POINT 6.0 – a platform for civil society’s use of new technologies

The sixth edition of POINT Conference took place in Sarajevo from 24th to 28th of May 2017.

The issues which were brought sharply into focus during POINT 6.0 Conference in Sarajevo included government accountability monitoring, open data, success of technology-related projects of civil society and using new technologies for advocacy.

POINT Conference (Political Accountability and New Technologies) is a regional conference of civil society organizations from 7 countries of Southeast Europe, which are intensively engaged in using new technologies in their work.

POINT aims to become a platform for civil society’s use of new technologies; a tool for education about the use of new technologies and social networks; a forum for exchanging opinions and experiences; an incubator for ideas, projects and strategies development.

The participants of the conference were welcomed by Anna Sienicka from TechSoup Europe and Krzysztof Izdebski from ePaństwo Foundation who also shared their thoughts on the role of TransparenCEE community.
Anna Sienicka said: “The region of Central and Eastern Europe specializes in tracking public money and watching governments, so when it comes to knowledge and experience – we have a lot to offer.” Krzysztof Izdebski pointed out that TransparenCEE is a safe space to discuss challenges and find solutions.

On a first day the audience had a chance to listen to Blinera Meta from Open Data Kosovo and Paulius Murauskas from Transparency International Lithuania (who were also participants of TransparenCEE workshop on Data storyteling which took place on May 27th). Blinera, who serves as Deputy Director of her organization, talked about Amnesty International project for Darfur, implemented by Open Data Kosovo. Paulius shared his insights on finding right tools for measurement of judiciary system in Lithuania.

On a second day of the conference some members of our community took part in a panel “Civic Tech Community-Building in CEE / SEE” and talked about the role of TransparenCEE as a community-building project. Luna Kalas from TechSoup Europe, Attila Juhász from K-Monitor, Jelena Berkovic from GONG and Blinera Meta from Open Data Kosovo shared their thoughts on the importance of cross-regional cooperation. Luna Kalas concluded: “Cooperation can be successful if it’s based on common interests, common values, trust and honesty – which can be achieved despite of the differences between the countries of our region.”
The panel was led by Dmitri Romanovski (TechSoup Europe).