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François Huguet

François Huguet is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economic and Social Sciences Telecom ParisTech (CoDesign Lab & Media Studies).

His research focuses on new forms of telecommunications infrastructure and the socio-political challenges of distributed computing architectures. It aims to highlight the new status of players in ubiquitous computing structures but also to study the development of speech on pervasive computing and decentralized and autonomous communications infrastructure.
His thesis is mainly based on an ethnography of the community without deploying wireless networks in Detroit and takes place at the intersection of sociology, STS and information science and communication.

Frédéric Bardeau

Co-founder, Simplon.co

A degree in political science and competitive intelligence, Frédéric is passionate about cyberculture, activism, empowerment and digital inclusion.

He has 15 years of experience working as a consultant, speaker, trainer and social entrepreneur, putting the power of action and innovation of the Internet at service of NGOs, associations, foundations and social economy organizations, including LIMIT, an agency specialized in responsible communication, which he founded in 2008

In 2013, Frédéric co-founded Simplon.co: a "developers factory" primarily oriented to young people from modest and minority backgrounds and diversity, especially girls with innovative social projects.

He is the author (with Nicolas Danet) of "Anonymous, can they change the world? " (2011) and "Reading, writing, arithmetic coding... ?" (2014 ).

Frédéric is married with 5 children. He and his partner, a doctor, lead a humanitarian missions with their lykemi association.

(Photo credit: Nicolas Friess)

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls Code

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization focused on introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Ms. Bryant has enjoyed a very successful professional career as a Biotechnology Engineer in a series of technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Ms. Bryant serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. In August 2012, Kimberly Bryant was also given the honor of receiving the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area with Black Girls Code, and was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology.

Dominique Cardon

Sociologist and Researcher, Orange Labs

Dominique Cardon is a sociologist at the Orange Labs' Laboratoire des usages and associate professor at the University of Marne la Vallée teacher.

His work focuses on the use of Internet and the transformation of digital public space. His recent research focuses on social networks on the Internet, forms of online identity, user-generated content and forms of online cooperation and governance.

Currently, he is conducting a sociological analysis of algorithms aimed at organizing information on the web.

Antonio Casilli

Associate Professor, Telecom ParisTech

Antonio Casilli is an associate professor of Digital Humanities at Telecom ParisTech (Paris Institute of Technology) and a researcher in sociology at the Edgar-Morin Center (EHESS, Paris).

He is the author of "Les liaisons numériques" (Ed. du Seuil, 2010) and co-author of "Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy" (Springer, 2014).

He writes on the research blog Bodyspacesociety. He is also a frequent guest on Radio France Culture.

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Armel Le Coz

Designer for Local Government, Creator of Parlément et Citoyens

A freelance designer, Armel Le Coz is passionate about strategies of open government, based on principles of transparency, participation and collaboration. He is a consultant on design and innovation for local government, associations and enterprises.

Le Coz is co-founder of Démocratie Ouverte (Open Democracy), a community where he engages in conversations on a more effective and accountable democracy. He is the creator of Parlément et Citoyens (Parliament and Citizens), a policy collaborative platform that allows citizens and deputies to work together on bills.
A member of FING (Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération), he’s particularly involved in the Innovations DémocraTIC program. He is also co-founder of parTICipation citoyenne (Citizen participation), “a toolbox of experiences and ideas” for participatory democracy.

Le Coz studied in France and Canada and he’s engaged in everything innovative in opengov, open data, collaborative economy, crowdsourcing and innovation in economic models.

Béatrice David

Director, Silicon Banlieue

After working as a strategy consultant in ICT until 2011, Béatrice David moves towards the public sector and social impact activities, at the crossroads of her personal commitments and a growing interest in "the digital society".
She focuses on digital and social issues, in particular on e-inclusion.

While familiarizing with the NGO sector, as well as with institutional players, she acquires different experiences in projects for educational and socio-economic purposes and develops a specific knowledge on social integration and models of associative actions.
Meanwhile, Beatrice has always kept one foot in the innovation ecosystem, studying new collaborative approaches, from open source to startups.
Since 2010, she has been a member of Girlzinweb, a network of professional women in ICT .

Today, Béatrice is director of Silicon Banlieue - les Bains Douches, a coworking and event space focused on digital and collaborative projects, based in Argenteuil. The space is installed in the old Roman thermal baths of the city and is developed with the support of the Ile-de- France region. You can follow what they do @SiliconBanlieue

Camille François

Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Camille François is a Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She specializes in the public policy of cyberwar and cyberpeace, and related issues in surveillance, privacy and robotics.

