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What is Personal Democracy Forum (PDF)?
Personal Democracy Forum is an annual conference on how technology is changing politics, government and civic life that started in America in 2004, and which first took place in Poland in 2013. Since then, PDF POLAND CEE has become the biggest European event devoted to technology, democracy and civic engagement gathering members of NGOs, activists, public administration officers and journalists from more than 20 countries. People from Poland, Central, Eastern and North-Western Europe and South Caucasus meet here, share their experiences and connect with experts and practitioners from all over the world. This year’s theme “My Country: Open, Digital, Civic” reflects our interest in exploring how the countries of this diverse region are entering the digital age, with a focus on the ways they are striving to become more open and to deliver improvements in civic life. In 2015 we will be joined by specialists from countries such as Argentina, Kenya and The USA. We are committed to allowing international society to share its experiences with one another and with people from the world that are represented in bigger numbers every year at PDF.
Day 1 – Conference Day
On PDF’S first day, about 30 speakers will make appearances, focusing on different thematic sections. Our invited experts and leaders will speak about social matters, media and the public debate, NGOs and public administration. We will learn from the experiences from people of Poland, USA, Argentina, Estonia, Ukraine and many other countries. Confirmed speakers include: Maria Baron from Directorio Legislativo, Rufus Pollock, founder of Open Knowledge, Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć from Citizen’s Network Watchdog and many more.
Day 2 – Community Day
This year, the second day of PDF will be 100% community-organised, focused on the same overarching theme of “My Country: Open, Digital, Civic.” We encourage all NGOs, public institutions, citizens, journalists and the media to apply with their own ideas for Community Day sessions. These can be individual talks, demos, group presentations, panels or open sessions. It’s a very important day since building a community is PDF’s most important goal and we want the ideas the participants are working on to reach as many people as possible. A total of 18 sessions will be held, each one lasting 50 minutes. The sessions will be divided into 6 blocks with 3 parallel sessions in each block.
Topics will include:
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Due to the change of format and the presence of notable guests, we have decided to introduce a modest confirmation fee for the Day 1 events. This is because of the limited capacity of the meeting halls and our everlasting desire to welcome everybody who want to join. Payments in Polish currency are managed by Evenea while participants from abroad may register via Eventbrite.
10:00 Opening of the event: Jakub Górnicki, ePaństwo Foundation
Andrew Rasiej, Civic Hall, Personal Demoracy Media, USA
10:15 Olaf Osica, Centre for Eastern Studies, Poland
10:30 Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge, UK
10:45 Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć, Citizens Network Watchdog, Poland
11:00 Zuzana Wienk, Fair Play Alliance, Slovakia
11:15 Darko Brkan, Zasto Ne, Bosnia & Hercegovina
Denis Gursky, Social Boost Ukraine
Paulina Sobieszuk, TechSoup Europe, Poland
Nataliya Zubar, Maydan Information Centre, Ukraine
Bardhyl Jashari, Metamorphosis, Macedonia
Dusan Jordovic, CRTA, Serbia
Blerta Tuci, Albanian Institute of Science AIS
Tata Peklun, AntiCorruption Action Centre, Ukraine
Asya Suvorova, RosOtvet.ru, Russia
Krzysztof Jakubowski, Fundacja Wolności, Poland
Dmitry Savelau, change.org, Europe/Belarus
Space for getting to know other participants & organisations.
Room A, EN: Open Data Hackathon – How & Why?, By: TechSoup Europe, Anna Kuliberda.
