Speakers at PdF Europe 2009

Kate Albright-Hanna
David All
Richard Allan
José M. Alonso
John Aravosis
Julian Assange
Diego Beas
Markus Beckedahl
Ernest Benach
Sindre Fossum Beyer
Diego Bianchi
Karina Brisby
Dominic Campbell
David Cierco
Stephen Clark
Pilars Conesa
Marta Continente
Alberto Cottica
Javier Cremades
François Derbaix
Vincent Ducrey
Esther Dyson
Anna Ebbesen
Ricard Espelt
Mick Fealty
Mindy Finn
Matthew Fraser
Antoni Gutierrez Rubí
Anthony Hamelle
Astrid Haug
Felipe Heusser
Scott Heiferman
Jordi Hereu
Paul Hilder
Ilyse Hogue
Tim Hood
Bente Kalsnes
Charles Leadbeater
Marc López
Rolf Luehrs
Liz Mair
Matthew McGregor
Ellen Miller
Steve Moore
Andreas Müllerleile
Antonella Napolitano
Heidi Lunde Nordby
David Osimo
Tiago Peixoto
Hector Perez
Dominique Piotet
Francis Pisani
Susan Pointer
Francisco Polo
Tom Pursey
Andrew Rasiej
Ghislaine Robinson
Amanda Rose
Joe Rospars
Rafael Rubio
Rishi Saha
Marietje Schaake
Daniel Schmitt
Matt Scofield
Grigory Shvedov
Micah Sifry
Ravi Singh
Antonio Sofi
Tom Steinberg
Benoit Thieulin
Jack Thurston
Nicolas Vanbremeersch
Katrin Verclas
Marc Vidal
Bruno Vilarasau
Chris Ward
Tom Watson
Clo Willaerts
Jon Worth
Oliver Zeisberger
Jeremie Zimmerman

Kate Albright-Hanna
Obama '08 Video Director
USA

Kate joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as the Director of Video for New Media in the spring of 2007. By the end of the campaign, her team had produced over 2,000 videos, which ranged from thirty-second spots to twenty-minute documentaries.

Prior to the Obama campaign, Kate produced and directed documentaries for CNN Presents, winning Emmys for her work on “The Enemy Within” and “The Struggle for Islam.” Her 2004 documentary about the Dean campaign, “True Believers,” was also nominated for an Emmy.

Most recently, she served as Content Lead for the Presidential Transition Team’s website, Change.gov, and as a New Media consultant to the White House Office of Health Reform and the Department of Health and Human Services.

She joined VBS.TV, an online documentary website, in April 2009 and currently serves as the Managing Editor.

Kate received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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David All
President, David All Group
USA

David All is the President of the David All Group (davidallgroup.com), a modern grassroots communications firm. He was humbled when FastCompany tapped him as one of its "Top Five Trust Agents who are Changing the Face of Twitter" in 2009. In October 2008, he was honored to be named one of the "Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics" by PoliticsOnline and the World e-democracy Forum in Paris, France. He lives in Washington, DC and spends quite a bit of time on Twitter @DavidAll.

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Richard Allan
Director of Policy, Facebook EU
UK


Richard Allan joined Facebook in June 2009 to lead the company’s public policy work in Europe. He was previously European Government Affairs Director for Cisco and has been an academic visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute.

In April 2008 the Cabinet Office appointed Richard as Chair of the Power of Information Task Force to improve the government’s use of data. The Task Force completed its work in May 2009 with a report which was welcomed by the UK Government.

Richard was elected as Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam in 1997 and re-elected in 2001 before giving up his seat in 2005. Richard specialised in technology issues in Parliament.

Between 1991 and 1997 Richard worked as an IT professional in the NHS designing and building cross-platform management information systems.

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José M. Alonso
Director eGovernment, CTIC/W3C
Spain

José is currently the eGovernment Lead at W3C. Prior to joining W3C, José was the Manager for the W3C Spain Office for three years and also served as the Advisory Committee Representative for CTIC (host of the Spain Office).

José has broad experience in project management, software integration, customer relationship, PR and IT consultancy. He received Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Masters degree in Enterprise Application Integration, both from the University of Oviedo, where he also worked at its Research and Innovation departments as a researcher, developer and lecturer. He also worked previously as consultant and even founded his own Web company back in 1997.

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John Aravosis
Americablog
USA

John Aravosis is a Washington, DC-based writer, political consultant, and blogger specializing in using the Internet for politics. He is the editor of AMERICAblog.com, one of America's top progressive political blogs, with 300,000 unique visitors per month. John has a joint law degree and masters in foreign service from Georgetown, and his writing experience includes working as a stringer for the Economist magazine. Washingtonian magazine’s annual “50 Best Journalists” issue named John one of “journalism's rising stars, those likely to have a major impact in coming years.” John has also been honored as one of the “Out 100,” and as one of the fifty “most powerful gay men and women in America.” John’s policy experience includes stints in the US Senate, the World Bank, and the Children's Defense Fund. John is also an occasional TV pundit, and has appeared on CNN, ABC, MSNBC and more. John speaks five languages and has given lectures about the Internet and politics (in English, French, Spanish, and Italian) in France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Morocco, Indonesia and Cote d'Ivoire.

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Julian Assange
Cofounder, Wikileaks
Australia


Born in Australia to a touring theatre family, Julian attended 37 schools and 6 universities. As a teenager he became Australia's most famous ethical computer hacker. Later, in the first prosecution of its type, he defended a case in the supreme court for his role as the editor of an activist electronic magazine. He was instrumental in introducing the internet to Australia and co-founded Australia's first free speech ISP. He also founded the 'Pickup' civil rights group for children. A prolific programmer and consultant for many open-source projects and his software software is used by most large organizations and is inside every Apple computer. He was the co-inventor of 'deniable cryptography' a system used protect human rights workers from torture. He studied mathematics, philosophy and neuroscience. He has broken stories in most major venues, travelled extensively and has been a subject of several books and documentaries. He is also the co-author of Underground published by Random House.

