opportunities for every child and every man and woman who needs them. This starts at home and at school and later during one's career and in society. Every Dutch person should be able to participate and contribute to our beautiful country.
Hasna El Maroudi― Moderator
Hasna El Maroudi is a journalist, columnist, program maker and chairman. Her work has appeared in NRC Handelsblad, de Volkskrant, Trouw, Elle Magazine and Vogue, among others. She is also co-founder of the feminist platform Lilith Magazine. Photo by Wai Seu Chan