May 29th, Friday

Conference hall “Iztok”, Burgas Free University


09:30 -10:00 Registration of participants, coffee / tea
10:00 -10:15 Opening – Welcome Addresses
10:15 -10:30 E-democracy – introduction into the topic and objectives of the conference Daniela Bozhinova, Chairperson of  BAPCI and Dr. Penka Georgieva, professor of Mathematics, BFU
10:30 -10:50 Using the internet to strengthen democracy Katrin Jacobsdottir, Member of the Alþingi (parliament), former Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland
10:50 -11:10 Ten years of Internet Voting in Estonia: Experiences and challenges Prof. Tanel Tammet, founder of the IT College in Tallinn, Estonia
11:10 – 11:30 Challenges and problems of e-democracy in Bulgaria prof. Rumen Varbanov
11:30 -12:30 Discussion  panel – Responses, Additions to the Welcome Addresses and Key-notes
12.30-13.45 Lunch break
13:45 -14:15 Development of Burgas as E-Municipality with a representative from the municipal administration Burgas
14:15 -14:45 Increasing Participation In Civil Society With The Help Of New Technologies Gunnar Grimsson  and Róbert Bjarnason, founders of Citizens Iceland Foundation, holders of European e-Democracy Award (2011) for the app “ Your priorities”
14:45 -15:15 Access to public information: Civil Audit for Active Transparency in Bulgaria –  2015″ Dr Gergana Jouleva CEO Access to public information program
15:15 -15:45 Coffee- break
15:45 -16:15 Sharing the files: A Low-Tech Approach To Improve Efficiency And Transparency” Raphael Calvelli  senior civil servant at City of Montreuil (Paris area)
16:15 – 17.15 Discussion
17:15 -17:30 Summary of the first day
19:30 Dinner (registered participants)


May 30th, Saturday

Conference hall, Burgas Free University

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee
09:30 -10:00 Liquid Lobbying: Wikimedia’s Free Knowledge Advocacy Group/ Liquid Lobbying: Crowd-sourced advocacy as a competitive advantage Dimitar Dimitrov Free Knowledge Ambassador to the EU for Wikimedia Movement
10:00 -10:30 Media Initiative – Island Smari McCarthy, Pirate Party of Iceland and Gudjon Idir, CEO International Modern Media Institute – Iceland.
10:30 -11:30 Panel: on-line media, social networks, public opinion and democracy Representatives of  Bulgarian news portals, bloggers
11:30 -12:00 Panel: E-Initiatives, E-Petitions, Direct Democracy And New Technologies
12:00 – 12:30 Closing
12:30 -13:30 Lunch
16:00 Trip to Nessebar and dinner


(Trip to Nessebar requires registration for the Bulgarian participants.)

Deadline for applications for participation in the conference and the trip 05/22/2015