• Pablo Aragon

    Pablo Aragón

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Eurecat

    Pablo Aragón is a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning group in Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya. His recent research focuses on the effects...

    Pablo Aragón is a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning group in Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Eurecat, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya. His recent research focuses on the effects of digital platforms in citizen participatory processes. Pablo is a team member of Decidim, the platform for participatory democracy launched by Barcelona City Council, and co-founder of the Laboratory for Democratic Innovation of Barcelona and the DatAnalysis15M research network.

  • Marta Ardashelia

    Sova News

    Marta Ardashelia has over 12 years of experience in TV journalism covering Georgian foreign affairs, relations with US and Russia and the situation in South Caucasus region. Marta is a...

    Marta Ardashelia has over 12 years of experience in TV journalism covering Georgian foreign affairs, relations with US and Russia and the situation in South Caucasus region. Marta is a founder and editor-in-chief of the only independent Russian language online magazine in Georgia – Sova News. By producing balanced content and speaking loudly about fake news phenomenon, the outlet focuses on increasing media literacy among their audience, highly targeted by Russian propaganda.

  • Imants Breidaks

    Imants Breidaks

    ManaBalss

    Imants Breidaks is a CEO of ManaBalss.lv - a platform of initiatives where every citizen of Latvia can put their ideas and collect signatures to be transferred to the Latvian...

    Imants Breidaks is a CEO of ManaBalss.lv - a platform of initiatives where every citizen of Latvia can put their ideas and collect signatures to be transferred to the Latvian Parliament. Creative spirit with an education in history. Has a significant experience of leading various educational and management consulting projects. Passionate about building a stronger democracy in Europe and rest of the world, Imants is always looking for new opportunities to share the story and transfer ManaBalss.lv successful experience to the places where strong civil society is most needed.

  • Damir Dajanović

    Damir Dajanović

    UG Zasto ne (CA Why not)

    Activist since high school. When he was 17 he founded one of the first grass-roots organizations in BiH, Revolt Youth Movement Tuzla. Since joining Why not in 2013. he works...

    Activist since high school. When he was 17 he founded one of the first grass-roots organizations in BiH, Revolt Youth Movement Tuzla. Since joining Why not in 2013. he works as a researcher for Istinomjer, and since 2015. he coordinates and leads  javnarasprava.ba, a web app which enables direct communication between MPs and citizens and enables citizens to influence the legislative process. He is interested in new technologies and new ways to increase political participation, transparency and accountability, but also to solve everyday problems of citizens using technology.

  • Ewa Drygalska

    Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology

    Ewa Drygalska earned her Ph.D. with Film Studies and Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program Society-Environment-Technology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She studied at the University of California in Los Angeles as...

    Ewa Drygalska earned her Ph.D. with Film Studies and Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program Society-Environment-Technology at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She studied at the University of California in Los Angeles as a Fulbright Fellow and spent significant time at various American universities. She worked for the National Museum in Warsaw and The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw. Currently teaches at Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology and is part of Radicalzz Studio.

  • Massimo Flore

    European Commission – Joint Research Centre

    Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, focusing on hybrid threats, radicalization and disinformation. He previously worked for more than ten years in...

    Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, focusing on hybrid threats, radicalization and disinformation. He previously worked for more than ten years in leading international organizations (UNITED NATIONS, NATO,…) in political and electoral advisory, crisis response, and field operations along the major migration routes in West Africa. Passionate about technological innovation and citizens' engagement through the combination of capacity building on policy analysis, advocacy, media strategy and public education.

  • Filip A. Gołębiewski

    Institute of Discourse and Dialogue

    Sociologist, or rather a social behavior enthusiast. The originator of the Institute of Discourse and Dialogue. His aim is to repair the public debate in Poland. Coordinator of many social,...

    Sociologist, or rather a social behavior enthusiast. The originator of the Institute of Discourse and Dialogue. His aim is to repair the public debate in Poland. Coordinator of many social, scientific and commercial projects. In the past, a PhD student at the Institute of Sociology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Author of scientific and popular science publications. Has been present at the third sector since 2012. He was, inter alia, the director of the program "Citizens' Monitoring of Courts" in the Court Watch Polish Foundation, the creator of social innovations, the originator of board games and on-line applications.

  • Viktor Gursky

    SocialBoost

    Viktor coordinates the development of user-friendly IT services for cities and amalgamated communities in Ukrainian civic tech NGO SocialBoost. His most famous e-democracy case is Participatory Budget Platform , SaaS...