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Diego Beas
Author of the forthcoming book, "The Reinvention of Politics: Obama, the Internet and New Media"
Spain

Since 2000, Diego has been writing about the economic, political and social importance of America, at the intersection of academic rigor and journalistic spontaneity. Why America? For two reasons. Because the country represents the most audacious, revolutionary and unique political project in history—more than 200 years after its conception it still maintains the same vigor and radicalism—and because, now more than ever, America remains what unashamedly Madeleine Albright once called the “indispensable nation”. Put simply, the last century cannot be understood without America.

His background includes a master in Security Studies at King’s College London and in Journalism at El País newspaper in Madrid. Since 2006, he has written Route 66, a weekly column on America and its impact on world affairs. In the last few years, his research has focused on the way information technologies affect the political process—his forthcoming book, The Reinvention of Politics: Obama, the Internet and New Media, focuses on this subject.

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Markus Beckedahl
Blogger, Netzpolitik.org
Germany


Markus Beckedahl is the founder of netzpolitik.org, the most-linked blog in the german blogosphere. He is a partner at newthinking communications, a berlin-based company working on open source strategies and digital campaigns. Markus is the host of re:publica, germany's biggest social media conference and helps Creative Commons as the public project lead in germany.

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Ernest Benach
President of the Catalan Parliament
Catalonia/Spain


Ernest Benach was the founder of Nacionalistes d’Esquerra (Nationalists of the Left), a political movement for which he stood as candidate at just 20 years of age in the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia in 1980. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1992.

On taking office as president of the Parliament of Catalonia on 5 December 2003, Ernest Benach stated: “At this solemn moment I vindicate the need to practise politics with passion, with conviction and with the maximum dedication and coherence, but I also vindicate, with all the utmost conviction, words and dialogue as the foremost tools for work in our political relationship.”

Three years later, on the day of his election for the second consecutive time, Benach went a little further: “The path we have to follow in order to define the country of which we dream, the new Catalonia in the globalised world, has only just begun to be plotted, and this House must become anew the meeting point of the Catalan nation and a space of reflection and debate. This reflection must necessarily be serene, open and participative”.

Since 1987 the militancy of Ernest Benach in ERC has been uninterrupted. Constantly linked to the Reus Development Centre, later he was also to become the president of the Inter-County Federation of Tarragona, as well as ERC’s secretary for Municipal Policy, secretary for Parliamentary Policy and Vice Secretary General for Institutional Policy. At present he is a member of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya’s National Council, National Executive, and Permanent National Management.

Ernest Benach was elected a Member of Parliament for the first time in 1992. He was the second secretary of the Presiding Board of the Parliament of Catalonia in the 6th legislative period and part of the 5th, in which he chaired the Commission for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Over the course of these years he has been a member of the commissions for Cultural Policy, Social Policy, Information Society, Organisation and Administration of the Generalitat and Local Government, Study of the Situation of Youth in Catalonia, Study of the Immigration Policy in Catalonia, Study of AIDS, and Study of the Problems of Rural Life in Catalonia, among others.

He has participated as a rapporteur in the drafting of laws such as those on the promotion and protection of popular and traditional culture and of cultural associationism, the cultural heritage, the creation of the Institute for the Development of the Ebro Counties, the restructuring of the regulation of the public function of the Generalitat, the audiovisual programming distributed by cable, and the protection of health, among others.

He was elected president of the Parliament of Catalonia for the first time on 5 December 2003, thereby likewise becoming the president of the commissions for Regulation, Internal Governance, and Parliamentary Control of Credits for Reserved Expenses of the Administration of the Generalitat.

From October 2004 to October 2005 he was the president of the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies (CALRE) and in 2006 he chaired its working group on parliamentary techniques and new tools of participation. At present he chairs the working group on subsidiarity.

On 17 November 2006 Ernest Benach was elected president of the Parliament of Catalonia for the second time, on which occasion he expressed the following wish: “May we be capable of listening to one another. May we be capable of listening to the people and of understanding what they demand of us. May we be capable of turning words into deeds, and will into action.”

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Sindre Fossum Beyer
Director, Information Dept., Norwegian Labour party
Norway


Sindre Fossum Beyer is political adviser to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg . He has been Director of Communications of the Norwegian Labour Party since 2007. He holds a Masters degree in management and has a background in business and humanitarian work. He served as Secretary General of the Young European Federalists between 2001 an 2002.

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Diego Bianchi
Blogger
Italy


Diego Bianchi is one of the first Italian blogger and videoblogger, also known by his nickname Zoro.

His videos, mixing satire and information, quickly gained the attention of the mainstream media in early 2008, right before the national political election. His peculiar political reporting made him popular expecially in the left-leaning public opinion and in the Italian Democratic Party and ended up being part of a national tv program.

A longtime web content manager for Excite Italia and Europe, Diego is also a columnist in national newspapers and currently hosts an online talk show where he interviews famous politicians and journalists.

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Karina Brisby
Head of Digital Campaigns, Oxfam
UK

Karina Brisby has been working with digital technologies since 1996, with a range of community groups, charities and corporations, in her native Australia and around the world. Karina was working within the video and radio sector when she realized the potential of internet technologies to enable people to inform themselves, and then influence the issues they are passionate about.

Since 2004, Karina has lead the campaign and advocacy digital strategies for Oxfam, as the Head of Digital Campaigns for Oxfam GB, where she has focused on supporting global efforts to end poverty and injustice, such as; Make Poverty History, Stand Up Against Poverty, Control Arms and In My Name. As well as innovating how Oxfam and its allies use digital communications tool and techniques to influence and communicate about key moments such as the G8, UN, G20 and Climate Summits.

Inspired by the growing influence of the blogsphere, this year Karina founded the Voice Project, which launched with G20Voice, in London and now continues with ClimateVoice and G20Voice Pittsburgh which enables bloggers to gain access to influential events and people in the same way as traditional media.

Currently, Karina is inspired by the adaptive and creative uses of mobile phone technologies in African countries, and is hatching plans with global partners to enable even more people to make their voice heard and join the fight to end poverty and injustice.

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Dominic Campbell
Founder, FutureGov
UK

Dominic is a digital government and social innovation entrepreneur with a background in policy, communications and engagement. He is founder of FutureGov, a consultancy working in the areas of digital democracy and public service transformation, and co-founder of Enabled by Design, a dot org social start up working to transform assistive equipment.

