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Tech for Public Good: Open Government and Smart Cities [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12


Smart Cities: Their future or yours?
The session will start with the three organizers briefly sharing ‘smart-city’ initiatives in their respective cities: Toronto, CA (Sidewalk Labs); Berlin, DE (AfD doxing, Fuck Off Google); and Boston, USA (FabCity Global Initiative, City-Scoring). Following the introduction, we will begin mapping the local representation in the room and divide into small working groups with cross-continental and diverse perspectives. The goal of the working groups will be to share smart-city initiatives taking place in our communities and draft a Public Service Announcement (PSA). The PSA will be a call-to-arms for communities to band together by sharing lessons learned and organizing strategies against the onslaught of corporate oligarchy and the commodification of public data, infrastructure, and services. We will discuss comparative issues pertinent to millennial demographics such as: housing, the gig economy, education, healthcare, public consultation, climate change, and multilateral trade agreements on data infrastructure and surveillance tools. The goal of this session will be to go against the grain of neoliberal conceptualizations of ‘smart-cities’, or in other words: re-define our cities as ‘smart’ ONLY IF public services are equitable, accessible and inclusive.

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Daniella Barreto

Digital Activism Coordinator, Amnesty International Canada
I'm interested in issues related to race and anti-oppression, surveillance, smart cities, LGBTQ2S+, public health/epidemiology. I'm also a producer and co-host of RUDE the Podcast. Our two-part special on digital rights and surveillance drops on June 13! www.rudethepodcast.com
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James Duncan

Graduate Researcher, University of Toronto


Wednesday June 12, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Carthage 1 (Laico)


Making Civic Tech Work for Democracy: Lessons from Tunisia, Nigeria, and Taiwan
In recent years, the rapid growth of civic technology has provided more opportunities for citizens to engage in democratic processes, leverage economic opportunities, and hold government officials accountable via e-governance platforms. Despite civic tech’s ability to bolster democratic participation and service delivery, many citizens around the globe still feel unheard by decision-makers, and valuable technology tools and platforms are still not widely placed in the hands of diverse communities to ensure inclusive engagement. This session will explore case studies from Tunisia, Nigeria, and Taiwan, as well as experiences with civic tech shared by the participants, to answer the following key questions: How can we ensure that the use of civic technology benefits all citizens, supports democracy, and upholds human rights? How can technology solutions have a multiplier effect on inclusive governance across diverse communities? What kind of technology platforms or tools have worked well to support democracy and human rights, and what has not worked well? What are the lessons learned from each case study for other countries using civic technology tools or platforms?

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Faten Ghriss

Software Engineer, InstaDeep / Young Tunisian Coders Academy

Ijeoma Ofonagoro

Programs and Operations Manager, Reboot

Wednesday June 12, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Biscay (Palais)


Votek: e-Governance solution for participatory democracy
The session is about highlighting the importance of combining online technology within the governance and civil society sector from sharing a good case practice of an organization that succeeded in this implementation . Thus the session will be structured as the following : -Presentation of VOTEK Organization : *History : when did the organization started , the context of the idea generation . *Problem & solution offered *Vision , Mission and Target *Partners (Cynapsys , iFES, Municipalities .. ) . - Cynapsys ( GFI Tunisia ) Intervention *Presentation of GFI Tunisia part of GFI World : 20000 ees allover the world *Presentation of the CSR Strategy withing the tunisian subsidiary: the SDGs as a priority *the GFI-VoteK engagement : common objectifs : e-governance for Tunisia *Investing in the Tunisian democracy : Allocated resources, budget, time, expertise to make a success of this initiative *Dream coming true … *Tech Demo: Presenting the digital platform : Key features , the choice of the colors , layout , how it is userfriendly , tools used . -Future Plans of the Organization and a call to Partnerships . -Q&A with the audience .

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Amal Guidara

Legal Counsel and compliance Officer, GFI TUNISIE
I work in within the international legal team of GFI group (a multinational specialized in IT development) based in Paris, as the country legal advisor for the Tunisian Subsidiary of GFI GROUP .I also have always been an active human Rights defender within the Civil society in Tunisia... Read More →

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Sana Nasri

HR Director, Gfi Tunisia
- CSR Policies & UN Global Compact Program- HR Strategy and Company's Culture- Change Management

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Leptis (Laico)
Thursday, June 13


Building Platforms That Open Governments and Their Watchdogs
Building off their work in countries around the world and with tens of thousands of journalists, researchers, and ordinary people, representatives from the Freedom of Information platforms Alaveteli and MuckRock will share how they have used their respective platforms to find new ways to bring transparency to communities while also helping newsrooms and non-profits embrace transparency with their readers and supporters. The session will also be used to discuss existing and emerging challenges as NGOs use software platforms to enact social change, ranging from how to cooperate with government without being beholden to it to how to build a sustainable organization not wholly dependent on a limited number of funders.