    Viktor coordinates the development of user-friendly IT services for cities and amalgamated communities in Ukrainian civic tech NGO SocialBoost. His most famous e-democracy case is Participatory Budget Platform , SaaS solution for municipalities, that makes participatory budgeting transparent for 80+ cities and communities in Ukraine. It now has over two million yearly users and 5000 citizen-generated projects. To date the platform has been used to fund 500+ citizens’ projects from municipal budgets. As a part of his duties at SocialBoost Viktor also works on DOSVIT, the platform that lets communities and small cities roll out all-in-one web portals , showcasing their investment potential and providing citizens with essential municipal apps. Victor is a co-founder of 1991 Open Data Incubator and a partner at Civic Tech Center located in Kyiv.

  • Jarosław Gwizdak

    District Court Katowice-Zachód in Katowice

    Jarosław is a Law and Administration graduate and a judge in the District Court Katowice-Zachód (President until April 30, 2017). He publishes in legal periodicals, he is a lecturer at...

    Jarosław is a Law and Administration graduate and a judge in the District Court Katowice-Zachód (President until April 30, 2017). He publishes in legal periodicals, he is a lecturer at the Law and Administration Department of Silesia University and at the University of Social Sciences and Humaniteis in Warsaw (SWPS). Jarosław received the main award in the first edition of the "Civic Judge of the Year 2015" by Court Watch Polska. Co-creator of "TEDx Lex" in Katowice. Leadership Academy for Poland 2017 graduate. Retired urban partizan and persistent patriot of the quarter, enthusiast of micro cooperatives and social innovations. Speaks English, German, Czech and Silesian. Compulsory consumer of mass and high culture. Bass player and lead vocals in the worst group in the world "The Judges". His dream: to write a book about justice administration in the air of Filip Springer's "13 floors".

  • Tamar Gzirishvili

    National Democractic Institute (NDI) Georgia

    Tamar is a Local Government Program Coordinator at NDI Georgia. She works with local governments, CSOs, and media outlets in five municipalities across Georgia on building multi-stakeholder decision-making process. Besides...

    Tamar is a Local Government Program Coordinator at NDI Georgia. She works with local governments, CSOs, and media outlets in five municipalities across Georgia on building multi-stakeholder decision-making process. Besides her work at NDI, Tamar is a researcher for OGP assessing the implementation of Georgia’s National Action Plan. Since 2012, Tamar has actively worked on anti-corruption measures at Transparency International Georgia and GIZ in Bonn, Germany. Tamar holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Clark University and MPA from Tbilisi State University.

  • Iwan Ittermann

    Iwan Ittermann

    Foundation for Digital Peace Talks

    Iwan coordinates Digital Peace Talks, an open source project looking to integrate citizen voices worldwide into political discussions and making democratic progress in discourse visible by combining visualization tools, machine...

    Iwan coordinates Digital Peace Talks, an open source project looking to integrate citizen voices worldwide into political discussions and making democratic progress in discourse visible by combining visualization tools, machine learning algorithms and acceptance based communication rules. He formerly co-founded +3 Magazin in der Süddeutschen Zeitung, a national news magazine practicing citizen journalism. +3 Magazin was awarded a European Newspaper Award 2012 (Innovation) and 2013 (Best supplement) and the Coburger Medienpreis 2013 (Best new creation).

  • Matthew Kasper

    Meydan TV

    Matthew Kasper studied German Language and Literature at Fordham University before moving to Turkey to teach English as a foreign language. This stint was followed by an M.A. in Social...

    Matthew Kasper studied German Language and Literature at Fordham University before moving to Turkey to teach English as a foreign language. This stint was followed by an M.A. in Social Sciences between Middle East Technical University and Humboldt University, where he concentrated on Turkish society and politics with a specific focus on citizenship, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism. A regular contributor and editor of the German- Turkish art and culture magazine renk., Kasper joined the Meydan TV team in 2018 as Project Manager.

  • Stefania Koskova

    Stefania Koskova

    Mozilla

    Stefania Koskova is a Mozilla Fellow focusing on developing collaborative solutions and effective policy responses to harmful online content. In her previous roles, Stefania assisted policymakers and communities in the...

    Stefania Koskova is a Mozilla Fellow focusing on developing collaborative solutions and effective policy responses to harmful online content. In her previous roles, Stefania assisted policymakers and communities in the Western Balkans with the design and implementation of strategic responses to hate, extremist radicalization and violence. In 2017, Stefania helped launch the Resonant Voices Initiative, networking journalists, activists, and community leaders who challenge dangerous messages online, such as hate speech, terrorist propaganda, and disinformation.