A Fulbright Fellow, she is also a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. There, she worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on cybersecurity and privacy, and won first prize at the Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 National Challenge in Cyber Policy. She previously worked for Google in Europe, managing cross media market research and key policy and privacy trends.

Camille holds a Master’s degree in International Public Management from Sciences-Po Paris University, and a Master’s degree in International Security from the Columbia School of Public and International Affairs. She completed her Bachelor at Sciences-Po Paris, with a year as a visiting student at Princeton University, and received legal education at Paris II - Sorbonne Universités.

Camille has been involved in a wide range of free culture advocacy projects and serves as a Digital Advisor for Libraries Without Borders, working on digital literacy and digital inclusion.
She co-organizes the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC).

In France, Camille served two years in the Parliament as a legislative aide.
Her work and opinions have been featured in media such as Scientific American, The Guardian, WIRED and the BBC.

Stef van Grieken

Technical Program Manager, Google

Stef van Grieken studied Industrial Engineering and Philosophy and describes himself as “a tech-entrepreneur and a bit of a geek.”

He currently works as a Technical Program Manager at Google. His goal is to promote civic innovation through technology.

Before joining Google, Stef founded the Dutch civic technology organization Open State Foundation. With projects such as Nu.nl Public, Hack the Government, and Apps for the Nederland, he worked on increasing public accountability and transparency, which owed him a ‘Time Magazine Top Website of 2012’ award and a ‘European Public Sector Award’.

Daniel Kaplan

National Digital Council, France; CEO, Next-Generation Internet Foundation (FING)

Daniel Kaplan, 52, is the founder and CEO of the Next-Generation Internet Foundation (FING).
FING is a collective and open Research and Development project that produces and shares novel and actionable ideas to anticipate digital transformations.

In 1986, he cofounded one of the world’s first digital communication agencies, JKLM, which he headed until the early 1990s. He then became a consultant and co-founded Proposition, a consultancy specialized in digital strategies.

Since the 1990’s, Daniel Kaplan has been deeply involved in the Internet’s development and evolution. He was VP-Membership of the Internet Society worldwide, and contributed to the creation of ICANN.
He served in the European Commission’s e-Europe’s Experts Chamber and currently serves in France’s National Digital Council. He is a member of several large companies’ Foresight Committees, and chairs the program committee of the Lift France international conference.

Mr. Kaplan has written or directed more than 25 books and public reports on the internet, mobility and ubiquitous networking, ambient intelligence, e-inclusion, e-commerce, e-education, electronic media, cities and sustainable development, privacy and digital identities.

His latest book in English is "Digital Privacy Revisited, To protect and to project", Fyp Editions, 2010

Tariq Krim

Founder and CEO, Jolicloud

A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tariq has a passion for building highly disruptive new products.
He is founder and CEO of Jolicloud, a pioneer in personal cloud computing. Prior to Jolicloud, Tariq founded Netvibes, the personal start page used by millions around the world.

A thought leader and regular speaker at global technology and media conferences, he was recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the world's "Top Innovators Under 35" (2008), by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and most recently was honored by the President of France as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Since 2013, he is vice president of the French Digital Council.

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Axelle Lemaire

Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs, French Government

Since April 2014, Axelle Lemaire is Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs in the French government.
Lemaire was elected MP in June 2012, representing the Third constituency for French overseas residents (Northern Europe) in the National Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament in Paris.

In the National Assembly, she acts as Secretary of the Law Commission and is also part of the European Affairs Committee. At the European Affairs Committee, she is rapporteur on the subject of digital economy. In fall 2013, she published a report on the European strategy for digital, and passed a unanimous parliamentary resolution on this issue.

In the National Assembly, she works the protection of fundamental rights and public freedoms, European policy, digital industries and innovation, entrepreneurship and banking regulation.
In the Law Commission, she was rapporteur of the banking law, and then responsible for the Socialist group of law transposing directives and for the international human rights group (that introduced crimes of slavery and forced labor in the criminal law). She also sponsored a law on equality between women and men.

A French and Canadian citizen, Lemaire grew up in Quebec and later moved to France. She studied Modern Literature and Political Science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and then went on to study Law. She holds a Ph.D. in International Law at King's College (London) and a Law degree at the University Paris Sorbonne.

