The conference will consist of plenary sessions and workshops.  The specifics of the workshops are being determined.  In the meanwhile, details about the plenary speakers can be found here.  Fore more information on the conference format, please click here.

Monday, March 11

8:00 Am


9:00 Am


Larry Diamond, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

Vivek Srinivasan, Program on Liberation Technology, Stanford University

Tanja Aitamurto, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

9:30 Am

Getting Information Providers Ready for Transparency & Citizen Engagement 1

Chris Vein, World BankOpen innovation: Creating the next generation of government

Ethan McMahon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Environment Protection Agency’s efforts at opening data and increasing citizen engagement

John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation

Open Government and Public Discourse: Realignment through Transparency

Luke Heemsbergen, University of  Melbourne

Political shifts away from secrecy: Towards a typology of radical of transparency

10:45 Am


11:05 Am

Getting Information Providers Ready for Transparency & Citizen Engagement 2

NICHOLAS SKYTLAND, National Aeronautics and Space Agency

NASA’S Open Government Initiative


Opening up the World Bank – Access to Information and Open Data

RAJESH VEERARAGHAVAN, School of Information, UC Berkeley

Bureaucracy, information and software patches

12:10 Pm


  1:00 Pm

Technologies for Transparency and Citizen Engagement in Cities

JUAN-PABLO VELEZ, Open City Project

Open city project in the City of Chicago

SHANNON SPANHAKE, City of San Francisco

Innovation for the City of San Francisco

WHITNEY SMITHERS, The City of Calgary

Our city, our budget: City of Calgary


  2:00 Pm

Monitoring Critical Institutions

FINNUR MAGNUSSON, CTO, Icelandic Constitution Council

How to write a constitution in the 21st century


Constitution Making in the Open?  Transparency in the Icelandic Experiment

LAUREN KUNIS, National Democratic Institute

Small small – Challenges and lessons learned in integrating new communication strategies and technology into West African Legislatures

LAWRENCE REPETA, Meiji University

Online archive of government record related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster

JONIDA CALI, Egovlab, Stockholm University

Enhancing transparency in decision-making through eDemocracy in Botswana: The Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Intiative

  3:15 Pm

Transition and Coffee

  3:30 Pm

First Workshop Slot (Predetermined)

  5:15 Pm

Report from Workshop Leaders

  5:30 Pm

Pitching for Workshops on Day 2

  6:30 Pm

Dinner & Mixer


Tuesday, March 12

8:00 Am


  9:00 Am

What Happens Between Access to Data and Action

ALISSA BLACK, New America Foundation

Participatory Budgeting: Illuminating Public Decision Making

DAVID HERZOG, Missouri School of Journalism

Data driven journalism

ALEXEY SIDORENKO, Teplitsa of Social Technologies

Innovations by Teplitsa of Social Technologies, Russia

ISSA PLA, Institute of Legal Research, Unam

Information poverty and the right to acess public information. A capabilities related issue

KATRIN VERCLAS, National Democratic Institute

Monitoring Ghana’s election

KOEBEL PRICE, National Democratic Institute

Enhancing citizen participation through ICT

LILIANA BOUNEGRU, European Journalism Centre , University of Amsterdam

Sourcing practices in data journalism – Guardian, NYT and Pro Publica

10:20 Am

Technological Platforms & Tools for Transparency and Citizen Engagement

DJORDJE PADEJSKI, Center for Investigative Reporting, UC Berkeley

FoIA Machine


Online FoI requests in developing countries

ADITYA VASHISTA, Technologies for emerging markets group, Microsoft Research India

Building and deploying voice forums for information access and transparency


Checkdesk – Developing citizen journalism in the Arab Region


HTML5 as an open platform for mobile software development and distribution

CAMILLE CRITTENDEN, Data and Democracy Initiative, UC Berkeley

The Rashomon Project: Social video as a tool for transparency

10:45 Am

Coffee available while session continues

11:00 Am

Legal Challenges to Technology and the Right to Information

PAIVI TIILIKKA, University of Helsinki

Access to information as a Human right in the case-law of the ECtHR

TIMOTHY VOLLMER, Creative Commons

Public Access to Publicly Funded Resources: It’s about time

ENRIQUE ARMIJO, Elon University School of Law

Kill switches, forum doctrine, and the First amendment’s digital future

12:00 Pm


12:30 Pm

Second Workshop Slot

  2:15 Pm

Barriers to Expression & Participation

DAVID CARAGLIANO, National Democratic Institute

Real names and responsible speech: The cases of South Korea, China, and Facebook

MINA RADY, Department of Political Science, MIT

Anonymity networks: Platforms for emerging cyber international conflict

BILL THIES, Technologies for emerging markets group, Microsoft Research India

CGnet Swara: A voice portal for citizen news journalism in rural india

CRISTIAN ZAPATA, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) Brasil

Transparency and Open Data in the classroom

LINDSAY BECK, National Democratic Institute

Political organizing in closed societies: Belarusian Parliamentary elections of 2012

  3:15 Pm

Coffee Break

  3:30 Pm

What Does This All Amount to: Assessing the Impact of Transparency

DANIEL POSNER, Department of Political Science, MIT

Does information lead more active citizenship? Evidence from an education intervention in rural Kenya

GUY GROSSMAN, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Does information technology flatten interest articulation? Evidence from Uganda

JEREMY WEINSTEIN, Department of Political Science, Stanford University

Policing politicians: Citizen empowerment and political accountability in Uganda

  4:30 Pm

Winding Up & Debriefing

  5:00 Pm

Conference Ends