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[liberationtech] World Forum for Democracy Webcast, E-Networking Democracy Builders Globally? Strasbourg, France #COE_WFD

Steven Clift clift at
Sun Nov 15 13:47:15 PST 2015

I leave for France on Monday for the World Forum for Democracy.

Considering the tragic Paris attacks, the main event theme is very timely:

      Freedom vs control: For a democratic response

      Strasbourg, France 18-20 November 2015

Website/Plenary webcasts from:

Hashtag #COE_WFD :

If you be there, drop me a note! clift at

* My side gathering over dinner:

E-Networking Democracy Builders Globally? - Dinner Conversation

Thursday, November 19

Small dinner conversation on the side of the World Forum for Democracy
in Strasbourg.


What can the democracy building/civic engagement community learn from
online networking related to the Open Government Partnership (both
official networking and civil society networking like the UK civil
society OGP online group)?

How might we digitally bridge the worlds of #demopart and #opengov
#opendata #civictech #nptech?

Or put another way, whether it is government-led democracy global
promotion efforts, free press/human rights/FOI/participatory democracy
organizing by civil society groups, or domestic "civic engagement"
networks within well established democracies the opportunities to
share knowledge globally in _effective_ online groups, etc. is far
weaker than in the digital government and civic technology arena. And
the opportunity to connect technology innovators in democracy with the
broader democracy building world has has yet to be seized.

This is what I'd like to talk about with 6 interested people over dinner.

Main conference description:

Democracies across the world feel increasingly vulnerable to a diverse
range of threats – from violent extremism to economic, technological,
environmental and geopolitical risks. Fear, and particularly the fear
generated by violent attacks such as those carried out in 2015 in
Paris, Copenhagen and in other parts of the world, destabilises
societies. The lack of guarantees for the protection of personal data
sharpens anxieties. In this context, the growing tension between the
concern for safety and the protection of freedoms is one of the key
challenges facing democracies today.

How to maintain a balance between security and freedom in a democratic
society under threat? Can democracies resist the escalation of fear
and formulate responses based on civic responsibility and active
citizenship? Can they deal effectively with security risks linked to
the digital revolution without jeopardising individual rights and
freedoms, the benefits of the digital revolution and democratic

These questions will be in focus at the 2015 World Forum for Democracy.

Steven Clift  -  Executive Director,
   clift at  -  +1 612 234 7072
   @democracy  - - My radio app

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