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Open Internet and Open Democracy at PDF Poland-CEE 2014

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, March 3 2014

PDF Poland-CEE will take place in Warsaw next March 13-14

From March 13 to 14, activists, public servants, technologists, political scientists and journalists will gather in Warsaw, Poland to discuss and exchange views on the future of Central and Eastern Europe at Personal Democracy Forum Poland-CEE.

The two-day event will be hosted at the Copernicus Science Centre, an interactive science museum that is one of the most advanced and largest of its kind in Europe.

The second edition of PDF Poland-CEE (see here for the program) will delve into the question of how civic participation will evolve in the region. A number of key players will discuss how NGOs, governments and citizens can collaborate through the use of technology and innovation. And after the recent uprisings in Ukraine, there is an even greater urgency in addressing these issues.

Consequently, there will be a special focus on Ukraine, featuring civic activist and journalist Svitlana Zalishchuk and Roman Udot, co-chairman of the Golos movement, an organization with extensive experience in the field of civic election monitoring. They will be joined by the founders of Yanukovych Leaks, an open archive of secret files belonging to the former Ukrainian president.

Citizen engagement will also be in the spotlight: how do we strengthen civic movements and give them long-term sustainability? How do we use open government and data to improve transparency? These issues will be explored through case studies and civic projects from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as from the Balkans and South Caucasus.

Our own Micah Sifry will discuss how the game has changed in privacy and surveillance with former Wikileaks spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg and lawyer and activist Katarzyna Szymielewicz of the Panoptykon Foundation.

After the conference, there will be a chance to get hands-on at a 2-day hackathon organized by our partner ePF.

Join us in this conversation on democracy and civic participation...and don’t forget to register!