Room B, EN: xxck the survaillence state! By: Panoptykon, Kamil Śliwkowski, Katarzyna Szymielewicz
Room C, PL: Open Cities. By: Fundacja ePaństwo, Magdalena Siwanowicz
Room A, EN: Meydan TV: A unique model for sustainable independent journalism, By: Meydan TV, Celia Davies, Emin Milli
Room B, EN: Digital Whistleblowing and Public Spending, By: Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, Mara Mendes
Room C, PL: Transparency supports each authority. Slogan or fact? By: Sieć Obywatelska Watchdog, Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć & Adam Dobrawy
Room A, EN: Legislative Openness and Civil Society – Parliamentary Collaboration, By: National Democratic Institute, Zuzana Papazoski
Room B, EN: Copynice – in search for sane, just and fair copyright, Prowadzenie: Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska, Jarosław Lipszyc
Room C, PL: mojepanstwo.pl, By: ePaństwo Foundation, Daniel Macyszyn
Room A, EN: Poplus and OpenPoliticians, By: MySociety, Dave Whiteland
Room B, EN: Open Education Movement as succesful Digital Civic Action, By: Coalition of Open Education & Digital Center, Alek Tarkowski
Room C, PL: Multi-issue, grassroots-led, political mobilisation in Poland. Will it succeed? By: Akcja Demokracja, Piotr Trzaskowski & Weronika Paszewska
Room A, EN: Open Institutions Standards From Civil Society Perspective, By: Center for Democratic Transition ACTION SEE regional network, Ivana Drakić.
Room B, EN: Finance Dot City, By: Fenomen Foundation, Katarzyna Mikołajczyk
Room C, PL: How to communicate the effects of your own activities – how to present the value that your organisation gives to society? By: Monika Łagodzinska, Fundacja Peritia
Room A, EN: How to vote smart? By: MamPrawoWiedziec.pl, Maja Rzeplińska
Room B, EN: Stories are what matter: using data for understanding and impact. By: JumpStart, Eric Barrett
Room C, EN: Apps for Warsaw: Opening Cities and Engaging Citizens. How we did it? By: TechSoup Europe, Anna Sienicka
For the second time Personal Democracy Forum takes place in Copernicus Science Centre, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20.
GPS: N 52° 14’ 30.6”, E 21° 1’ 43.1”
You can get to Copernicus Science Centre with the following buses:
105, 118, 127 – Biblioteka Uniwersytecka bus stop
185 – Pomnik Syreny bus stop (in the tunnel)
102, 162 – Pomnik Syreny bus stop (on demand)
Commuters travelling by subway, can change for bus 127 at Centrum station.
You can also reach Copernicus by taking bus 127 directly from Central Railway Station.
Single adult ticket costs PLN 4.40, reduced costs PLN 2.20.
Event coordination – Karolina Wysocka
Hotels and logistics – Urszula Herbich
For press and media – Anna Górnicka
María Baron is the Executive Director at Directorio Legislativo Foundation from Argentina. She won the NDI Democracy Award “civic innovator prize”. Maria is a journalist and she has worked in numerous organizations that promote civil society in Argentina and in organizations abroad that work to reduce corruption and enforce ethical behavior in public officials. A Fulbright-APSA Congressional Fellow, she has published six editions of Directorio Legislativo: Who are our legislators and how they represent us, in addition to numerous other publications about the legislative power in general.
Zuzana Wienk is a program director of Fair-Play Alliance, a leading Slovak
watchdog NGO. Fair-Play Alliance uses techniques like investigative analytical journalism to disclose cases of illicit practices in politics and state administration. It is also known for using modern IT tools to increase transparency, and has received international prizes for its web projects. Before founding Fair-Play Alliance, she worked as a reporter and columnist and served as a member of Slovak self-regulatory body for ethics in print media. She is among the most quoted Slovak political analysts and has been listed among New Europe 100 - list of outstanding challengers leading world class innovation from Central and Eastern Europe.
John Wonderlich is the Policy Director for the Sunlight Foundation and one of the nation's foremost advocates for open government. John spearheads Sunlight's goal of changing the government by opening up key data sources and information to make government more accountable to citizens. He is one of the foremost authorities on transparency policy, from legislation and accountability in Congress to ethics and information policy in the executive branch. John has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and has testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News and C-SPAN, and his expertise has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media outlets.