She practiced law as an international lawyer in law firms and academic research institutes and worked several years in the British House of Commons as a parliamentary aide.

Appointed Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group France/Great Britain and Northern Ireland, she continues to maintain direct political dialogue with her British counterparts, to work for bilateral and European cooperation and friendship between our two countries .

Lemaire lived in England for 12 years. She has two children.

Matthieu Lerondeau

Associate Director, La Netscouade

Matthieu Lerondeau joined the web agency La Netscouade in 2007, as Associate Director and Head of consulting, research and strategic planning.
He is in charge of the editorial and communication strategy of the agency's clients. Part of his job is designing innovative web devices for mobilization and participation.

He is a member of the board of FING, a major think tank on digital innovation and teaches at Sciences Po Paris.

Lerondeau holds a degree from Sciences Po Paris, the top political university in France, and a M.S. in Information System Management from London School of Economics (LSE).

Diouma Magassa


Diouma is 20 years old and is a student of history.
After years of intensive literature studies, she is the author of a blog and a story titled "I was the obstacle to my success", published on Raconterlavie.fr

Pauline Miel

Co-founder, Raconterlavie.fr

A graduate at the prestigious Sorbonne University, Pauline Miel worked in several publishing houses in Hamburg and Paris. She then co-founded the website Raconterlavie.fr, an online community of writers and editors, that supports the work of unpublished authors.

Raconterlavie.fr is simultaneously a collection of books and a participatory website. Its ambition is to create the equivalent of an "Parliament of the invisibles" to counter the ill representation of all the people left behind. All hierarchies of "genres" and "styles" are abolished; raw words are considered as legitimate as writings of professionals.

Raconterlavie.fr wants to be a community for those interested in the lives of others. It calls to people to relate to other people existence and to share a community experience in order to foster a mutual understanding. By making the works of "the invisibles" known and recognized, it restores their dignity.

Valérie Peugeot


After studying Law and Political Science, Valérie Peugeot worked at the European Parliament and then for several think-tanks around issues such as European politics, globalization and information society.

In 2005, she joined Groupe Orange, where she is currently in charge of development in the Human and Social Science lab at Orange Labs. She is a researcher in the fields of Internet of things, open data, creative communities, sharing economy, privacy in digital economy.
Peugeout is also the president of Vecam, an association that explores political and social issues related to the information and communication technology, with a special focus on Commons and intellectual property. She is a member of the Board of the international cooperation association Batik International, and of the Editorial Board of Paris Tech Review.

Peugeot is also vice-president of the Conseil National du Numérique (National Digital Council), a French government advisory committee, where she is in charge of digital transition and knowledge society.
She is the proud mother of two teenagers.

Clémence Pène

PdF France Curator

Clémence Pène is an expert of Digital campaigning in France and in the United States.
As a political Scientist at the LabTop (Laboratoire Théories du Politique) at Paris 8 University, she is a member of the Research Network DEL (Démocratie Electronique) and of the ECPR Standing Group Internet & Politics.
Her current research aims at a comparison between Digital campaigns in France and in the U.S. with a special focus on transnational transfers of online organizing patterns between the two countries.

Natacha Quester-Séméon

Co-Founder, Girl Power 3.0

Natacha Quester-Séméon is entrepreneur, founder and CEO of youARhere, an agency specialized in the creation of innovative projects, websites and mobile applications in the field of culture, tourism and entertainment, as well as in digital strategy consulting and social.

Among other things, youARhere created CultureClic editor, a cultural and tourist app in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the BNF and NMR. The app has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

Evangelist of the Internet and new media since the beginning of the Internet era, Natacha is a journalist, video blogger, columnist and radio entrepreneur.
Established in 2003, her blog MemoireVive.tv was one of the very first video blog in the world. It was accredited media by political parties in 2007.

In 2007, she co-founded Girl Power 3.0, a group that aims at encouraging the presence of women in the tech, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Claire Richard


After studying Literature, Claire publishes "Politiques de la littérature, politiques du lien".
She then focuses on new media studies at New York University and earns a master with a thesis on "Serendipity by design", under the direction of Helen Nissenbaum.

New media journalist, she collaborates with Square Canvas, Philosophy Magazine, Neon, Din and FutureMag.

She is now working on the translation of "Alone Together", by the MIT media anthropologist Sherry Turkle MIT.
She recently completed an essay-fiction about the disappearance in the world of surveillance, which will air on Arte radio at the end of 2014, as part of an interactive project on digital identity.

