In light of the upcoming European Parliament elections, and numerous other national elections scheduled for 2019, the EDPS is facilitating a conversation between data protection authorities, electoral regulators, audio-visual regulators, media & platforms in the fight against online manipulation of personal data in elections.
Programme of the event.
The event will be live streamed.
Liz Carolanis a data, transparency and governance expert. In 2018, during Ireland’s referendum on abortion, she founded the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a civil society project that built the first real-time open database of online political advertising. This enabled extensive scrutiny of both the campaign and of Ireland’s outdated election financing and campaign governance rules. Liz also works advising governments and organisations on open data and governance, having worked for the Institute for Government, the Africa Governance Initiative and the Open Data Institute.
Fabro Steibel is a post-doc, affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, and a member of the Global Council of the World Economic Forum. He is an Independent Researcher (IRM) at the Open Government Partnership in Brazil, a fellow in open government by the Organization of American States, a postdoctoral fellow at the United Nations University, and a visiting researcher at the University of California San Diego. Fabro is the executive director of ITS Rio.
Iveta Kazoka is the director and senior researcher of Centre of Public Policy Providus. Providus has been the leading public policy think-tank in Latvia since 2002. Iveta’s own areas of expertise are the following: standards of good governance, citizen engagement, strengthening of political parties and integrity of elections. During 2018, Providus collaborated with other organisations in Latvia to protect Latvia’s elections against disinformation and foreign interference, as well as developed an innovative voting-advice application in cooperation with public broadcasters. In addition to developing policy studies and analytical articles, Iveta has organised and facilitated public discussions, and developed new formats for in-depth conversations on challenging issues. Before joining Providus, Iveta worked for the Ministry of Justice of Latvia.
Judith Duportail is a freelance journalist. She writes about love, freedom and how technology affects the previous two. How your smartphone changes the way you think, how Tinder changes the way you interact with people and how Facebook looks at you changing to provide targeted advertising. She writes in English and French for The Guardian, Aeon, Slate, Philosophie Magazine, Le Temps, Les Inrocks, etc. She collaborates with digital NGO’s such as Tactical Tech for research papers.
Maurice Turner is Senior Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring the internet remains open, innovative and free. Supporting work across all of CDT’s programmatic areas, Turner focuses on the Election Security and Privacy Project identifying and updating election cybersecurity practices and infrastructure, and working through potential remedies. Turner brings a unique mix of formal education and practical work experience in technology and local, regional, and national policymaking to the Internet Architecture project. After receiving a bachelor’s in political science from Cal State Fullerton, he went on to earn a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California focusing on emerging communication technologies, privacy, and civic engagement. In addition, he holds a graduate certificate in cybersecurity strategy from Georgetown University.
European Commission DG COMM, Special Eurobarometer 477, Democracy and Elections