Dr Rufus Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and turn it into insight and change. Rufus is currently an adviser on open data to several governments. He has worked extensively as a scholar, activist and technologist on the social, legal and technical challenges around the creation and sharing of knowledge.
Nataliya Zubar is a social network architect working with both online and offline networks
for decades. Based in second largest city of Ukraine Kharkiv, which is
located in North-East 40 km off border with Russian Federation. Leader
of an international NGO “Maidan Monitoring Information Center”
originally created to break through the Ukrainian state informational
blockade of civic protests in 2000, which currently focuses on
monitoring of political rights especially freedom of information
during the infowar; civic education, civic dialogue and peacebuilding.
Has background in physics, journalism, publishing, software
Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć is a Program Director of the Citizens Network Watchdog. She is proud to had started building of a grass-root social movement aiming at transparency of governments and accountability of decision-makers that brought major change in Poland. In her work she focuses on developing on-line tools to get people engaged and to educate themselves in civic oversight. Currently her organization works with more than 300 activists, bloggers, journalists, organizations and groups all over Poland. It also advocates for better legal solutions concerning openness of governance, monitors legislative process, litigates, takes part in the public debate and provides above 1000 legal consultations annually for those who want to shape Polish democracy. For this vision and bottom-up strategy Katarzyna was named a social innovator by the Ashoka – Innovators for the Public and awarded a Knight's Cross of Order of the Rebirth of Poland.
Siim Sikkut is helping the Estonian Prime Minister and government shape the future of digital society, e-governance and ICT sector in Estonia; he coordinates the planning and execution of ICT policy across government. He is one of the founders of Estonian e-Residency program.
Denis Gursky - Digital Communications and Civic Engagement Expert. Denis works on complex strategies for government and commercial sector. Founder of SocialBoost NGO which improves a set of innovative instruments incl. Open Data, that improves civic engagement and makes government more digitalized — thus accountable, transparent and open.
Konrad Kruczkowski - author of haloziemia.pl blog which won numerous awards (Blog of the Year 2013, Bloggers' Blog, Blog of the Year in Journalistic writing, politics and society category). A contributor at Onet.pl and 'W Drodze' magazine. In his work he stresses various subjects: fatherhood's roles and model, exclusion; he also draws a attention to NGOs. A friend and ambassador of Stowarzyszenie WIOSNA. Until recent, working in advertising business, now focusing exclusively on journalistic writing and media.
Emin Milli is executive director of Meydan TV, independent media platform for Azerbaijan. He was imprisoned in 2009 for two and a half years for his critical views about the government. He was conditionally released in November 2010, after serving 16 months of his sentence, in part due to strong international pressure on the government of Azerbaijan.
Paulina Sobieszuk is a coordinator of the project "Data by Warsaw" at TechSoup Foundation. She works with NGOs as an animator, trainer and coordinator of social, educational and cultural projects. She is interested in activities that combine social and technological aspects. Enthusiast of Warsaw, walking trips and jazz dancing.
Inga Springe is an award winning investigative journalist, broadcaster and is one of the two founders of Re:Baltica. She started her career in 1998 in Latvian Television, and later moved on to work as investigative journalist in the leading Latvian daily Diena. She specialised in uncovering the cases of corruption, smuggling and links to the organised crime. In 2010/2011, Spriņģe became Fulbright/Humphrey scholar and spent a year in University of Maryland. Working as intern in the Washington Post and one of the biggest US non-profit investigative journalism organisation, The Center for Public Integrity. After return to Latvia she established Re:Baltica and almost single handedly introduced topic of the social inequality in the Latvian politics and public discourse. She won the Best Investigative Journalism award from the Latvian Journalism Association for this work. In 2014 Springe was named as one of the "outstanding challengers from Central and Eastern Europe" in the project NewEurope 100 supported by Google and Financial Times. She also hosts weekly TV show 1to1 in Latvian Public Television. Spriņģe is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Darko Brkan is founding president of Zašto ne (Why Not), a Sarajevo-based nongovernmental organization that promotes civic activism, government accountability, and the use of digital media and new technologies in deepening democracy in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is one of BiH's leading organizations in these fields. In addition, he is a founding member of Dosta! (Enough!), one of Bosnia’s most prominent citizens’ movements for social justice and government accountability. Darko Brkan began his career in civic activism more than ten years ago as a coordinator of the Campaign for Conscientious Objection to Military Service in BiH. Darko did a fellowship as a Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he was exploring how information technologies, online tools, and new media can be used to promote democracy and how Open Government Data could be used in the Balkans region.