Nicolas Sadirac

Director, 42

Nicolas is passionate about teaching and is one of France's main actors of the "active learning" field. Noting that "learning by doing" is a source of pleasure and fosters a superior performance among students, in 1999 he created and led Epitech, an enterprise that became the epitome of excellence for IT learning in France.

A fierce opponent of an educational system he knows by heart (he studied at Henri IV, Stanford, EPITA HEC) but that failed to reinvent itself and identify the true digital talents, Nicolas looks further with the creation of 42. 42 is free school open to all talents, but also a peer-to-peer school with no limits in its future development.

As part of the international hacking world and founder of companies specialized in computer security, Nicolas invites young people to work on the borders: being non-aligned to power, disruptive, highly committed to sharing.

Nicole Sanchez

CEO, Vaya Consulting

Nicole Sanchez was, until very recently, Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact (Kapor Center), an organization relentlessly pursuing creative strategies to leverage tech for positive, progressive change.

For the past 20 years, she has been a serial entrepreneur, having founded several organizations focused on social justice issues. She is now the CEO of Vaya Consulting, a firm teaching tech companies how to recruit, retain, and promote diverse talent.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. After graduating from Stanford, Nicole spent several years at City Year, building a US-based “domestic Peace Corps.”
She then returned to Stanford and helped build the Stanford Center on Ethics, where she co-founded “Hope House Scholars,” bringing Stanford professors to teach humanities to recently-incarcerated women in the local community. Nicole also founded an organization teaching American students about global poverty alleviation and yet another working on American “achievement gap” issues in public schools.

Nicole is the mother of two, and lives in Berkeley CA.

Elizabeth Schneider

Research Associate, ESPE, Université de Caen Basse Normandie

Elizabeth Schneider has a Ph.D. in geography and is research associate on information science, communication and science education.

She is now Project Manager in "Pedagogy and digital media" for ESPE, at the University of Lower Normandy.
Her research focuses on how teenagers use digital media and their interaction with both traditional and technological tools. She also studies teen culture and issues related to learning and identity, with an etnographic approach.

A member of GRCDI (Group for Research on Culture and the Teaching of Information), and ANR TRANSLIT (search transliteracy), she wrote her thesis on adolescent scriptural economy and contributed to the book Num Culture under the direction of Hervé le Crosnier.

Benoît Thieulin

Chairman, France National Digital Council; CEO and Managing Director, La Netscouade

Benoît Thieulin is the founder and managing director of the industry-leading Digital and Social Media Agency La Netscouade (www.lanetscouade.com). In 2013, he was appointed chairman of the official Conseil National du Numérique / French Digital Council.

As a social web expert, Benoît Thieulin has been an active witness of the deep changes introduced by the digital revolution in communications and society since the beginning of the 2000s.

As managing director of La Netscouade, Benoît Thieulin takes part in designing innovative communications platforms making a creative use of social media for Government, Media and corporate communications. He recently contributed to the design of the the French Government open-innovation platform Faire-Simple.gouv.fr. Benoît was one of the creators of Mediapart.fr, a leading collaborative independent online media, and now focuses on the interactions between social media and TV. He is advising several private companies on their digital transformation strategies.

In 2007, Thieulin directed the presidential candidate Ségolène Royal’s digital campaign. As a member of the think tank Terra Nova, Benoît played a key role in a 2009 mission aiming at fact-finding innovation in the US presidential campaign.
Former manager in the French Government’s digital communications, he played a critical role in helping the Prime Minister’s services to shift to social media practices.

Benoît teaches Empowerment through technology in the Paris Institute of Political Science Sciences Po.

Nicolas Vanbremeersch

CEO, Spintank

Nicolas Vanbremeersch is the founder and CEO of Spintank, an online corporate and public communication agency.

He is a famous French blogger, known as "versac", author and columnist for Les Echos, Slate.fr, France Culture, BFM TV.
He is the author of "De la Démocratie Numérique", an essay on how the web is changing politics (Editions du Seuil, 2009)."

Astrid de Villaines

Journalist, LCP

Astrid de Villaines chronicles politics with a digital approach at La Chaîne parlementaire (LCP), a French television network responsible for broadcasting activity from the National Assembly of France (LCP) and the Senate of France (Public Sénat).
She also works at and Radio Classique and writes at Lcp.fr.
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