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Wednesday, May 20 • 11:20am - 12:00pm
Is there an app to save democracy?

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As we observe a renewed enthusiasm for direct citizen participation all around the globe, new tools and apps are designed to harness the energy and the contributions of the crowd. Local or global, open source or closed, these tools use social media and new protocols to bring participative democracy back to the table. But as we learned that even the most sophisticated technology will not bring viable solutions on its own, these apps give life to a "technological solutionnism" that could disappoint or be even counterproductive. How could political and civic movements use them as an opportunity to make their action more efficient, inspiring, engaging?  Will it open the door to the creation of new governments, more open and participative, or will it stay at the level of small-scaled experimentations?

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Mathieu Lerondeau

Directeur associé, La Netscouade

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Armel Le Coz

Co-fondateur, Démocratie Ouverte
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Clara Deletraz

Co-founder, Switch Collective
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Simona Levi

International Network, X.net
Multidisciplinary artist and Italian activist living in Barcelona since 1990. She is an outstanding activist in European social movements dealing with free circulation of knowledge and has actively taken part in movements for the right to housing and the use of public spaces. In... Read More →
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Clémence Pène

Digital Strategy, Mairie de Paris
Scholar in Political Science (Labtop - Paris 8 University), Clémence is an expert on digital campaigning and online activism in France and in the United States. After running Anne Hidalgo's digital campaign as her digital director in 2014, she followed the now first Woman Mayor... Read More →

Wednesday May 20, 2015 11:20am - 12:00pm CEST

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