EPF Foundation mission is to strengthen citizen rights for access to information, free speech, open culture and freedom of communication. The foundation creates tools for open culture, public information and civic media. On these tools it builds citizen engagement and information skills, thus strenghtenig democratic processes.Organization website
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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 will be concentrated 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. This year organizers of PDF see the need to focus around the following areas:
Democracy as a Buzzword
It seems that democracy is being defined in contradictory ways. Although people 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 citizens 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 they 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 their vocabulary?
The 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.
During PDF PL CEE 2017 we will listen to 3 talks, 2 panel discussions and 14 presentations during three sessions on Day 1 and participate in 12 interactive workshops and 10 world cafe sessions on Day 2. On that day the participants will also have an opportunity to listen to a keynote speech by Ethan Zuckerman and “Lessons from the Region” closing panel held by TransparenCEE.
This year TechSoup will organize two side events in the framework of TransparenCEE project around PDF CEE. Workshop “Communications and Advocacy with Data” will focus on the ways to communicate findings from data analysis and making audiences engaged in order to make change possible. During 8 hours of work, participants will prepare their strategies for Data Advocacy and Communications in their data projects. Workshop will take place on Saturday 8th of April.
In parallel the first offline meeting of two (out of three) TransparenCEE cross-sector Working Groups will take place in Gdańsk. The groups were formed early this year by TransparenCEE community members to work together on finding practical solutions for the most vital issues related to corruption, transparency and good governance across the region.
The first Working Group is focused on Public Procurements and Corporate Registry and facilitated by Sandor Lederer CEO of K-Monitor. The second Working Group on Decision-making processes is facilitated by Iurii Lisovskyi Project Manager in OPORA.
You can register today! To do so, go here.
It’s the third edition of Personal Democracy Forum: Poland and CEE which first took place in Warsaw in 2013. Since then, PDF has become the biggest European event devoted to technology, democracy and civic engagement gathering members of NGOs, activists, public administration officers and journalists from over 20 countries. People from Poland, Central, Eastern and North-Western Europe or South Caucasus meet here, share their experiences and connect with experts and practitioners from all over the world. In 2015 we will be joined by specialists from countries such as Argentina, Kenya or USA. We are committed to allowing Polish society to share its experiences with one another and with people from the world that are represented in bigger numbers every year.
Day 1 – Conference Day
On the first day, about 30 speakers will make appearances, divided into different thematic sections. Guests will speak about social matters, media and the public debate, NGOs and public administration. We will learn the experiences from people of Poland, USA, Argentina, Estonia, Ukraine and many other countries. Invited speakers include: Maria Baron from Directorio Legislativo, Rufus Pollock, founder of Open Knowledge, Katarzyna Batko-Tołuc from Citizen’s Network Watchdog and many more.
Day 2 – Community Day
This year, the second day of PDF is 100% community-organised. We encourage all NGOs, public institutions, citizens, journalists and the media to apply with their own ideas for Community Day 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. 18 sessions will be held, 50 minutes each. These will be divided into 6 blocks taking place simultaneously in three different lecture halls.
Topics will include:
– best campaigns and ideas for NGOs in Poland, region and the world
– new tools to work with data, new trends in openness and civic engagement area in the world
– openness policy in the cities, tools for open data websites, contracts and expenses registers, civic budgets
Code for Freedom is an international Hackathon organised to promote the ideals of freedom, solidarity and democracy.
At Central Open Data Hackathon at National Stadium in Warsaw developers, activitists and designers from Central & East Europe have created or prototyped amazing civic tech projects.
We see that many problems in the region are common: the quality of public services, transparency and public procurement, evidence-based politics, etc. We believe that through collaboration of people from different countries and contexts we can create better, more sustainable products, than acting on our own.
This event is part of series of hackathons organized under Code for Poland programe and part of international conference on democracy and technology – Personal Democracy Forum Central and Eastern Europe 2014.
PDF PL-CEE highlights key players and initiatives in Poland and surrounding countries in CEE region, as well as perspectives from others outside the region engaged in transparency, technology, and civic activism.
The aim of the 2014 edition of the event is to to go deeper into the question of how the future of civic participation will evolve in the region and how NGOs, governments and citizens can cooperate through the use of technology and innovation.
Personal Democracy Forum Poland-Central Eastern Europe (PDF PL-CEE) explored the interaction between open Internet and open democracy. It was organised by Personal Democracy Media in cooperation with Fundacja ePaństwo (ePF), recipient of the European Public Sector Information Platform (ePSIplatform) award 2011 for the outstanding parliamentary monitoring portal Sejmometr.pl. PDF PL-CEE highlighted key players and initiatives in Poland and surrounding countries, as well as perspectives from others outside the region engaged in transparency, technology, and civic activism. There were 300 participants from Poland and from other Central and Eastern European countries including the Balkans. The main event took place on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Kino Praha and was followed by an unconference on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9.30am-3pm at Centre Zielna. The unconference gave attendees of PDF a chance to create their own agendas, share experience, as well as information tools and applications that can impact politics at the local and national level.
Demagog is a Polish fact-checking association devoted to monitoring politicians’ public statements.
Demagog is a non-profit organization formally launched on 29 April 2016. Our work started two years earlier, in April 2014. Since the beginning we’ve been checking the statements of decision-makers on a web-site demagog.org.pl. Being pioneers in using the fact-check method in Poland, we are part of the International Fact-Checking Network, a informal network of initiatives from five continents set for cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Our mission is to create a bias-free, high quality discussion between the society and the decision-makers. Our objective is to empower the citizens to critically choose and understand the news in the times of information noise. So far we checked more than 2800 statements of 316 politicians. We create not only short analysis, but also bigger reports on political situation in Poland, e.g. on electoral system or mining industry. Our work is quoted in press, radio and TV and during numerous conferences.
Acting for transparency in public life and for civic access to public information about citizen’s representatives.
Developing a tolerant, active, creative, self-organizing society