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David Cierco Jimenez De Parga

Spain

Currículo Vitae

1. Experiencia laboral

  • Director General para el Desarrollo de la Sociedad de la Información del Gobierno de España (Madrid 2006 - )
  • Asesor del Ministro de Industria Turismo y Comercio en Nuevas Tecnologías (Madrid 2004- 2006)
  • Responsable del PSOE de la Sectorial de Sociedad de la Información (Madrid 2005 - )
  • Responsable del área de Ciencia y Tecnología en Economistas 2004. Grupo Asesor del Psoe. (Madrid 2003 – 2004).
  • Responsable de Consultoría en Banca Electrónica en el Grupo Analistas Financieros Internacionales. (Madrid 2000 – 2003)
  • Responsable en el Departamento de Inversiones Internacionales – Área Telecomunicaciones en Ahorro Corporación (Madrid 1997-2000).
  • Responsable de Clientes Europeos de productos estructurados, Renta Fija, en Intercapital ltd (Londres 1994 - 1997)
  • Asesor en Planificación Financiera de ICL - Fujitsu (Londres1992-1994)

2. Formación

  • Master en Análisis Económico y Sectores Regulados
  • 2002 -2003 UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID

  • Master en Finanzas
  • 1997-1998 Instituto de Postgrado ICADE (Madrid)

  • Curso en Inversión Financiera
  • 1994-1995 London Business School (Londres)

  • Licenciado en CC Económicas y Empresariales y Diploma en Business Studies por la Universidad de Bradford (Inglaterra)
  • 1987-1992 Complutense – Bradford University (Madrid y Bradford)

  • Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement Francais
  • 1972-1987 Liceo Francés

3. Idiomas

  • Inglés: Nivel hablado y escrito alto
  • Francés: Nivel hablado y escrito alto

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Stephen Clark
Head of Web Communication, European Parliament
Belgium

Stephen Clark has been head of web communications in the European Parliament since 2007. He is in charge of a multilingual team which covers the activities of the Parliament for the general public on its website and using an expandng range of online platforms. With his team he was also responsible for the Parliament's recent online communications campaign on the European elections, which saw the first large scale use of the social media by a European institution.

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Pilar Conesa
CIO and eGovernment Director of the Barcelona City Council
Spain

Currently, she is holding the position of "CIO and eGovernment Director" of the Barcelona City Council since October 2007, being under her responsibility eGovernment and Information Systems areas.

Ms. Conesa has held for more than 15 years different management positions at ICT companies and public organizations at both national and international level, being her former position as General Director for Public Administration and Health in T-Systems (Deutsh Telekom group) the latest one. Ms. Conesa was also involved in Barcelona Olympics'92 organising committee. Lately, she has been contributing as External Quality Evaluator of Catalan Universities.

Ms. Conesa is a Master in Computer Sciences from Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Besides, she successfully completed the Business Management program of IESE, one of the most prestigious Business Schools across Europe.

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Alberto Cottica
Project leader, Kublai, Ministry of Economic Development
Italy

Music and social sciences have always been my main interests. Unable to decide between the two, I decided to pursue both and ended up a strange mixture of folk-world musician and economist interested in human creativity as a development engine.

As an economist, I set myself the goal of contributing to building an economy propelled chiefly by human intelligence – creativity, innovation, culture – rather than physical resources or the exploitation of man over man and nature. I am convinced that this model can emerge from the “perfect storm” under way in the digital economy, and that the creative industries are a good place to watch it from and, just maybe, to help it unfold. I have chosen to represent the general interest rather than a single company’s: I am interested in public policy as intelligent participation in collective choice. I work a lot on social networks, both physical and online, as a tool to design and deploy policies. At the moment I am project manager for the Development Policy Unit of the Italian government’s Ministry for Economic Development on the issue of art and creativity as economic development tools. I head Kublai, the first 2.0 project of the Italian central government.

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Marta Continente
General Director for Citizen Attention at the Generalitat of Catalonia
Spain


Marta Continente has a degree in Economic and Business Sciences from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). She has also studied for a degree in Physics. She is currently the General Director for Citizen Attention at the Generalitat of Catalonia. In May 2006, she was appointed to the post of Secretary for Telecommunications and the Information Society, a post which she held until November 2006.

From February 2004 to May 2006 she held the post of General Director for Citizen Attention. Prior to this, she worked at the Barcelona City Council (1993-2003) as Director of Communications and Citizen Attention Services, and she was Director of Internet at the same City Council. Here, she also worked as Deputy Manager of the Catalan Culture Institute of Barcelona and was in charge of the economic promotion and coordination of the Poble Sec Strategic Plan in the district of Sants-Montjuïc.

She worked for the Spanish Government (1987-1993) as Executive Councillor to the Minister of Culture and as Technical Director of the Catalan Youth Agency.

Marta Continente began her professional career in the public administration in 1983, as Director of the Youth Agency in the Santa Coloma de Gramenet City Council.

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Javier Cremades
Author of "Micropoder"
Spain


Practicing lawyer since 1993. Chairman of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo, one of the most renown law firms in Spain with offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Zaragoza, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Lisboa with more than 100 lawyers. PhD in law of the Universidad de Regensburg (Alemania).PhD in law of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). Professor of the programs of the Third Cycle at the University Pablo Olavide of Sevilla, UNED and the University of Carlos III in Madrid. Member of the Governing Board of the Bar Association of Madrid.< Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Minority Shareholders in Traded Companies –AEMEC–. Member of the Advisory Board for Electronic Management of the Public Administrations Ministry. Chairman of the Notarial Observatory for the Information Society, considered to be one of the most relevant think-tanks on the matter in Spain. (www.notariado.org). Chairman of the Madrid Online Forum for the Information Society, a group of 200 experts that has elaborated the White Book of the Information Society in Madrid. (www.foromar.org). Chairman of the Club Málaga Valley e-27, formed by 27 chairmans of the main international telecoms companies, with the objetive of making Málaga a reference of New technologies in Europe. Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Telecommunications Law -since 1995-. Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil–Spain -since 2003-. Editorial Coordinator of Diario 16, columnist, editorialist and member of the Editorial Board. Frequently collaborates in several types of media (El País, ABC, El Mundo, A3TV), giving his opinion on the matters that are his speciality. Coordinator of the book collection “Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones” published by Editorial La Ley. Member of the Editorial Board of the magazines “Revista Española de Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones”, “Revista de la Contratación Electrónica”, “Revista de la Administración Pública (Buenos Aires)”. Secretary of the Board of Directors of numerous Spanish and multinational companies. Secretary General of the Association of Chinese Commercial Companies in Spain -since 2003-. Arbitror of the Arbitration Court of Madrid (Chamber of Commerce of Madrid) -since 2003-. Professor of Constitutional Law for more than ten years at the UNED, at the Pontificia de Comillas University in Madrid-ICADE (in the program E-3) and the University of Carlos III in Madrid.

