D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating next generation democracy tools and applications that are decentralised, privacy-aware, and enhance citizens’ rights. On May 5th D-CENT will host an event discussing “Network democracy for a better city”. Joonas Pekkanen from Forum Virium Helsinki will be speaking in one of the panels, titled “Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective”. Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the D-CENT partners. 
 
The event is free of charge but requires registration via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1E2lGCw.
“Network democracy for a better city” is an event which will draw a number of high-level policy makers, academics, activists, civic society organisations, and hackers to debate the future of democratic City Governments. Together we will explore new ways of strengthening citizens’ participation in the political process presenting already existing digital tools for a more participatory democracy, and discuss how future democratic city infrastructures and governments should look like.
 
Our discussions will start from the assumption that institutions are in great need of revival since they are out of synchronization with the 21st century technologies, norms and collective aspirations. They haven’t been able to respond and adapt to the new technologies of participation, transparency and proximity, which for instance Spanish citizens demanded since the big wave of the 15-M indignados movement in 2011 that radically changed Spanish politics.
 
The crisis of political representation and legitimacy of current institutions, corruption scandals that unveiled the major political parties’ complicity with private interest, and the public disaffection with politics can be addressed by reinventing and reactivating political participation, with concrete proposals to devolve greater control and power to citizens.
 
 
Please see below a draft agenda for the event. We hope that you accept our invitation to attend our event and contribute your views, helping us shaping the next generation tools and politics for network democracy.
 
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Registration: http://bit.ly/1E2lGCw
 
 
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Proposed Agenda
 
09.30 Registration
 
10.00 Welcome and Introduction

Arnau Monterde, D-CENT and Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, IN3
 
10.10- 11.50 Panel Discussion: Democratic-common Cities vs Smart-private Cities
Chaired by Arnau Monterde
  • Gemma Galdón, Eticas Research & Consulting

  • Xabier Barandiaran, Floksociety

  • Francesca Bria, Nesta D-CENT coordinator

  • Carlo Vercellone, CES – Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne

  • Evgeny Morozov, Author and editorialist
Q&A
 
11.50 – 12.10 Coffee Break
 
12.10-14.00 Panel Discussion: Labodemo: Citizen movements’ new generation campaigns in Spain
Chaired by Miguel Arana
  • Miguel Ardanuy, Head of participation, Podemos
  • Javier Toret, Barcelona En Comú and D-CENT

  • Miguel Aguilera, Podemos Aragón and Zaragoza en Común

  • Pablo Soto, Ahora Madrid

  • Juan Moreno Yagüe, Podemos Andalucía
Q&A
 
14.00-15.00 Lunch
 
15.00-17.00 Panel Discussion: Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective
Chaired by D-CENT
  • Joonas Pekkanen, Forum Virium Helsinki and Open Ministry, Helsinki

  • Robert Bjarnason, Citizens Foundation, Reykjavik

  • Hille Hinsberg, Praxis Estonia

  • Sören Becker, Author of energy democracy in Europe
Q&A
 
17:00-18:30 Panel Discussion – New political movements for real democracy in Europe
  • Alessandro di Battista (tbc), M5S Italy

  • Andreas Karitzis, Syriza Greece

  • Daniel Ripa, Podemos Spain

  • Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Pirate Party Iceland

  • Gala Pin, Barcelona En Comú

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Venue: 
The event is organised at the CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain.
 
The event is hosted by D-CENT, Open University of Catalunya (one of D-CENT partners) and Tecnopolitica.
 
More information: dcentproject.eu / tecnopolitica.net  
 
 
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Time: 05/05/2015 – 09:30 – 18:30 – 05/05/2015 – 09:30 – 18:30
Venue: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Link: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/d-cent-event-network-democracy-for-a-better-city-jornada-d-cent-democracia-en-red-para-un-nuevo-registration-16594730285