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


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)
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)