Michael Morisy

CoFounder, MuckRock

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Gemma Moulder

Events & Partnerships Manager, mySociety
Coordinator of mySociety international conferences - including The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC), TICTeC Local and AlaveteliCon. Also working with the international community of re-users of mySociety's open-source Freedom of Information platform Alaveteli. Talk to... Read More →
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Gareth Rees

Developer, mySociety
Product management and development of Alaveteli – an open source Freedom of Information platform.Interested in talking about enabling journalists, campaigners and citizens in Europe to make greater and more effective use of their right to access information; and in particular to... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Elyssa (Laico)


Harnessing Technology for the Public Good: Improving local government performance and accountability through new technologies
Citizen engagement and improving public sector governance and accountability are major concerns for not just new democracies, like Tunisia, but older democracies that see more and more civic disengagement in public affairs. Despite the introduction of several mechanisms to engage citizens in decision making processes, participation remains low and non-inclusive, particularly for youth and working class citizens who are excluded or self-exclude from the process. So, how can we achieve good governance based on inclusive, active, and transparent public participation ? Technology provides potential tools to face this critical challenge, from disseminating information, and promoting education, consultation and dialogue to decision-making and monitoring. This session brings together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to look at how new technologies are being used and can be used to create more accountable, effective and responsive local governance. How can we harness the huge potential of new technologies to engage government, citizens, the private sector and civil society in the delivery of better local governance and services?

Technologies à l’usage du bien public – Améliorer la performance et la redevabilité des collectivités locales par le biais des technologies

L’engagement citoyen et l’amélioration de la gouvernance du secteur public sont des préoccupations majeures, non seulement pour de nouvelles démocraties telles que la Tunisie, mais aussi pour des démocraties aguerries qui voient de plus en plus le désengagement citoyen des affaires publiques. Malgré l’introduction de plusieurs mécanismes pour engager les citoyens dans les processus de décisions, la participation reste faible et non inclusive, particulièrement pour les jeunes et les classes populaires qui sont exclues ou s’auto excluent du processus. Comment donc pouvons avoir une bonne gouvernance basée sur la participation publique inclusive, active et transparente ? La technologie propose de nombreux outils potentiels pour répondre à ces défis : de la dissémination de l’information jusqu’à la prise de décision et au pilotage, en passant par la promotion de l’éducation, la consultation et le dialogue . Cette session rassemble des chercheurs, des praticiens et des décideurs politiques pour examiner comment les technologies sont utilisées et peuvent l’être pour créer une gouvernance locale plus redevable, efficace et responsable. Comment peut-on exploiter l’énorme potentiel de la technologie pour engager le gouvernement, les citoyens, le secteur privé et la société civile dans la livraison d’une meilleure gouvernance locale et de services locaux.

Thursday June 13, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
El Jem (Laico)
Friday, June 14


Striking the Right(s) Balance: ‘Open by default’ vs ‘privacy by design’?
It has never been more important to protect and promote the responsible access, protection and use of data. Fighting for access to information and protecting privacy are two sides of the same coin - both principles seek to prevent corruption, promote freedom of expression and construct solid democratic institutions that have the interests of their citizens at heart. However, recent stories that revealed how personal information can be gathered and used in secretive, highly controversial ways have further tipped the scale in favour of restricting access to information. The way governments and corporations are increasing the use of algorithmic decision-making with an extensive collection of personal data, are creating tensions between these fundamental principles. Current data rights-based legal frameworks have contradictory approaches -- while many Right to Information laws are moving towards promoting open data by default, the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union introduces specific privacy by default and by design obligation. To avoid back peddling on important strides in transparency reforms, this session seeks to unpack the intersections and conflicts across the open data and privacy camps in hopes of framing a shared vision that helps government officials navigate towards open and responsible data governance models.

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Natalia Carfi

Deputy Director, Open Data Charter

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Paola Mosso

Organisational Security Manager, The Engine Room
Paola es una periodista chilena que promueve la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas a través de la integración e interacción con la tecnología y los datos. Actualmente, Paola es Coordinadora del Programa de Transparencia y Rendición de Cuentas de The Engine Room, apoyando... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Biscay (Palais)


Co-creating Tools for Ethical Design
Designers are increasingly involved in new spaces: business, healthcare, public policy and education, and more – they are becoming engaged in projects that carry large societal impact and significant ethical implications. This is particularly important in the context of emerging technology, when questions of ethics, responsibility and inclusion are still negotiated or overlooked.
This session will be an interactive presentation to share Doblin’s approach to human-centered design, the ongoing principles of ethical design we are developing, and gather stories and input from the broader community. Using facilitation techniques meant to spur discussion and alignment, we will share our ongoing research on this topic and gather input from the community to build appropriate tools.

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Vanessa Ko

Sr Consultant, Doblin Deloitte
A human-centered designer, researcher and strategist based in Toronto, Canada.I'm passionate about the interesection of technology, UX and human rights. Talk to me about designing for impact across sectors!

Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Elyssa (Laico)