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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 questions. Read More

One Theory on How the Russian Government Will Censor Citizens Online

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, July 17 2012

In a strongly-worded analysis for Open Democracy, Russian security expert and investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov explains that the Russian government, wanting to prevent the type of online political activism that fired the Arab Spring, wants to take control of Russia's social networks — and how a bill freshly passed in the Russian legislature, the Duma, fits in. Read More