The 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum will serve as a platform of idea and experience exchange for people working for civic participation and transparency in public life with the help of new technologies in Central and Eastern Europe.
The jubilee edition of Personal Democracy Forum will take place on April 6-7, 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. It is planned for two days of both experts’ presentations and several interactive workshops. Keynote speeches will be interpreted and recorded in order to be published online for further use. The conference will be streamed on the conference related websites.
At this year’s PDF, we will concentrate on diagnosing the democratic system – what went wrong? Did the system fail us or did we fail? What are the next steps? Find more background for this year’s main theme. We see the need to focus around the following areas:
Democracy as a Buzzword
It seems that we define democracy in contradictory ways. Although we keep using similar words to describe it. Perhaps they do not mean anything anymore?
Revolution | Evolution | Stagnation
From enthusiasm through grassroot work to powerlessness. How can we learn from experiences of introducing the change?
Creation | Manipulation | Responsibility
When states are ineffective, citizens take matters into their own hands. What sort of challenges do we have to face in contemporary politics?
Maintenance | Sustainability | Innovation
Hopelessness and insecurity are becoming the most popular companions of CSOs. What environment should be created to expel those words from our vocabulary?
Our special guest this year will be Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and Associate Professor of the practice in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
Marta Skotnicka, ePaństwo Foundation
Alexey Sidorenko, Teplitsa of Social Technologies
Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk
Andrew Rasiej, Civic Hall
Anna Sienicka / Darko Brkan / Krzysztof Izdebski, TransparenCEE Network
Krzysztof Izdebski, ePaństwo Foundation
Adam Bodnar, Polish Ombudsman
Stephen King, Omidyar Network
Elena Calistru, Funky Citizens
Sandor Lederer, K-Monitor
Hera Hussain, CHAYN
Haytham Atef / Abbas Adel – Revolution Bouncing Back
Bardhyl Jashari – Macedonian Neverending Story
Olga Aivazovska – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Şevket Uyanık / Ezgi Ece Askingil – Permanent State of Emergency
Beata Biel – Let the Watchdogs out! Rebuilding Trust in the Media
Mor Rubinstein – Open-Washing Syndrome
Zuzana Wienk -Taming a Dragon: How to Reinvent Democracy
Petr Kočí – Creating “the Truth”
Nidžara Ahmetašević – All About Us Without Us
Anna Dryjańska – Let Them Play
John Wonderlich – Who is Hacking Whom?
Esra’a Al Shafei – Courage and Innovation
Wiktor Schmidt – To Change the World through Technology You Need People
Aleksandr Mihnovits / Dama Sathianathan – There is a Face Behind Data
Zoë Reiter – Less Corruption, More Social Justice: A Few Do’s and Don’ts
Jakub Górnicki – Civic Engagement: Back to the Future
Anna Kuliberda, TechSoup Europe
Cosmin Pojoranu, Funky Citizens
Zuzana Papazoski, National Democratic Institute
Christopher Guess, Share the Facts
Aida Ajanović, Zašto ne?
Francišak Viačorka, American University
Room 1 Fighting with the State for the State — Željko Stanetić
Room 2 Is It Time to Shut Down Your Democracy App? — Michal Škop
Room 3 Who Can See a Beam in Their Eyes? — Olena Boytsun / Anna Sienicka / John Wonderlich / Krzysztof Wychowałek and Anna Kuliberda (panel discussion)
Room 4 Can Governments Be Equal Partners With the Governed? — Katherine Klosek
Room 1 Social Experiments for Transparency — Ingrida Palaimaitė / Sergejus Muravjovas
Room 2 Fake News and Fact-checking — Christopher Guess / Wiktor Nowak
Room 3 Backyard of Election Observation and Monitoring — Yuri Lisovsky / Jan Niedośpiał / Adam Sawicki
Room 4 Judiciary Independence. With or without technology? — Jarosław Gwizdak
Opening Parliaments and Governments.
Experiences from Permanent Transformation.
What characterizes the V4 region in terms of transparency and civic engagement? Can we provide a common diagnosis and solutions for V4 states? Or perhaps legal and social cultures in V4 countries are so diverse that no experiences can be transmitted from one to another? At the Meet-Up we will discuss the state of transparency in V4 parliaments and governments – where we failed and where we succeed as an open data community.
Zuzana Papazoski, National Democracy Institute
Krzysztof Izdebski, ePaństwo Foundation
Room 1 Success of the Democratic Process of Migrant Policy-Making in Gdańsk — Council of Immigrants: Mohammed Atoun, Aws Kinani, Magdalena Jarosz, Majed Tinawi and Anna Fedas (panel discussion)
Room 2 Open Legislative Data — Nadiia Babynska
Room 3 New Technologies in Struggle with Social Stigmatization — Mariusz Wojtowicz [workshop in Polish]
Room 4 Fact-based Democracy: Is It Possible? — Magdalena Wnuk / Anna Konczewska
Open contracting brings governments, business and citizens at one table to open and use public procurement information to improve public spending. Over 25 countries committed to open contracting in 2016.