  • Andreea Maier

    Andreea Maier

    CIVITTA Romania,
    European Placemaking Network

    Bottom-up, top-down, local and European. In cities, disadvantaged communities and placemaking networks. With public authorities, NGOs, universities, experts and citizens. Andreea – a young urban planner - explores strategic planning,...

    Bottom-up, top-down, local and European. In cities, disadvantaged communities and placemaking networks. With public authorities, NGOs, universities, experts and citizens. Andreea – a young urban planner - explores strategic planning, social development and the perks of governance in every way. She believes that building trust between citizens and governance is still possible, but anarchist at heart, she is always questioning the structures in place. She hopes that interactive governance will replace outdated structures one day and made her bet on technology and innovation. In numbers: 4 working years, over 10 development strategies, 4 Interreg projects, 2 studies on European territory, countless meetings with citizens on all of the above.

  • Natalia Mileszyk

    Natalia Mileszyk

    Centrum Cyfrowe

    Natalia is a lawyer and public policy expert dealing with digital rights, copyright reform and openness. She works for Centrum Cyfrowe, a leading Polish think-and-do-tank, where she analysis and comments...

    Natalia is a lawyer and public policy expert dealing with digital rights, copyright reform and openness. She works for Centrum Cyfrowe, a leading Polish think-and-do-tank, where she analysis and comments on the social aspects of technology and a need for human-centered digital policy. She is also active in Communia Association for Public Domain and Creative Commons Poland. For the last two years, she has been actively involved in copyright reform advocacy at the European level. A graduate of the University of Warsaw and the Central European University in Budapest (LL.M.). You can find her on Twitter at @nmileszyk

  • Johnny Miller

    africanDRONE,
    Code For Africa

    Johnny Miller is a photographer, journalist, and founder of africanDRONE – a pan-African citizen journalist organization. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive networks and knowledge...

    Johnny Miller is a photographer, journalist, and founder of africanDRONE – a pan-African citizen journalist organization. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive networks and knowledge of contemporary African and world issues. He has received worldwide acclaim for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality around the world using a drone. He is currently working on establishing africanDRONE as an organization, producing content for major international news organizations, and developing new and socially aware storytelling methodologies. Johnny is currently an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics, and a News Fellow at Code For Africa.

  • Lukas Mocek

    Luftdaten.info

    Lukas Mocek focuses on the international growth of the air quality sensor network luftdaten.info, its links to other sensor networks, clean air initiatives, communities and state institutions. He leads the...

    Lukas Mocek focuses on the international growth of the air quality sensor network luftdaten.info, its links to other sensor networks, clean air initiatives, communities and state institutions. He leads the coordination in terms of international exchange and combined efforts of these partners. He add his knowledge from the background as a mechatronic (BOSCH), Production- & Supply Chain Engineer at European School of Business (ESB) and Blockchain community organizer at PositiveBlockchain.io.

  • Sergejus Muravjovas

    Transparency International Lithuania

  • Oleg Naumenko

    Oleg Naumenko

    Aktis Strategy

    Oleg Naumenko is a Project Coordinator at Aktis Strategy, a global development consultancy working good governance, research and media in conflict-affected areas. In the last 5 years, he gained extensive...

    Oleg Naumenko is a Project Coordinator at Aktis Strategy, a global development consultancy working good governance, research and media in conflict-affected areas. In the last 5 years, he gained extensive work experience in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States. Previously, Oleg trained over 50 civil servants across Ukrainian national security and executive agencies focusing on strategic messaging, inter-agency coordination and improving media outreach related to the ongoing military conflict in eastern Ukraine. Oleg is currently leading a diverse project portfolio spanning across audience analysis and inter- group communications to provide a nuanced understanding of the region and improve cooperation of host governments and international donors.

  • Ilias Nikezis

    International and Peace Journalism Lab

    Ilias Nikezis is a Public Affairs and Strategic Communications practitioner. Additionally to education focused in Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, he holds a Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication...

    Ilias Nikezis is a Public Affairs and Strategic Communications practitioner. Additionally to education focused in Public Affairs and Strategic Communications, he holds a Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism, specialized in risk communication and crisis journalism, by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of AUTH. He is a PhD candidate on the field of media, war and conflict and he is a senior member of the International and Peace Journalism Laboratory (IPJL). His field of research interest lies in interdisciplinary themes such as Strategic Communication and Public Relations, War Reporting, Tackling Disinformation, Informational Resilience, Peace Journalism, Media Role in Crisis Management, Media Literacy, Diversity and the Media.