Counsel, from 1993 to 1997, of the Latvian government for constitutional and practical issues related to the program PHARE of the European Community. In 1997 he has counselled the Polish government, also related to the program PHARE, in matters of audivisual and telecommunication regulation . In 1998 and 1999 he was counsel for the Lithuanian and Latvian governments in matters of audiovisual law. In 1996, as expert in Telecommunication Law, he was invited by the government of the U.S.A. to study the reality of telecommunications in that country. In April of 1997 he was also invited by the government of Canada for the same purpose.

In 1993 he was Visiting Scholar of the University of Stanford (U.S.A.).

Author of many monographs and scientific articles in Spanish, English and German, his topics of investigation have been centred around the following themes: “Freedom of Expression”, “Parliamentary Monarchy” and "Telecommunications”.

Coordinator of the first Master in Telecommunication Law at the Postgraduate Institute and Continuous Formation of the ICAI-ICADE (Pontificia de Comillas University in Madrid) since 1997, at the Institute for Stock market Studies since 2004. Coordinator of the Master in Energy Law at the Superior Institute of Energy since 2002. Author of dozens of scientific legal articles and, among others, of the following books:


  • "Gesellschaftsrecht in Spanien”, Jehle-Rehm, Munich, 1992.

  • “Das Grundrecht der Meinungsfreiheit in der spanischen Verfassung” , Duncker & Humblot, Berlín, 1994.
  • “Los límites de la libertad de expresión en el ordenamiento jurídico español” , La Ley, Madrid, 1995.
  • "Arbeitsrecht in Spanien", Jehle-Rehm, Munich, 1996.

  • "Derecho de las Telecomunicaciones", La Ley/Actualidad, Madrid, 1997.
  • "La Liberalización de las telecomunicaciones en un mundo global” , La Ley/Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid 1999.
  • "Código de derecho de las telecomunicaciones y legislación audiovisual” , Madrid, 2000.
  • “El Paraíso Digital” Plaza & Janés, Barcelona, 2001
  • “El Planeta Internet”, Arguval, Málaga 2001.
  • “Régimen Jurídico de Internet”, coordinator with Rafael Illescas and Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, y author. Editorial La Ley, Madrid, 2002.
  • “Artículos 30 a 33 del libro “Comentarios a la Ley General de Telecomunicaciones", of Eduardo García de Enterría and Tomás de la Cuadra-Salcedo, Civitas, Madrid, 2002.
  • “La nueva ley de Internet”, coordinator and author. Editorial La Ley, Madrid, 2003.
  • “Comentarios a la Ley General de Telecomunicaciones”, coordinator with Jaime Rodríguez-Arana, and author. Editorial La Ley, Madrid, 2004.

He has taken part as the director, referee and lecturer in numerous congresses and juridical seminars on topics of his your speciality.


Member of the Young President Organisation, The Internacional Bar Assotiation, Illustrious Bar association of Madrid, the Chamber Spain-Israel and the Chamber Portugal-Spain.

Member of the Corporate Board of the Panamerican University (México). Honorary member of the Bar Association of the Federal District of Venezuela.

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François Derbaix
Commercial Engineer from the Université Catholique de Louvain
Belgium


François Derbaix is Commercial Engineer from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium, 1997). In 2000 he founded Toprural.com (rural tourism website in Europe), since 2003 he is participating in various on-line businesses based on users reviews (Rentalia.com, 11870.com, Vinogusto.com, ...). In 2009 he co-founded Voota.es, website with users reviews about politicians and political parties. Voota is an non-profit and open source project. Currently seeking volunteers too launch Voota in other countries.

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Vincent Ducrey
New Media Advisor, Government of France
France


After a successful entrepreneur career in France, Vincent turned to politics in 2007. He joined Nicolas Sarkozy's Internet team during his successful 2007 campaign for the Presidency. During the campaign, Vincent focused his work on online mobilisation and influence. He was among the first to set up a presence on social network sites for politician leaders.

In March 2008, Vincent was asked to join the Private Office of the French Government spokesman. Vincent has been involved in a range of new government media initiatives including, in January 2009, helping to set up the "New Media Advisers Club”.

In january 2010, Vincent is publishing his first book, "HUB Management", based on his wide practical experience and research. Using the HUB concept, Vincent introduced a new framework to “maximise global influence in real time". Vincent introduice his method at the '09 PdF conference in New York, and at the Google “Air du temps” conference in Paris last october.

Vincent, 31, has an international background. He has lived in England and Brazil and now lives in Paris. He is also an amateur photographer.

Vincent holds a Master in Business Engineering.

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Esther Dyson
EDventure.com
USA


Esther Dyson began her serious career as a fact-checker for Forbes Magazine, and recently wrote an article about citizen journalists as fact-checkers [Link]. She's a passionate advocate of transparency in business, government and media. More practically, she does business as EDventure, investing in emerging companies, markets and technologies, including commercial space flight and personalized medicine. She spends most of her time nurturing the companies she has invested in; she sits on the boards of some of them, including 23andMe, Airship Ventures, Boxbe, Eventful, Evernote, IBS Group, Meetup, Voxiva, WPP Group and Yandex. She also sits on nonprofit boards including the Eurasia Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Sunlight Foundation (devoted to government transparency). She recently spent six months in Star City outside Moscow, training to be a cosmonaut as backup to space tourist Charles Simonyi..


Anna Ebbesen
Founder, Radikale.net
Denmark


Co-author of ”Listen to the Elephants – A practical approach to Digital communication” and strategic consultant at Advice Digital. Anna has previously worked as Head of Press at the Social Liberal Party at the Danish Parliament, where she founded radikale.net – the first social network developed for at political party in Denmark.

