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

Steven Clift clift at e-democracy.org
Wed Nov 18 06:42:16 PST 2015


The webcast is starting now:
http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/home
On Nov 15, 2015 10:47 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:
>
>      http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/home
>
> Hashtag #COE_WFD :
>
>     https://twitter.com/hashtag/coe_wfd?src=hash
>     https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=%23coe_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
>
>      https://www.facebook.com/events/842231672562138/
>
> Thursday, November 19
>
> Small dinner conversation on the side of the World Forum for Democracy
> in Strasbourg.
>
> Topic:
>
> 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
> institutions?
>
> 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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