Citizens could be looking for better ways to monitor government and hold politicians accountable, civic technologies can take advantage of ever-growing supply of contracting data to build cooler tools, government champions may look for ways to save money and show public integrity, and business folks may be interested in better chances to participate in procurement. If you are any of those, the event is for you.
We’re bringing open contracting community and champions to Gdansk to share projects & tools, discuss opportunities and challenges related to Open Contracting Data Standard and most importantly, celebrate incredible progress and growth of open contracting in East and Central Europe and elsewhere in 2016.
Facilitated by Open Contracting Partnership, the one day meeting will offer numerous highly interactive showcase & learning sessions. We will strike a balance between showcasing what works and helping you get started or improve your work on open contracting.
The room fits up to 50 people. Registration is on “first come, first serve” basis, so we encourage early registration.
The meeting takes place on April 5 and is a part of PDF CEE 2017. Its participants will have an occasion to join the discussion on Rebooting Democracy on April 6-7 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.
How to visualize data in a way that the audience finds interesting and understandable? How to cooperate with a designer in order to create efficient communication strategy for your project? How trends in design and visualizations change? To what extend should they influence organization’s decisions?
TransparenCEE workshop “Data Advocacy and Communication” will help answer these questions. It will also enable the participants to prepare their own strategic communication plans for data-advocacy campaigns and choose the right means for reaching different audiences. We hope that the skills gained during the workshop will make civil society activists open to experiments with visual communication of data in the transparency and accountability field.
This one-day workshop will take place on Saturday 8th of April and will gather 15 civil society activists from 8 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, and South Caucasus who work with data projects monitoring and analyzing local or national budgets spending, public procurements, public officials’ assets, Parliament activities or other areas with an aim to make public sphere more open and less vulnerable to corruption.
Graphic designer and interaction, web developer, VJ, author of interactive installations, WRO Art Center associate. For 12 years experimenting with alternative uses of web technology. Portfolio.
TransparenCEE civic tech expert, trainer and facilitator.
Gdańsk Shipyard brings to mind the work of male shipyard workers such as welders and craft operators, yet there were many women who worked arm in arm with them – as isolators or gantry operators. The Organizers of Personal Democracy Forum CEE 2017 and the Metropolitanka Group invites you to the Shipyard walk that discovers the unknown stories of Gdańsk.
The workers pathway follows the daily life of women workers and engineers at the Shipyard. It highlights the heavy workload of women welders, constructors, cleaners, the isolators’ fight for better working conditions. We created this walk based on interviews with former and current women workers, collected by Metropolitanka and Arteria Association.
Maciej Multaniak graduated from Faculty of Shipbuilding, Technical University of Gdańsk. In the same year, he took up a post at the Gdańsk Shipyard where he worked until 1991, also in the Quality Assessment department. Next, he got promoted to Quality Assessment Manager. He had a chance to feel like a true shipyard worker, going through several stages: from Production Foreman, through Senior Production Foreman, to Deputy Manager in Engine Room Assembly and Trials Department (S‑5). His father is Tercjan Multaniak, a Shipyard employee and a famous photographer who chronicled the Shipyard’s history.
Join the walk!
We are gathering on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10.30 by the Shipyard gate.
How does “civic tech” work today in Poland? Can technology improve the standards of living in cities and local communities? Do public authorities use IT tools to improve their contact with citizens and deliver high quality services? How does civic tech function in other parts of the world? Does the civic tech movement support start-ups or rather tools for public administration?
We’ll look for answers to these and other questions on April 8, 2017 together with programmers, public officials, activists and citizens interested in the social importance of technology, as well as with the participants of the Personal Democracy Forum CEE 2017 coming to Gdańsk from all over the world. Join us to see the effects of work by the Code for Poland community and related initiatives from abroad.
If you are a programmer…
Are there people in your city who develop unique solutions for local communities, cities or democracy? Find out what tools Code for Poland creates and join our projects!
If you are a public official….
The goal of civic tech tools is to assist the authorities in performing public tasks. From straightforward data visualizations, instruments supporting consultations processes, to useful tools aimed at decreasing the number of questions sent to offices. We create solutions that assist daily duties of public administration. Come and get to know us! Perhaps the next project will happen in your city.
If you are an activist…
Technological solutions for common good don’t have to developed in the IT business. Collaborating with other sectors, you see imperfections of public administration activities in different fields. Local organizations are a source of inspiration and an incentive for solutions meant to improve these activities. We want to use technology to support activists and their work for our communities. Come to the Festival and find partners that could enhance the impact of your actions.