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Ricard Espelt
Co-Founder of Nuestracausa
Spain


Co-Founder of Nuestracausa. Web communicator and teacher of arts & communication.

Graduate in Fine Arts (specialising in Design) at the University of Barcelona. Councillor of New Technologies and Economic Promotion in the town council of Copons and vice-president of the Consortium of the Alta Anoia. In this local area , Ricard is the person behind the projects Copons 2.0 and Your Alta Anoia, which investigate new forms of government and promotion of the territory with the participation of the local citizens.

www.theplateishot.com is the place on the web which brings together all the information related to the projects as well as the fields of work and learning.

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Mick Fealty

Ireland

Mick Fealty is the founding editor of the award winning Slugger O''Toole blog which takes a largely Northern Irish perspective on politics and culture on the island. He also writes a politics blog for the Daily Telegraph, and is a regular contributor for the Guardian's trend setting Comment is Free site.

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Mindy Finn

USA

Mindy Finn jumped on the Internet bandwagon nearly a decade ago, well before online politics was cool. Starting as a journalist where Finn’s tech-savvy and youth led her to the new media department, Finn quickly transitioned to politics where she experienced firsthand how the Internet was changing the process from Capitol Hill to the race for the White House. Now Finn has inspired the next generation of leading techno-politicos.

Most recently, she served as the Director of “e”Strategy for the Mitt Romney for President campaign. In her role on the Romney campaign, she directed the effort to maximize technology and the web to best communicate the candidate’s message, raise money and mobilize a strong base of support. Tactics included web video, social networking, blog outreach, user-generated content gathering, email list building and online advertising. Through her team’s efforts, the campaign was recognized for such innovative efforts as Sign Up America!, MittTV, mini-Mitt, the Create Your Own Ad contest, and the Five Brothers’ Blog, and for bringing in over $25 million over the Internet.

In 2007, Finn was selected by Campaigns & Elections as a Rising Star in American politics and chosen as a fellow for the Institute of Politics, Democracy and Internet at George Washington University. She was profiled in a cover story for The Washington Post as part of its Political Operatives series and featured in Glamour magazine’s story on 10 political powerhouses under 40.

During the 2006 election cycle, Finn served as Director of New Media & Technology for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, where her job also included guiding the campaign’s use of microtargeting to contact and turn out key voters. Finn was recognized by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for being the Republican’s best cyber campaigner in the nation and recognized by PoliticsPA.com for being one of Pennsylvania’s most accomplished political operatives 26 and under.

Helping to jumpstart the first eCampaign department at the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2005, Finn, as Deputy Director, developed email programs that led to unprecedented responses in a non-election year, managed the website content for a highly, interactive grassroots-focused new GOP.com and hosted a popular online video series called Off the Record.

In 2004, the stellar communications and grassroots operations executed by Bush-Cheney ’04 relied heavily on the eCampaign, where Finn served as Deputy Webmaster. Both the RNC and Bush-Cheney ’04 won Golden Dots for their superior websites during Finn’s tenure.

Finn blogs at TechPresident.com and theNextRight.com, and at NPR’s Sunday Soapbox, where she provides general election insights, often taking her talk to the radio on Sunday’s Weekend Edition with Liane Hansen.

She has appeared on Hardball, PBS’ the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, C-SPAN, BBC Radio and several local networks speaking about the role of new media and technology in the political process.

Finn loves to meet new people in the space, develop her craft and perhaps pass on some words of wisdom. Thus, she has proudly been a featured speaker at the Politics Online conference, the Personal Democracy Forum, Kellog’s Media Management Center at Northwestern University, the New Politics Institute at University of Texas, and the AAPC, among others, since 2005.

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Matthew Fraser
Adjunct Professor, American University of Paris
France


Matthew Fraser is a social media strategist and author with widely recognised expertise on the impact of Web 2.0 networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on consumer behaviour, market trends, marketing, management issues, politics and e-government.

A Senior Fellow at the INSEAD business school in France, Dr Fraser also teaches at the American University of Paris and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He is the author of several books, including Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World (2008). Dr Fraser regularly speaks at conferences and before corporate executives around the world on Web 2.0 issues. He was the keynote speaker at the recent Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston in June.

A British citizen who grew up in Canada, Dr Fraser has long experience as an academic, journalist, consultant, and policy adviser. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist at The Globe and Mail and National Post, and subsequently was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the National Post. He also co-hosted a prime-time national television show, “Inside Media”, on Canada’s public network, CBC.

He completed graduate studies at the London School of Economics, Oxford University (Nuffield College), Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, where he earned a doctorate in political science.

He currently lives in Paris, France.

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Antoni Gutierrez Rubí
Public and political communication consultant
Spain

Public and political communication consultant. Director of a strategic communication consultancy that, for more than 25 years, has been offering its services to businesses, administrations, and social and political organizations. Member of key professional associations such as ADECEC (Asociación de Empresas Consultoras en Relaciones Públicas y Comunicación, Association of Public Relations and Communication Consultancy Businesses), ACOP (Asociación de Comunicación Política, Association of Political Communication), and DIRCOM (Asociación de Directivos de Comunicación, Association of Communication Managers). He carries out his work in Spain and in Central America, where he is advisor for presidents and heads of ministers. Teacher for the communication masters of the following universities:

University of Miami, Universidad de Navarra, Universidad Carlos III, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo and Universitat Progressista d’Estiu de Catalunya. Regular contributor to the newspapers El Periódico de Catalunya, El País, Público, Expansión, Cinco Días and the North American newspaper “NY Al Día”. He promotes the virtual communities eDemocracia and Responsabilidad Global. He has published the book “Políticas. Mujeres protagonistas de un poder diferenciado” (Female politicians. Women playing a leading role in a differentiated power), edited by Ediciones El Cobre and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, within the collection Planta 29 and under public domain license. The last book is “Lessons from Brawn GP” edited by Alienta Editorial (Planeta).

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Anthony Hamelle
Linkfluence
France

Anthony Hamelle is VP for opinion & market research at linkfluence, a social web research agency observing trends and analysing the spontaneous opinions expressed in blogs, forums, social networks, ... with offices in France, the USA and Germany. linkfluence has built a solid reputation analysing online political debates and campaigns in North America and Europe. Previously head of the corporate communications department of Occurrence, an independent research agency based in France, and a public affairs and corporate communications consultant with Euro RSCG C&O, Anthony Hamelle holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and is associate lecturer in New Media at Université Paris IV Sorbonne (Celsa).