He has won several awards in the field of innovation and new technology. Apart from that, he is a board member of the US Alumni Association in BiH, a member of the political council of ACIPS, and a board member of "Ekipa", a foundation promoting independent, socially-engaged culture. He is also a 2008 Alumni of the Council of Europe's Academy of Political Excellence, a 2010 Alumni of the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict, and a 2009 Alumni of the United States Government International Visitors Leadership Program.
Dušan Jordović from CRTA Serbia deals with accountability for public spoken word since 2009. Together with group of journalists and activists he developed Truth-o-meter in Serbia, and started to fight for the society of responsible citizens and open and accountable government.
Dušan was occupied with politics since nineties. As a trainer of political skills he is participating in realisation of many seminars with politicians, state institution representatives and NGO’s.
Dušan is Development Manager in CRTA.
Andrew Rasiej is a professional doer, futurist, social entrepreneur, and co-founder of Civic Hall & Personal Democracy Media, which produces Personal Democracy Forum and other events about how the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society is empowering new levels of citizen engagement. Andrew lives and works in New York City.
Mayor of Starachowice city. He has been creating and engaging in positive changes in his local community for several years. Founder and chairman of the Association Project: Starachowice. Co-founder of the Local Youth Council of Starachowice. Since 2009, he worked for the Member of the European Parliament Roza Thun, as director of offices in the świętokrzyskie region and in parallel was active in his family business bringing new investments in the region. He initiated the process of participatory budgeting, establishment of the Council of Seniors and the Centre for Non-Governmental Organizations. From 9 December 2014 he serves as the Mayor of Starachowice.
Director of the Russia-focused project “Teplitsa of Social Technologies.” Alex is an expert on the Russian internet and an experienced web developer. His knowledge of the Russian new media and politics field includes web development, data analysis, regional political analysis, freedom of online speech issues, reporting, and editing. In 2009-2012, Dr. Sidorenko has been a reporter and an editor of the “RuNet Echo” project at Global Voices Online, where he researched and analyzed developments in the Russian internet sphere including ie. freedom of speech, information security and cyber warfare. Alex has also contributed to reports of Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders. In 2010, he served as the web developer behind the “Help Map” project, an award-winning crowdsourcing initiative to help the victims of the summer wildfires. Speaks Polish, English and Russian.
Online Media Editor in the Team 29 (previously, Freedom of Information Foundation). Before joining the third sector, worked as media editor in a medical university. Joined the Freedom of Information Foundation in 2012. Took part in development of online resources Imeem Pravo Znat' (We Have the Right to Know) - http://pravo2info.ru/, a website teaching the citizens how to get information from governmental authorities, and Infometer (http://en.infometer.org/), a portal on governmental online openness. Today, develops the RosOtvet (http://rosotvet.ru/), a service for submitting requests to government bodies.
Executive director of the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW). Leader and manager, government consultant and advisor with over ten years’ experience in private and governmental think‐tanks. Coordinator and participant of projects for public and private sector in the field of security and defense and EU external relations and energy policy. Media foreign policy commentator and author
of numerous articles and book chapters on EU foreign, security and defense policy and transatlantic relations. He holds a PhD in social and political sciences from European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Participant of scholarships’ programs of the US State Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and German foundations (DAAD, GFPS‐Polska).