If you are a citizen…
Civic tech should serve citizens. Find out what apps are already used in your city. Let us know what solutions are missing and what solutions you would use. Would you like to design a local square or go on a bike trip? We have tools to make this possible. Come and find out what civic tech has to offer!
Where: Hewelianum Center, Gradowa 6, Gdańsk
When: 08.04.2017, 10 am – 3 pm.
Festival is free and open to everyone! Join us!
Miroslav Schlossberg, Lana Podgoršek, Code for Croatia
John Harrington, Code for Ireland and Code for Europe
Min Hsuan Wu (ttcat), g0v.tw; Code for Taiwan
Adriana Avram, Code for Romania
Elisa Lindinger, Code for Germany: Code a difference!
Milo van der Linden, Code for NL and Code for Europe
Bartosz Filip Malinowski, We the Crowd: Civic crowdsourcing and other forms of modern public engagement.
Marcin Szałomski, Code for Tricity: Tristar Eye – real-time data on traffic jams in your pocket and…
Marta Tymińska, Arteria Association: Mobile App “The shipyard is a woman”.
Mateusz Chomiczewski, Paweł Szczudło, Code for Warsaw: Futbol Kolektyw – the first tool in Poland for scouting.
Kaśka Barc, Inicjatywa Oddam Odpady – Code for Warsaw: Well informed citizen = better waste sorting.
Andrzej Wójcicki, Marcin Rudzki, Code for Tricity: Na4Łapy. From beautiful Idea to Association.
Paweł Cal, Rafał Kleger-Rudomin, Code for Tricity: Network of Biking Routes
Małgosia Solecka, Code for Tricity: Autyzm PG – E-technologies for children with autism
Marcin Rudzki, Andrzej Wójcicki, Code for Tricity: Na4Łapy – Adopt Pets from Your Local Shelter
Rafał Gawlik, Code for Wrocław: Poznaj Wrocław – discover interesting places and the history of Wrocław
Małgorzata Kilian, Code for Warsaw: Demagog – fact-checking
Małgorzata Rabczak, Code for Warsaw: Mapa Drzew – Take Care of Trees in Your Neighbourhood
Mateusz Chomiczewski, Paweł Szczudło, Code for Warsaw: Futbol Kolektyw – The First Tool in Poland for Scouting
Director of the Russia-focused project “Teplitsa of Social Technologies.” Web developer and expert on the Russian internet, new media and politics. In 2009-2012, Dr. Sidorenko has been a reporter and...
Director of the Russia-focused project “Teplitsa of Social Technologies.” Web developer and expert on the Russian internet, new media and politics. 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 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. Alex speaks fluent Polish, English and Russian.
Pawel Adamowicz has been holding the office of the Mayor of Gdansk, Poland since 1998. A lawyer by education, he graduated from the University of Gdansk. He strongly believes that...
Pawel Adamowicz has been holding the office of the Mayor of Gdansk, Poland since 1998. A lawyer by education, he graduated from the University of Gdansk. He strongly believes that open data and new technologies can change cities and the world for better. His city is one of the leading cities in Poland for implementing openness policy.
Civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder of Civic Hall, a collaborative work, community center, and event space located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, NYC. He is also...
Civic and social entrepreneur, technology strategist, and Founder of Civic Hall, a collaborative work, community center, and event space located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, NYC. He is also the Co-Founder of Civic Hall Labs, which builds civic technology pilots to serve the public interest. Andrew is also the Founder of annual Personal Democracy Forum the world's largest and best known gathering focusing on the intersection of technology, politics, and government. He is the Chairman off the NY Tech Alliance, a 60,000+-member organization of of New Yorkers from diverse industries working in the New York tech ecosystem who are using technology to transform themselves, New York City, and the world. He is the Founder of MOUSE.org which provides technology education in public schools in New York and many other global locations. He was a founding Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC organization using technology to make government more transparent. Andrew lives and works near Union Square in New York City, and can be followed on twitter at @rasiej.
Strategy director in TechSoup in Europe. She leads the development of the TechSoup Europe Network of 28 capacity-building organisations active in 44 countries serving over 250,000 registered NGOs. Anna plays...
Strategy director in TechSoup in Europe. She leads the development of the TechSoup Europe Network of 28 capacity-building organisations active in 44 countries serving over 250,000 registered NGOs. Anna plays a central role in scaling socially oriented technology solutions through the Network. Anna’s background includes capacity-building of NGOs and social enterprises, and creating a friendly legal environment for civil society.
For years, lawyer providing legal consultations on access to public information and re-use of public sector information, drafting legal opinions and representing NGO’s and other clients in court proceedings. He...