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Astrid Haug
Co-author, "Digital Communication"
Denmark

Astrid Haug, the co-author of "Listen to the Elephants - digital communication in practice" (with Anna Ebbesen, in Danish, 2009). She is a chief press officer at Copenhagen City Hall, and before that for the Social Liberal Party at the Danish Parliament. In 2004, she worked at John Kerry's presidential campaign in New York.

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Scott Heiferman
Founder of MeetUp.com
USA

Scott Heiferman is Co-founder and CEO of Meetup, an organization dedicated to 21st century local community organizing. Millions of people, in over 100 countries, now use Meetup.com to self-organize local community groups of all kinds, with thousands of Meetups (real community meetings) happening daily.

Meetup is now self-sustaining, growing fast, and pursuing a long-range goal of a "Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything" which would lead to everyone having access to a local community group when needed. Meetup is primarily a technology operation, with a team of 60 based in NYC. Investors include eBay, Allen & Company, Omidyar Network, DFJ, Union Square Ventures, Esther Dyson, and others.

Previously, Heiferman co-founded Fotolog, currently a top social network in South America, and i-traffic, a top online ad agency in the 90s. He graduated from The University of Iowa, then work at Sony as their "Interactive Marketing Frontiersman". Scott is an angel investor and advisor to startups including Betaworks, which is an investor in Twitter.

Scott received the Jane Addams Award from the National Conference on Citizenship and was named the MIT Technology Review 2004 "Innovator of the Year". His notes are online at http://scott.heiferman.com

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Jordi Hereu
Mayor of Barcelona
Spain

Jordi Hereu i Boher has been Mayor of Barcelona since 8 September 2006.

In 2003, he was nominated Sant Andreu District Councillor and the City Councillor for Safety and Mobility. From April 2006, until he was elected Mayor, he was the Council Executive Spokesperson and Fifth Deputy Mayor, Councillor for Mobility, Councillor for Citizen Participation, Solidarity and Cooperation, and Gràcia District Council Chairman.

Jordi Hereu was re-elected Mayor of Barcelona in June 2007 after winning the local elections.

The priorities he has set out for the current term of office, which finishes in the spring of 2011, can be summed up in three core concepts: cohesion, creativity and capital city.

Social and territorial cohesion means ensuring a level of welfare and quality of urban life for every citizen and every one of the 73 neighbourhoods that make up Barcelona, on the basis of hard work and fairness and through active policies on education, social care, housing, amenities and services. Creativity is the defining characteristic of a Barcelona fully equipped for generating economic growth, excelling in key areas like innovation, research, new technologies and culture. Capital of Catalonia is something inherent. It means a close link between Catalonia and Barcelona, the motor of Catalonia's development. This requires a leap forward in infrastructures and urban renewal, and resources to match its aspirations and potential. A leap forward that strengthens Barcelona's position at the core of the metropolitan area and as an essential model for the whole of Spain.

Jordi Hereu understands political action in terms of its proximity to the interests, problems and desires of the people and believes it is based on certain values too. His own words are revealing in this regard: “Cities that develop are sustained by certain collective values that are the essence of life in society and ultimately determine their strength. Liberty, equality, solidarity, dialogue, coexistence, respect, trust: these are the values that define and describe Barcelona.”

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Felipe Heusser
Founder, Smart Citizen Foundation
Chile


Felipe is the Founder and Director of the Smart Citizen Foundation (Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente), a Latin American NGO based in Chile that promotes Transparency and Accountability through citizen participation and web 2.0. Based on successful experiences in Europe and the US. www.votainteligente.cl is one of the first interactive platforms in Latin America to provide information and web tools which allow citizens to account Government and politicians.

Felipe has work experience from both NGO and Public Sector where he has been Director of Legal Affairs for the NGO Un Techo para Chile, Lawyer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chile), and Senior advisor for the Vice-Minster of Labour (Chile).

Felipe is a researcher in the fields of Transparency, Freedom of Information, and Accountability policies. He is a Lawyer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is currently a PhD Candidate in the Government Department (LSE). Recently, Felipe has been featured as one of Chile's 100 young leaders (El Mercurio, Revista el Sábado, Rank 100 young leaders: 2009).

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Paul Hilder
Campaign director, Avaaz.org
UK

Paul Hilder is campaign director of Avaaz.org, the global web movement launched in 2007 which has since grown to 3.5 million members worldwide. Avaaz members take action together globally, regionally and nationally on issues including climate change, conflict in the Middle East, human rights and the economic crisis, and often campaign at the Europe-wide level. Previously, Paul co-founded the international affairs website openDemocracy.net and served on its board of directors. In the UK, he initiated and ran several campaigns and initiatives, including a consortium programme on citizen empowerment and local governance at the Young Foundation. He has worked on private diplomacy and conflict resolution in the Middle East, and in the European context. He is the author most recently of Contentious Citizens: civil society campaigning for progressive social change (Carnegie, 2007).

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Ilyse Hogue
Director of Political Advocacy and Communications, MoveOn.org
USA


Bio coming soon.

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Tim Hood
Founder and CEO of Yoosk.com


Tim is Founder and CEO of Yoosk.com, a social media platform that enables direct conversations between the general public and politicians and other leaders. Working in partnership with national and local media and broadcast companies, online community groups and professional organisations, Yoosk aims to provide an infrastructure for clear and constructive dialogue from every sector of society. Public figures use Yoosk to facilitate public consultation; adding value to engagement campaigns by managing dedicated Yoosk channels between government figures and audience groups. Yoosk is partly funded by Channel 4's 4IP Fund and its clients include The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and The Ministry of Justice.

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Bente Kalsnes
Communications Advisor to Origo.no
Norway

Bente Kalsnes is Communcation Advisor at the Norwegian internet company Origo.no, a platforms for innovative online communities. Before moving back to Norway, she was a technology reporter based in Brussels for three years. She has a Master of Arts degree in communcation technologies from Georgetown University's Communication, Culture and Technology program (CCT). She is one of the founders of techPolitics.eu, a Brussels-based consultancy company in the intersection between politics and technology. You can read her blog at http://bentekalsnes.wordpress.com and you can follow her on Twitter at @benteka.

