Amsterdam, 11 November 2020 - Recently, cabaret artist Arjen Lubach called on the social media giants to take action with regard to 'the mythical trap'. Is democratic decision-making burdened by streams of fake news, alternative facts and other post-truth perils? If so, who will fix it? In the midst of a pandemic, and with national elections looming, much is at stake. Together with the Council for Public Administration, we assess in De Balie the state of truth-finding and democracy in the digitized public sphere. In a triptych, we take a critical look at the influence of digitization on our democracy.
Here you can read more about platforms, the mega-sized companies that offer a marketplace for a specific market. By bringing together supply and demand, they create added value for both parties. Examples are Amazon for e-commerce, Airbnb for overnight stays, Facebook for user generated content, booking.com for hotels, Uber for taxis. By facilitating mutual interaction and offering relevant filters, platforms are able to improve the market. Because there is often a monopoly position and disruption, there is also a lot of negative publicity around platforms.