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September 10, 2010

50-Euro Discount for PdF Europe

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This blog post was originally posted by TechSoup Global

Next month, Personal Democracy Forum will be hosting PdF Europe, a gathering of leaders in technology, government, and the social sector in Europe and around the world. The conference will happen October 4 and 5 in Barcelona. If you register with the code “TSG,” you can get a €50 discount off the registration fee.

In June, Becky attended PdF 2010 in New York and covered it here. It will be exciting to see the big ideas and themes that emerge at PdF Europe.

From PdF:

As Europe wrestles with the economic downturn and changes in ruling coalitions in several major countries, the time is ripe to explore how citizens, civil society organizations, and governments alike are using new, interactive communications technologies to address critical problems.

Personal Democracy Forum Europe brings together the top opinion makers, political practitioners, technologists, grassroots leaders, and journalists from across the political spectrum to network, exchange ideas, and explore how technology and the internet are changing politics, democracy, and society.

As with the first PdF Europe last year in Barcelona, the conference will consist of a mix of keynote talks during each morning plenary, a diverse mix of afternoon breakout sessions, and a final plenary panel each day — plus plenty of time for networking, meeting old friends, making new friends, and sharing ideas and projects.

We’re thrilled to be hosting such speakers as Birgitta Jonsdottir (Member of Parliament and leader of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative), Marietje Schaake (Member of the European Parliament, D66, Netherlands), Alec Ross (Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. State Department), Marko Rakar (Founder of, Croatia’s most popular political blog), Hakon Wium Lie (CTO, Opera Software), Randi Zuckerberg (Director of Marketing, Facebook), Evgeny Morozov (author of the forthcoming book The Net Delusion: Promoting Democracy in the Digital Era), Martin Gelin (Web Strategist for Rödgrön, Sweden), and Jeremie Zimmermann (co-founder, La Quadrature du Net).

See the schedule for PdF Europe as it develops.


April 12, 2010

EU involves civil society through ‘European Citizens Initiative’

The EU recently launched a ‘European citizens initiative’ to give civil society a greater voice in decision making at the EU level. This “direct democracy experiment” allows citizens to influence the EU agenda by gathering 1 million signatures from people that support any particular proposal for new legislation at the European Commission level. It is hoped that this will increase the public’s involvement and interaction with the EU’s institutions. They can collect signatures on the street, through social networking sites or by any other means they like, but for the proposal to be considered each country should have a minimum number of signatures. Although there are critics, some of whom are campaigners, many civil society organisations support the initiatives. Its introduction may prove useful not only in encouraging civil society participation in EU activities but may also encourage greater co-operation between citizen philanthropists and CSOs across the EU. Read the Time Magazine article, which discusses this.

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