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When We Outsource Critical Thinking from AI, Will We Stop Being Human?
24 May 2023 - Meelika Hirmo
“I think, therefore I am”. A famous quote from the philosopher Rene Descartes summarising how he defined the key essence of being human. With the rapid development of AI and considering how the human brain is renowned for being “lazy”, are we poised to delegate the most essential part of being a human - thinking? What exactly does it mean if we no longer take time for thinking and learning and all the answers can be provided within seconds?
What to Believe When They Don't Want Us to Believe In Anything?
23 May 2023 - Meelika Hirmo
On one sunny morning, in our Tallinn office, located in the hub of startups, restaurants and NGOs, we welcome Pablo Veyrat, a former journalist and current lecturer of Sociology and Social Pedagogy. We have invited him for the first “Coffee Morning” session, where an expert joins us (well you guessed it!) for coffee, treats and critical discussions. On this occasion, it's the topic of AI and if it will lead us to the point where we cease to be what makes us human.
Ready for the Fifth Industrial Revolution? Our New Developer Sure Is!
21 April 2023 - Meelika Hirmo
We've got some new talent in our team! Meet Osama, Mohammad, our “humble developer” as he calls himself. We spoke with Osama about technology, democracy and his journey all the way from the big city of Islamabad, Pakistan, to Tallinn, Estonia, where the entire population of the country is about the same as in his home city.
Activists from 12 Countries Meet in Rural Estonia to Learn About Digital Participation
28 March 2023 - Meelika Hirmo
Today, an international 10-day Bootcamp started — bringing together civil society leaders from 12 countries. During the Bootcamp, participants will learn about Estonia's e-democracy and civil society development, as well as exchange ideas and practices in order to support the development of their local democracies.
If You Can't Dance, Is It Your Revolution? Meet Our New Communications Lead
6 March 2023 - Oksana Naidjonova
We caught up with our newest recruit, Meelika Hirmo, to find out what makes her tick. Or dance, rather? She shares her personal story of growing up during the Singing Revolution and why she joined Citizen OS. We also talk about books and how cooperation could change our democracies.
How to Encourage Better Political Discussions During Elections
16 February 2023 - Oksana Naidjonova
Friends of Citizen OS in Estonia, the Estonian Debating Society and Praxis Centre for Policy Studies, have launched a “Smart Voter” campaign in Estonia. The project encourages citizens to make well-considered decisions and aims to raise voters’ political awareness before and during the Estonian Parliamentary elections.
Where is participation heading and how can each of us change it?
20 December 2019 - Questions by Gertha Teidla-Kunitsõn, written answers by Margo Loor.
Gertha Teidla-Kunitsõn from the Estonian Youth Work Center asked our CEO about the status of participation in society today and where is participation heading in the future.
Is the time of representative democracy over - Estonia without a parliament?
13 November 2019 - Margo Loor
Political events across the democratic world have created a ghost – the ghost of direct democracy. Populist movements everywhere demand that the people’s voice be heard more, mostly in the form of Swiss-style referendums.