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Announcing PdF Brussels, May 31st!

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 7 2012

This month, PDF is coming to Brussels!

In past years, we have covered many issues related to techpolitics within the EU institutions. So, for us, it just felt natural to organize a PDF event in Brussels, where most of these decisions are made.

The next European elections are less than two years away; the economic crisis has left many countries across the continent in a similar situation; unemployment is rising, political extremism is rising, digital media is the norm: is a European public sphere also being formed online?

We hope you will join us in furthering this conversation at PDF Brussels on May 31st.
The event will take place at the European Parliament - you can register here.

We will dig into the European public sphere, learn more about how the European institutions work and how citizens are starting to relate to that. How can they make their voices heard by their representatives?
Will we use the internet to its full potential and harness the European Public Square – Piazza Digitale.

Gathering various perspectives in this public debate, we’ll try and push its limit and see just how far the public can go, from communications and social media specialists in the European institutions, to MEPs, EU-based journalists to bloggers (are they doing the same job in Brussels?), the tech industry around politics and public engagement in Europe... and more!

 Confirmed speakers include :

  • Erika Mann, Head of Public Policy Facebook Europe, 
  • Eric Karstens, Media Expert European Journalism Centre 
  • Anne Christensen, Social Media Office at the European Commission, 
  • Stephen Clark, Head of the Social Media Team at the European Parliament, 
  • Alexandros Koronakis, Director of the New Europe Media Group, 
  • Georgios Papamstakos, Vice-President of the European Parliament 
  • Konstantinos Pappas, Press Attaché at the Greek Representation to the EU, 
  • Marietje Schaake, MEP, founder of the European Parliament Intergroup on New Media and Technology, Freedom of the Internet representative of the European Parliament 
  • Aurelie Valtat, Social Media Strategist at the European Council 
  • Ernest Sagaga, Human Rights and Information Officer, International Federation of Journalists

This launch event for Brussels will be curated by Alia Papageorgiou @eurocentrique.
Don't forget to register!
The hashtag for the event is #pdfbrussels

If you're there a day earlier, please also join us at 7pm at Google HQ where we will start this conversation with a cocktail and the screening of “Page One”, a documentary on how the New York Times newspaper transitioned to digital in 2008, not yet released in Europe. The event will be co-hosted by the International Federation of Journalists.

See you in Brussels!