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Each year, public policy students from Europe’s top institutions gather in a European city for the European Public Policy Conference (EPPC). This unique conference brings together future policy-makers, political leaders, regional experts, and scholars to address contemporary challenges facing Europe in the modern age. The ninth annual conference will be held in Prague from April 21 to April 23, 2017. Previous conferences have been hosted in Athens, Istanbul, Budapest, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, and Ljubjana. This year's conference is organized in conjunction with the Hertie School of Governance, the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, and the International Policy and Leadership Institute.

Topics

As nearly every aspect of life becomes digitalized, democracy faces new challenges and opportunities in the current information age, and recent political and societal events have demonstrated the tremendous impact of technology on domestic and international affairs. Read the EPPC2017 Democracy in the Digital Age
Position Paper here

VOTER ALIENATION AND THE POTENTIAL OF DIGITAL PARTICIPATION
Explores the potential benefits and risks of the use of technology to drive citizens’ participation in politics and in the democratic process. Learn more about this topic here.
INFORMATION AND THE SHAPING OF CITIZENS PREFERENCES
Analyzes the consequences and the potential dangers of “social-media silos” that greatly influence the current political discourse. Learn more about this topic here.
SECURITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Discusses current and future security challenges associated with an ever-increasing reliance on computers in political and economic affairs, as well as the balance between regulation and censorship. Learn more about this topic here.

Friday


17:00-18:30: Registration
18:30-18:45: Introduction from EPPC Chair
18:45-19:30: Opening Keynote Address
19:30-21:00: Poster Presentations and Cocktail Hour

Saturday


9:00-10:00 Light Breakfast (provided)
10:00-11:30: Panel Discussion: Digital Participation & Media
11:30-12:00: Coffee break

12:00-13:30: Workshop 1
13:30-14:45: Lunch (provided)
15:00-16:30: Workshop 2

16:30-18:00: Workshop 3
18:00-18:30: Info session on social event (optional)
*Social Event*

Sunday


9:30-10:00: Coffee
10:00-11:00: Interactive session: Ethical Hacking
11:00-12:00: Seminar: Human Rights in the Digital Age
12:00-12:30: Coffee+Snacks
12:30-13:30: Panel: Open Data and Security
13:30-14:00: Closing

Speakers

Amb. Antonio Martins da Cruz

Amb. Antonio Martins da Cruz

International Policy Leadership Institute

Ambassador da Cruz has held a long and distinguished career in both diplomatic service and as a policy maker in Portugal. His extensive experience includes service as foreign affairs advisor to the Prime Minister of Portugal and head of the Diplomatic department of the Prime Minister's office. Ambassador da Cruz has also held distinguished positions as Portugal's Ambassador to NATO and Spain. In 2002, Ambassador da Cruz was both Foreign Minister of Portugal and served as the Chairman-on-Office of the OSCE.

    Brian D. Loader

    Brian D. Loader

    Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication

    Brian D. Loader is a political sociologist and Co-Director of the Centre for Political Youth Culture and Communication (CPAC) at the University of York, UK. His academic interests are focussed around social relations of power in a digitally mediated world, including social media and democratic politics.

      Elisa Lironi

      Elisa Lironi

      European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

      Elisa has developed and currently leads ECAS’ Digital Democracy agenda by implementing EU projects and research studies. One of her most recent publications includes the “Potential and Challenges of E-Participation in the EU” for the European Parliament and she is currently working on research projects on crowdsourcing at the EU level and on EU online public consultations.

        Steffen Staab

        Steffen Staab

        Universität Koblenz-Landau

        Steffen is professor for databases and information systems at Universität Koblenz-Landau where he founded the Institute for Web Science and Technology. He also chair of the International Web Science Trust Network.

          Paula Forteza

          Paula Forteza

          CEO-jailbreak.paris and President of OGPToolbox.org

          Paula Forteza is CEO at jailbreak.paris, a digital transformation agency and President of OGPToolbox.org. Before, she worked at Etalab, the French Prime Minister’s taskforce for Open Data, Open Government and Data Science, on public innovation at the government of the City of Buenos Aires and developed fashion and gastronomy projects as an entrepreneur.

            Vincent Toms

            Vincent Toms

            Ethical Hacker

            Vincent Toms is an "Ethical Hacker," cyber security consultant, and co-founder of GDI. Foundation. He has over a decade of experience with the Dutch Ministry of Defense focusing on IT Security, Governance, and Risk & Control.

              Victor Gevers

              Victor Gevers

              Ethical Hacker

              Victor Gevers (also known as 0xDUDE) is also an "Ethical Hacker" and senior security specialist working as innovation manager for the Dutch Government. He specializes in network, mobile, and web application security. He is also co-founder of GDI.Foundation.

                Nikola Schmidt

                Nikola Schmidt

                CHARLES UNIVERSITY

                Nikola Schmidt currently teaches cyber security and space security graduate courses at Charles University. After attending the Space Studies Program organized by the International Space University in 2015 in Athens, United States, he focused on the political questions of planetary defense and is currently editing a book on Planetary Defense against Asteroids and Comets. His academic interests vary from the theory of securitization – especially the question of just securitization – to governance of global threats to human survival and the role of technology in governance of these essential global questions.

                  Sebastian Popa

                  Sebastian Popa

                  Mannheim Center for European Social Research

                  Sebastian Adrian Popa got his PhD form the Central European University in 2015. He previously worked as a research fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim. His research interests cover topics such as: political behavior in a comparative perspective, the study of public opinion using Social Media,political knowledge, European Parliament elections, and the genetics of political behavior. His work was published in scientific journals such as: Party Politics, European Union Politics, Journal of Communication, Electoral Studies, and Politics & Gender.

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