  • Liljana Pecova-Ilieska

    Liljana Pecova-Ilieska

    Metamorphosis Foundation

    M.A., Liljana Pecova -Ilieska, CEO of IMPETUS - Center for Internet, Development and Good Governance, and ACTION SEE project coordinator within Metamorphosis organization, specific address on good governance issues, transparency,...

    M.A., Liljana Pecova -Ilieska, CEO of IMPETUS - Center for Internet, Development and Good Governance, and ACTION SEE project coordinator within Metamorphosis organization, specific address on good governance issues, transparency, accountability and openness of the institutions. Previous 10 years’ experience in law enforcement within the Ministry of Interior, followed by a 4 years advisory position and data protection expertise at the Data Protection Agency, whereas was part of the National Expert Working Group of the inter-sector Body for Human Rights Protection. Author of several research papers in data protection and media monitoring. Data protection expertise in social media, public relations and marketing. Expertise in strategy documents/plans preparation. Certified trainer for adults for the areas of competence. Special contribution on long term training the target groups in Education sector on data protection, safer internet for kids. Part of the privacy protection community with special focus on security sector and surveillance. Community member of SEEDIG – Euro Dig – Sub regional and Regional Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Initiative’s, also one of the Founders of IGF initiative in Macedonia. Panelist of more national and international conferences and Council of Europe’ s activist for No hate speech Campaign.

  • Vasyl Pekhno

    Hromadske.ua

  • Alexey Sidorenko

    Teplitsa: Technologies for Social Good

    Alexey Sidorenko is Director of “Teplitsa: Technologies for Social Good”. He is an active member of civil society and leads a collective of more than 20 individuals in various regions...

    Alexey Sidorenko is Director of “Teplitsa: Technologies for Social Good”. He is an active member of civil society and leads a collective of more than 20 individuals in various regions of Russia who spread knowledge about new tools for civil society organisations and social entrepreneurs. Throughout his career, Alexey has collaborated with various civic groups, think tanks, and international communities, including Carnegie Moscow Centre, Global Voices Online, Freedom House, and Reporters Without Borders. In 2010, he developed the “Help Map” project, an award-winning crowdsourcing initiative to help the victims of summer wildfires. Since 2012, he has run Teplitsa, a project to help Russian NGOs with IT and innovative ways of civic engagement. Alexey regularly presents at Personal Democracy Forum Central and Eastern Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography (Moscow State University, 2010) and speaks Polish, English, and Russian. In 2017, Russian Reporter magazine included Alexey Sidorenko into the ‘Russia’s 75 most respected people’ list.

  • Andrew Sushko

    Andrew Sushko

    Human Constanta

    Human Rights lawyer, expert in law and public administration, co-founder of the institution "Advisory center on contemporary international practices and their legal implementation "Human Constanta" (Minsk, Belarus). The author of...

    Human Rights lawyer, expert in law and public administration, co-founder of the institution "Advisory center on contemporary international practices and their legal implementation "Human Constanta" (Minsk, Belarus). The author of a number of national and international studies in the field of access to public sector information online, e-government and e-participation.

  • Joanna Szymańska

    ARTICLE 19

    Europe and Central Asia Programme Officer at ARTICLE 19, global freedom of expression organisation. Since joining ARTICLE 19 in 2016, Joanna has worked on a number of issues related to...

    Europe and Central Asia Programme Officer at ARTICLE 19, global freedom of expression organisation. Since joining ARTICLE 19 in 2016, Joanna has worked on a number of issues related to freedom of expression and right to information across the Eurasia region – including media freedom, countering hate speech against minorities and digital rights. She has an M.A. in Russian studies from University of Gdansk and postgraduate certificate in International law from Warsaw University. Screen reader support enabled.

  • Katarzyna Szymielewicz

    Panoptykon Foundation

    Expert in human rights and technology, lawyer and activist. Co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation – Polish NGO defending human rights in surveillance society. Since 2012 vice-president of European Digital...

    Expert in human rights and technology, lawyer and activist. Co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation – Polish NGO defending human rights in surveillance society. Since 2012 vice-president of European Digital Rights. Stipendist and member of Ashoka – international network of social entrepreneurs. Her work exposes the invisible: data exploitation behind friendly commercial interfaces, the fallacy of free choice and political trade-offs coming with security narrative.

