European Commission – Speech – [Check Against Delivery]
Commissioner Jourová press speaking points on democracy at the digital age – 2018
Lisbon Web Summit , Lisbon, 6 November 2018
For too long we have seen big tech business as purely good or neutral, that cannot be held responsible for any consequences it may cause.
“ But the question is not whether tech is good or bad for our democracy. We do not have a binary choice in front of us because the answer is that it is both at the same time. We are stepping up our efforts to make sure that tech operates in the interest of democracy and to strengthen the resilience of our democratic systems…I have heard about the idea of creating a Hippocratic Oath for tech designers. The first rule will be: Do no harm and put well-being of people first. I like that idea. “