Digitalized Democracy – A Post Covid-19 Perspective?

Covid-19 pushed technological developments of constitutional bodies forward. The core of democratic deliberation and decision-making had been affected as some countries started to digitalise parliaments.
While different advantages of virtual parliaments can be identified, the disadvantages of digitalisation also have to be taken into account. The disembodiment of the parliamentary discourse has effects on the parliamentary culture of discussion, creating another understanding of collective decision-making and a dependence on IT solutions and IT security.
Digitalization creates potentials and risks for societies as well as for constitutional orders. By weighing strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, technological adaptations of constitutional cultures could be made possible. The option to resist technological developments must, however, be a part of constitutional resilience to prevent problematic developments, which could threaten the foundation of liberal democracy.