Next month, Personal Democracy Forum will be hosting PdF Europe, a gathering of leaders in technology, government, and the social sector in Europe and around the world. The conference will happen October 4 and 5 in Barcelona. If you register with the code "TSG," you can get a €50 discount off the registration fee.
In June, Becky attended PdF 2010 in New York andcoveredithere. It will be exciting to see the big ideas and themes that emerge at PdF Europe.
As Europe wrestles with the economic downturn and changes in ruling coalitions in several major countries, the time is ripe to explore how citizens, civil society organizations, and governments alike are using new, interactive communications technologies to address critical problems.
Personal Democracy Forum Europe brings together the top opinion makers, political practitioners, technologists, grassroots leaders, and journalists from across the political spectrum to network, exchange ideas, and explore how technology and the internet are changing politics, democracy, and society.
As with the first PdF Europe last year in Barcelona, the conference will consist of a mix of keynote talks during each morning plenary, a diverse mix of afternoon breakout sessions, and a final plenary panel each day — plus plenty of time for networking, meeting old friends, making new friends, and sharing ideas and projects.
We're thrilled to be hosting such speakers as Birgitta Jonsdottir (Member of Parliament and leader of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative), Marietje Schaake (Member of the European Parliament, D66, Netherlands), Alec Ross (Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. State Department), Marko Rakar (Founder of Pollitika.com, Croatia's most popular political blog), Hakon Wium Lie (CTO, Opera Software), Randi Zuckerberg (Director of Marketing, Facebook), Evgeny Morozov (author of the forthcoming book The Net Delusion: Promoting Democracy in the Digital Era), Martin Gelin (Web Strategist for Rödgrön, Sweden), and Jeremie Zimmermann (co-founder, La Quadrature du Net).