For years, lawyer providing legal consultations on access to public information and re-use of public sector information, drafting legal opinions and representing NGO’s and other clients in court proceedings. He is also a researcher in the field of combatting and preventing corruption. Recently he published: Transparency and Open Data Principles : Why They Are Important and How They Increase Public Participation and Tackle Corruption.
President of CA „Why not“, one of the most prominent Bosnian NGOs that promotes activism, government accountability and use of technology, as well as president of the board of the...
President of CA „Why not“, one of the most prominent Bosnian NGOs that promotes activism, government accountability and use of technology, as well as president of the board of the regional network Action SEE. Darko holds degrees from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Economics. His professional interests are digital media, elections and political processes, civic activism and international relations. He was a Draper-Hills Summer fellow at CDDRL Center at Stanford and a Reagan-Fascell fellow at the Forum for International Democratic Studies. He is a regular contributor to many local and international media and a speaker at a number of prominent events and conferences.
Graduate of the faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and Central European University in Budapest. In 2006 he was awarded PhD degree at University of Warsaw...
Graduate of the faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and Central European University in Budapest. In 2006 he was awarded PhD degree at University of Warsaw in the field of constitutional law. In 2004-15 Adam Bodnar worked for Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights. He is also an expert in the Agency of Fundamental Rights of European Union. In 2013-2014 Bodnar was a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Fund for Victims of Torture. Until the time of assuming the post of Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar cooperated with various non-governmental organizations. He was also a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at Batory Foundation and of the editorial team of kulturaliberalna.pl. In 2011 he was awarded with the Tolerance Prize by the Polish LGBT organizations. In 2013 he received a scholarship within the scope of German Marshall Memorial Fellowship programme. In 2015, with support of 67 non-governmental organizations, he was appointed at the post of Ombudsman.
Stephen leads the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative and a portfolio that includes a broad range of national and global organizations. Many are innovators in the use of technology...
Stephen leads the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative and a portfolio that includes a broad range of national and global organizations. Many are innovators in the use of technology to help make governments more responsive and aid citizens in holding their governments to account. The portfolio includes: change.org, Global Witness, mySociety, Co-Creation Hub, Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, and Janaagraha, among others. Prior to Omidyar Network, Stephen served as the chief executive of BBC Media Action, where he led a period of sustained growth that included building programs in more than 40 countries in the developing world. Stephen is based in London and is a board member of mySociety, Praekelt Foundation and on the Advisory Board of Global Witness. He holds an M.A. in Oriental and African studies from the University of London.
TransparenCEE – Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Europe and Euroasia is a community oriented project for strengthening the capacity of transparency and accountability organizations and activists from Central and Eastern Europe concerning the usage of new technologies and open data in their projects.
The project’s goal is to promote increased transparency and accountability by harnessing open public data in new and innovative ways, sharing of best practices, mapping successful transparency and accountability projects and regulatory frameworks throughout the region.
Project team strongly work on:
On Saturday, April 8, the TransparenCEE workshop on Data Advocacy and Communication will take place in Hewelianum Centre.
The Visegrad project supported by the International Visegrad Fund is a part of the 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum – an annual event involving top activists, inside public offices reformers, media representatives, professionals engaged in protection of democratic values to discuss problems, present tools and share thoughts on the future of democracy on the international level.
With the project, we will enable the multi-sided debate on transparency and freedom of information as a touchstone of all democratic values in the CEE region, with special attention to the interests of the V4 countries. The conference’s two-fold formula will encourage both guests and participants to interaction and thought exchange strengthening the strategic policies in separation from the narrow political and corporate interests.
We will organize the V4 representatives’ meet-up dedicated to the Visegrad Group countries’ cooperation and mutual support in building the future of democracy in the region:
Opening Parliaments and Governments. Experiences from Permanent Transformation
Join us on Friday, April 7!
The partner organizations are:
K-Monitor is one of Hungary’s top transparency groups. Not only a key actor in the Open Government Partnership process and advocate for Freedom of Information both on the national and local level, K-Monitor is the developer of online tools that foster transparency and accountability in Hungary. K-Monitor also contributes to the EC’s Anti-corruption report.
KohoVolit.eu is one of a couple of Czech NGOs promoting openess and transparency of the government in a broader sense (including parliament or municipal assemblies). It works also on connecting the government with the citizens, it has developed several popular internet applications used by millions of citizens in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its experts are part of Rekonstrukce státu movement.
Fair-play Alliance, a non-for-profit and non-partisan civic association founded n 2002, for over 14 years has been looking at government’s activities, bringing an independent civic view and striving to provide good solutions. Its policy is embarked on detection of corruption cases in defense of the right to information in the control of public procurement and the judiciary in monitoring and publishing open data. It is also concerned with the accountability and prone to come up with proposals to change the dysfunctional regulations.
Personal Democracy Forum CEE 2017 will take place on 6-7 of April, 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.