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Charles Leadbeater
Author, "We Think"
UK


Charles Leadbeater is an ideas generator and strategic adviser to corporations and governments all over the world. He is also former Prime Minister Tony Blair's favourite corporate thinker.

The New York Times voted his idea of the Pro- Am economy one of the most innovative of the last ten years.

He writes regularly for the Financial Times and has written a number of books including ‘Living on Thin Air’ and ‘Up The Down Escalator: Why The Global Pessimists Are Wrong’. His next book We-think: the power of mass creativity, was published in March 2008.

Charlie was listed by GQ magazine as one of the 30 Most Powerful Men in the United Kingdom, in 2003 Accenture, the global management consultancy, ranked him one of the top management thinkers in the world, and in 2007 the Financial Times rated him the innovation expert in the UK to follow.

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Marc López
Co-Producer of the Personal Democracy Forum in Europe
Spain

Marc López is Co-Producer of the Personal Democracy Forum in Europe. He has a degree in Political Science. He is a social and political entrepreneur always working to promote better connections between citizens and politics. He is the founder of NuestraCausa, a social network that promotes collaborative governance. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Catalunya-Europa Foundation, a think-tank that focuses on how to promote a cross-national debate about European policies.

In the past he spent some years working in the field of politics and public administration. In 1999 he was elected MP of the Catalan Parliament and in 2003 he became the Chief of Staff for the Minister of Agriculture of the Catalan Government, position that he held until November 2005.

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Rolf Luehrs
Coordinator, Pan European eParticipation Network
Germany

Rolf Luehrs is heading the department Interactive Communication at TuTech Innovation GmbH which is focused on social media use and eParticipation for cities, governments and public administrations. Rolfworks for more than a decade in the fields of social science, technology assessment and online research. Since 2008 he is the co-ordinator of PEP-NET.eu, the most dynamic eParticpation network in Europe.

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Liz Mair
Former RNC Online Communications Director, and Online Strategist
USA

Liz Mair is an online communications expert, new media adviser, political consultant and blogger. She serves as Vice President for Hynes Communications, focusing on communications and political strategy.

During 2008, Liz served as Online Communications Director at the Republican National Committee, where she led an aggressive and groundbreaking online media outreach effort aimed at electing John McCain, Sarah Palin and Republicans across the country. In her work for Hynes Communications, she utilizes that experience, her extensive knowledge of the blogosphere, new media, and politics generally and diverse array of media contacts to further client objectives.

Liz is also a sought after guest speaker, having presented on a diversity of new media topics at conferences including CPAC 2008, BlogHer 2008, and the 2009 Personal Democracy Forum. She has also guest-commentated on BBC radio, CNN, CNN.com, C-SPAN, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, the Lars Larson show and countless other radio shows across the country and around the world.

Born and raised in Seattle, Liz lived in the United Kingdom for ten years. There, she earned an MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and attended law school, ultimately practicing corporate law in the City of London for three years. Liz also holds a certificate in Political and Social Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

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Matthew McGregor
London Director, Blue State Digital
UK


Matthew joined BSD in September 2008 to set up our London office. He has over ten years experiences of political campaigns, both in party politics and in advocacy campaigning.

Matthew's experience includes work for Ken Livingstone's 2008 Mayoral campaign, for trade justice advocates War on Want, for TULO, the coalition of Labour supporting Trade Unions, and others.

In 2006-7, Matthew managed Jon Cruddas' deputy leadership campaign, which won Channel 4's prestigious 'Political Campaign of the Year' award.

Outside the UK, Matthew has worked across the EU and America, including the Swedish referendum on joining the euro in 2003. As well as running online campaigns, Matthew has extensive press experience, developing media strategies for campaigns. He has had articles published in the Guardian, FT, Independent Mirror and New Statesman among others.
At Blue State Digital, Matthew covers business development for the UK and Europe, represents the company at events, and acts as a strategist for clients as varied as the Hope not Hate campaign, the Communication Workers Union, TATE galleries, and Fianna Fail.

Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of Sheffield. Although he enjoys work, he'd always rather be watching Norwich City.

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Ellen Miller
Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation
USA

Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two other prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics -- the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign -- and a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism. Ms. Miller’s work has recently been featured in Washingtonian Magazine (“100 Tech Titans,” May, 2009), Fast Company, (“The Most Influential Women in Technology,” January, 2009), WIRED Magazine (“15 People The Next President Should Listen To,” October, 2008), The Chronicle of Philanthropy (“Seeking Online Exposure,” January, 2008). Ms. Miller also served as Deputy Director of Campaign for America's Future, the publisher of TomPaine.com and a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. She blogs regularly at SunlightFoundation.com.

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Steve Moore
Director, Reboot Britain
UK

Steve is founder and Director of Policy Unplugged and Moore Media. Steve is a curator and has consulted widely across the UK media, innovation and public policy fields. Steve is an adviser to Channel 4 and is on the board of Gemin-i, Leapanywhere and Brightwide. Steve has organised over 100 conferences in the past five years including, Reboot Britain, the 2gether Festival, 2morro and Web 2.0 for Good.

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Andreas Müllerleile
Blogger, Kosmopolito.org
UK

Andreas Müllerleile is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR) at Loughborough University (UK). As 'Kosmopolit he has been blogging on EU politics for several years. (www.kosmopolito.org) Andreas is one of the founders of bloggingportal (www.bloggingportal.eu), an aggregator of blogs about EU affairs. He was also the chief editor for the first European blogging competition (elections.thinkaboutit.eu), On twitter you can follow him @kosmopolit or on skype: 'andreas.muellerleile'

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Antonella Napolitano
Social Media Consultant with a Specialization on Political Communication
Italy

Antonella Napolitano is a social media consultant with a specialization on political communication. She is currently consulting and coordinating volunteers for UDC, a moderate Italian party, and writes for several magazines. In the past she served as a community manager for Kublai, a project of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, and worked at the Consulate of Italy in New York. She's co-founder of Micromacchina, a nonprofit association that works on enhancing citizens participation. She graduated in Media Studies (M.A.) at University of Bologna (Italy) and was Research Fellow at Vassar College.