Bardhyl Jashari is the director of Metamorphosis Foundation (Macedonia). His professional interests are mainly in the sphere of new technologies, media, civic activism, egovernment and participation. Previously he worked as Information Program Coordinator of the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia. In both capacities, he has run national and internationalscope projects, involving tight cooperation with other international organizations, governmental bodies, the business and the civic sector. Bardhyl is a strong advocate for open government and an open data, he recently joined the network of ambassadors of the Open Knowledge Foundation taking the lead in building a local community for open data advocacy and development in Macedonia. He is a member of the National Council for Information Society of Macedonia and National Expert for Macedonia of the UN World Summit Award. In the past he was a member of the Task Force for National Strategy for Information Society Development and served as a commissioner at the Agency for Electronic Communication (20052011).
Tata Peklun, an investigative journalist, ex-coordinator of Chesno.org (honest) portal that monitors Ukrainian Rada (parliament) deputies. During Revolution of Dignity in Kiev Tata jointly with colleagues from Chesno and NGO Centre UA launched EuroMaydan Facebook page with more than 300 000 readers, which used to operate as a news agency and gathered volunteer help to protesters. At present Tata works and NGO Anti Corruption Action Centre and manages several open data portals - yanukovich.info, ukr.aw and database of Ukrainian politically exposed persons (to be launched in May), as well as implements advocacy campaigns and asset recovery project.
Inna Borzylo has worked in public sector since 2012. She joined Centre UA team as a PR-manager of CHESNO project and from April till October 2014 was working as Project Director of CHESNO Civil Movement which strives for higher quality of Ukrainian politicians as well as more honest and open politics. CHESNO (can be translated from Ukraine as honesty of fairly) team has formulated integrity criteria and according to them made the assessments of members of current and candidates to the next parliament, members of government and candidates for presidency in Ukraine.
Inna had worked in in-house communication and PR-agency for 6 years, developed and implemented PR-strategies of leading industrial companies in Ukraine (key competences are corporate social responsibility and internal communication).
Blerta TUCI is a Project Coordinator for Albanian Institute of Science in Tirana Albania. AIS through its various projects aimed at openness, transparency,
accountability, and citizen participation.
Previously she worked as a junior researcher for Institute of Social and European Studies in Hungary, under the Hungarian National Program of Excellence and conducted a research on the “Role of Civil Society in the integration of multi-ethnic societies in the
Balkan”. She has followed a Master program in International Economic Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest. Her main topics of interest are: civil society developments, democracy and governance in the Balkans, ethnicities and multiculturalism in Europe.
Dmitry Savelau is a country lead for Russia and a Senior Campaign Advisor for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Change.org - the world's largest petition platform, empowering over 90 million people to create change they want to see. Born in Minsk, Belarus he is currently based out of Amsterdam. Dmitry is also a coordinator at the International Education and Resource Network, and the Adobe Youth Voices Program in Belarus.
Marta Poslad works in the department of Public Policy at Google, where she analyzes social impact of new technologies in Central and Eastern Europe. Marta is a political scientist and sociologist, graduate of Warsaw University and University of Cambridge. In 2005 she co-founded Wybieram.pl, the first Polish get-out-the-vote initiative. Marta is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. As a scholar, she investigates political economy of the Internet, democratization processes and realization of democratic ideals in modern societies.
Kyrylo Loukerenko is the Editor-in-Chief of Hromadske Radio, a Ukrainian NGO public journalism initiative. The radio is seen by its team as non-partisan pro-democracy medium that is to deliver balanced and non-biased news and analysis to Ukrainians. The NGO claims that its goal is sustainable nation-wide public service broadcasting.
Crushing her father’s dream that she would be a self-made multimillionaire by the age of 30, Ade is committed to civic tech and the notion of Software as a Public Service. She’s a school governor, and has almost certainly seen more episodes of The Good Wife than you.