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[liberationtech] World Forum for Democracy Webcast, E-Networking Democracy Builders Globally? Strasbourg, France #COE_WFD
dsearls at cyber.law.harvard.edu
Sun Nov 15 17:35:07 PST 2015
Be sure to see, and climb, the Strasbourg Cathedral. Here are some photos I shot there five years ago (and just put up): <https://www.flickr.com/photos/docsearls/albums/72157658936194763>. Most interesting, for me at least, are the signatures of the work by some of its builders. Scroll down at that link and you’ll see a few. All are at the top of the stairs, on the roof overlook, which also gives you a fabulous view of the city and countryside, from the Black Forest in Germany (across the Rhine) to the hills of Alsace.
The Cathedral was built from 1014 to 1439 and at 466’ was the world’s tallest building for nearly three centuries. Also very intricate and interesting to explore. How it’s held up this long and well is a freaking wonder.
> On Nov 15, 2015, at 4:47 PM, Steven Clift <clift at e-democracy.org> wrote:
> 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 e-democracy.org
> * 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, E-Democracy.org
> clift at e-democracy.org - +1 612 234 7072
> @democracy - http://linkedin.com/in/netclift
> http://1radionews.com - My radio app
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