  • Martin Tisné

    Luminate

    As Managing Director, Martin is responsible for Luminate’s Data & Digital Rights impact area, our work in Europe, and our policy and advocacy work. Martin brings over 15 years of...

    As Managing Director, Martin is responsible for Luminate’s Data & Digital Rights impact area, our work in Europe, and our policy and advocacy work. Martin brings over 15 years of investment and leadership experience to his role, including founding and co-founding two multi-stakeholder initiatives and three NGOs. Alongside the Obama White House, Martin founded the Open Government Partnership and helped it grow to a 70+ country initiative. He also initiated the International Open Data Charter, the G8 Open Data Charter, and the G20’s commitment to open data principles. Martin is the co-founder of Publish What You Fund, a global campaign for foreign aid transparency, and Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the country’s leading anti-corruption NGO. Prior to joining Luminate, Martin founded and ran the Transparency and Accountability Initiative – a donor collaborative bringing together the world’s largest open government funders. He is a board member of the Open Data Institute, and a steering committee member of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative. Screen reader support enabled.

  • Peter Varga

    Open Government Partnership

    Peter joined OGP’s Country Support Team in July 2016. He provides guidance and assistance to civil society organisations and governments across Europe (primarily in the North Sea/Baltic Sea region), supporting...

    Peter joined OGP’s Country Support Team in July 2016. He provides guidance and assistance to civil society organisations and governments across Europe (primarily in the North Sea/Baltic Sea region), supporting the development and implementation of open government reforms. Prior to OGP, he worked with Transparency International supporting 15 national chapters across the Nordic, Baltic and Central European regions, as well as devising the movement’s global internal communications policy. Earlier, Peter had developed social enterprises and consulted on non-profit sustainability in emerging markets, also piloting the world’s first LGBT venture philanthropy fund. He also gained private sector experience working for a global marketing agency. Peter was Fulbright Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University in 2011-2012, holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University, and a BA in Political Science from Yale University. Currently based in Berlin, he is an avid reader of history books and a blessed cheesemaker.

  • Nataliia Vyniarchuk

    Transparency International Ukraine

    My current occupation is the coordination of donors at civic monitoring initiative Dozorro - implemented within Innovation project department at Transparency International Ukraine. I have been previously engaged in different...

    My current occupation is the coordination of donors at civic monitoring initiative Dozorro - implemented within Innovation project department at Transparency International Ukraine. I have been previously engaged in different roles into several - local and national - municipal and civil society projects, including the largest NGO coalition in Ukraine. Causes I care about are participatory democracy and civic tech, sustainability of community/policy interventions, data economy and e-procurement as well as social entrepreneurship. As an alof the European Economic Studies from the College of Europe - a scepticist by nature and euro-optimist by background :)

  • Marta Wójcicka

    City is Ours,
    Luftdaten

    Member od City is ours association from Warsaw and Luftdaten activist. Engaged in many local initiatives – fighting for city parks, public infrastructure, development of public transportation and urban planning....

    Member od City is ours association from Warsaw and Luftdaten activist. Engaged in many local initiatives – fighting for city parks, public infrastructure, development of public transportation and urban planning. She is also very committed to charity projects related to providing equal opportunities for all, so she is involved in charity projects. Professionally bonded to digital marketing, she is currently working in marketing automation area. link copied to clipboard., anyone at fundacja epaństwo with the link can edit. Member od City is ours association from Warsaw and Luftdaten activist. Engaged in many local initiatives – fighting for city parks, public infrastructure, development of public transportation and urban planning. She is also very committed to charity projects related to providing equal opportunities for all, so she is involved in charity projects. Professionally bonded to digital marketing, she is currently working in marketing automation area.

  • Edit Zgut

    Edit Zgut

    Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw

    Edit Zgut is a guest lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe. She is a PhD researcher at IFIS, in the Polish Academy of Sciences, her main field...

    Edit Zgut is a guest lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe. She is a PhD researcher at IFIS, in the Polish Academy of Sciences, her main field of research is illiberalism in Central Europe and the constraining role of the EU. Edit previously worked at Political Capital research and Consultancy Institute in Budapest as a foreign policy analyst. She has been also teaching International Relations at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary. Prior to joining Political Capital, she was working as a foreign policy journalist at various media outlets in Hungary. She is a political commentator frequently appearing both in the Hungarian and international media. She earned her M.A. in political science from the ELTE, and learned journalism at Bálint György Journalism Academy in Hungary.