South Germany 2021

Regional Selection Conference South Germany 2021

Thu, 8 April 2021 – Sat, 10 April 2021



With the spread of facial recognition across the world, and in recognition of the abuses of this technology by several authoritarian countries, how should the EU regulate the use of facial recognition technology within its borders in line with its democratic ideals and human rights?


Following the increased use of eLearning technologies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how can educational institutions of Member States take advantage of the services to make education more interactive and accessible while also teaching students IT skills and safety?


Freedom to connect: Recent lockdowns have proven once more that the lives of European citizens heavily rely on internet connection. At the same time, lack of access to the internet, for geographical, economic, or social reasons, has proven to be a major cause of marginalisation and deprived people of fundamental human rights such as the right to education. Given the ongoing debates regarding internet access as a fundamental right, what stance should the EU take on the matter, and what steps should be taken to ensure that all citizens have access to a digital single market?


AI: Automation Insecurity? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is projected to eliminate 14% of jobs in OECD countries and fundamentally alter another 32%, thus forcing many workers to retrain for high-skilled nonroutine employment. How can the EU ensure the sustainable integration of AI in the workplace, while ensuring the mobility and long-term security of work?


E-Health: With the COVID pandemic exposing the ineffectiveness of healthcare systems across the Member States and creating a demand for contactless communication regardless of personal health needs, how can the EU utilise eHealth and telemedicine technologies to provide equal and effective access to healthcare to all its citizens while safeguarding patients' rights?


Fertility technology: As the possibilities for fertility treatment increase with technological development, what steps should the EU take to ensure a reasonable and equal access to fertility treatment?


Cyber Violence against Women: An estimated number of one in ten women have experienced a form of cyber violence since the age of 15. What common effort can the European Union take to safeguard the dignity and health of women online?


Who runs the World Wide Web? Girls! According to a 2018 study by the European Commission, the majority of students graduating within the European Union are women, but only 25% are studying in digital fields and only 13% are currently employed in the digital sector. Considering the rapid growth of this area, how can the EU promote gender equality in the new technologies sector?


All cards on the table: with the European Commission set to propose a vaccination card for EU citizens by 2022, immunological concerns are giving their place to data privacy ones, with a significant number of EU citizens being alarmed by the collection and utilisation of such data regarding their vaccination records. How can the EU ensure the safety and non-discrimination of its citizens ahead of the launch of its vaccination passports?


Social media and other digital platforms have been instrumental in the spread of extremism and polarisation. What measures should governments take in order to protect freedom of speech online while also effectively regulating the spread of hate speech and fake news?

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