D-CENT Event: Network democracy for a better city

| 9:30-18:30
Venue: CCCB - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, C/Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona
D-CENT event

(Picture: Xavier Valls)

D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating next generation democracy tools and applications that are decentralised, privacy-aware, and enhance citizens’ rights. D-CENT is trying to change the decision-making processes and makes it easier for citizens and social movements to participate in the political process and change things.

On May 5th we will host the D-CENT event under the theme “Network democracy for a better city”. The event will take place in Barcelona at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

Registration & programme, information also in Spanish:

This event 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 dive into new ways of strengthening citizens’ participation in the political process presenting already existing digital tools for a more participatory democracy, and discussing 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 the 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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The event is free of charge but requires registration via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/1E2lGCw.

The event is hosted by D-CENT, Open University of Catalunya (one of D-CENT partners) and Tecnopolitica.


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 (presentation: Gemma Galdon 5 May 2015)
– Xabier Barandiaran, Floksociety
– Francesca Bria, Nesta D-CENT coordinator
– Carlo Vercellone, CES – Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne (presentation:Carlo Vercellone, 5 May 2015, Barcelona)
– Evgeny Morozov, Author and editorialist


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
– Matias Nso, Kuorum.org


14.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-17.00 Panel Discussion: Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective

Chaired by Fabrizio Sestini (presentation:Fabrizio Sestini, 5 May 2015)

– Joonas Pekkanen, Forum Virium Helsinki and Open Ministry, Helsinki
– Robert Bjarnason, Citizens Foundation, Reykjavik (presentation: Robert Bjarnason 5 May 2015)
– Hille Hinsberg, Praxis Estonia (presentation:Hille Hinsberg 5 May 2015)
– Sören Becker, Author of energy democracy in Europe (presentation: Sören Becker 5 May 2015)
– Marcelo Branco, InforLibero, Brazil


17:00-18:30 Panel Discussion – New political movements for real democracy in Europe

Chaired by Pablo Gerbaudo

– Silvana Denicolo, 5SM Italy
– Andreas Karitzis, Syriza Greece
– Daniel Ripa, Podemos Spain
– Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Pirate Party Iceland
– Gala Pin, Barcelona En Comú

More information:

dcentproject.eu / tecnopolitica.net/
@dcentproject / #DCENT

Registration and programme in theEventbrite page, information also in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1E2lGCw


The event is organised at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain.

Read more: 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

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