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Heidi Lunde Nordby
Community manager at ABC Startsiden
Norway

Heidi Nordby Lunde is a community manager at ABC Startsiden, the most used web portal in Norway, as well as being an active blogger. Since starting out blogging in 2005, she has become an outspoken voice in the public debate as a commentator on both social media and political issues, appearing regularly in debates on television and radio, in addition to working as a co-host in a television talkshow for women. She was met with apprehenvise expectations when she joined the Conservative party, and is currently working on consolidating her reputation as a rebellious troublemaker...

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David Osimo
Managing Partner, Tech4i2 Ltd.
Italy


David Osimo has 15 years experience on innovation and ICT policy, at regional, national and European level. He joined in 2008 Tech4i2 as director after working from July 2005 to June 2008 in the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, where he was coordinating research activities on future e-government. He is one of the leading European experts on web2.0, which he researched since 2005. His blog egov20.wordpress.com has a large following in Europe and abroad. He recently managed the JRC IPTS research project on Social computing and its implications for future public services’; and the first European gathering of web2.0 initiatives in public services, on March 16th 2009, at the ePractice “eups20” event , and the drafting of the Open Declaration on Public Services which is presented officially at the Ministerial Conference on eGovernment in Malmo.

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Tiago Peixoto
European University Institute
Italy


Tiago Peixoto is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) . His main research interests are related to identifying factors that contribute to successful policies aiming at reinforcing political participation, such as the role of institutions in participatory engineering or the use of information and communication technologies on democratic processes. He has been involved in pioneering work concerning Participatory Budgeting and on e-democracy experiences at the local level funded by the European Commission. He has worked as a consultant on governance policies for different international organisations such as the World Bank, United Nation and the OECD. Tiago is also also a research coordinator of the Electronic Democracy Centre in Zurich and advisor to the Brazilian House of Representatives' e-Democracy project.

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Hector Perez
Founder, Partido de Internet
Spain


Héctor Pérez is a Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. In 2008 founded Arpamet, an open source web videoconference for ecommerce.

At the end of 2008 he launched a simple idea, the Partido de Internet, a political party whose representatives will vote at the Congress of Spain, as well as in the European Parliament and in other chambers of representatives, what citizens vote through the Internet in each moment.

Instead of proposing a direct democracy, the Partido de Internet will allow citizens to elect a "virtual" representative or even a traditional political party so that their Internet vote will be delegated by default. But citizens will be able to participate and directly vote when they are in disagreement with their representative.

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Dominique Piotet
CEO of RebellionLab
USA/France


Dominique Piotet is President and CEO of RebellionLab, a consulting company dedicated to digital strategy. Dominique is also a journalist and a writer. He is a monthly columnist in the French economic newspaper La Tribune, a keynote speaker in conferences for IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft…and a co-presenter of “L’Atelier numérique”, a French weekly radio show dedicated to new technology. He is the co-author with the French blogger Francis Pisani of an award winnning book, “How the web is changing the world”, published in 2008 in French and in Spanish.

He holds a Masters degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Masters degree in economics from La Sorbonne.

Dominique lives in San Francisco.

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Francis Pisani
Columnist, El Pais; Blogger, Le Monde
Spain/France


Bio coming soon.

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Susan Pointer
Director of Public Policy for Europe, Middle East and Asia, Google
UK


Susan is Director of Public Policy and Government Relations, European Middle East & Africa, for global online search company Google Inc. - a role she has held since early 2008. Susan is based in London.

Prior to joining Google, Susan spent just over 6 years (Dec. 2001 - March 2008) as Director of European Public Policy and Government Relations for online retailer and sales platform, Amazon.com, based for 5 years in Brussels and subsequently in London.

From January 1998 to December 2001, Susan headed the Policy Unit of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Brussels, and acted as Permanent Delegate to UNICE (now Business Europe), the European business association. During this period, whilst covering the full range of policy issues of interest to European business, Susan took a particular interest in consumer protection policy and the emerging regulatory framework for the internet and e-commerce - hence a subsequent move to Amazon.com to pursue these interests further.

Prior to joining the CBI, Susan worked as Parliamentary Researcher to Dr. Caroline Jackson MEP in the European Parliament, establishing a Policy Office for Dr Jackson in Brussels (1994 - 1998); she also combined this 1994-1995 with working as a researcher for a UK Parliamentarian in the House of Commons.

1992 - 1994 Susan worked as a Research Editor for the European Affairs-focused Publishing Company, Europe 2000, responsible for drafting educational materials about the EU, its policies and industries for schools and colleges.

Susan has a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Bath in the UK in European Studies and Modern Languages (French and German), graduating in 1992.

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Francisco Polo
Founder and CEO, YoPolítico.org
Spain


Francisco Polo is Founder and CEO of YoPolítico.org, the new Spanish grassroots organization that helps people to join forces with other citizens who don't want to be mere spectators of the political process.

He is the author of one of the most influential political blogs in Spain counting thousands of readers. As a result he was chosen to edit The Great Guide to Blogs 2008 (La Gran Guía de los Blogs 2008) a 500 pages full color publication about the situation of blogging on the Spanish blogsphere.

Francisco Polo is also known for organizing the campaign "Di No a las Bombas de Racimo" (Say No to Cluster Bombs) that in 2007, together with hundreds of bloggers, forced the Spanish Government to stop producing these illegal weapons.

Since May 2008, he works at PSOE, the party that holds Government in Spain, where he is now in charge of the design and implementation of its national online strategy. He was also in charge of the national online strategy for PSOE during the Election for the European Parliament 2009 where PSOE became the first European political party that opened a Social Network for their affiliates.

Prior to joining PSOE, Francisco worked as a consultant on dynamic social networks innovation at Sociedad de las Indias Electrónicas, where he worked with companies, institutions and political parties of Europe and Latin America.

He has wide knowledge on public affairs and political strategy due to his intense experience in political lobbying and activism. It was not by chance that he became Coordinator of Amnesty International Barcelona at the age of 20.

Francisco has a Degree and Masters Degree in Law from the World Class Law Faculty of ESADE, graduating in 2005.

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Tom Pursey
Product Marketing Manager for YouTube in Europe
Spain/France


As a Product Marketing Manager for YouTube in Europe, Tom Pursey has accrued experience with multiple online video campaigns in the political field, including working with non-profit organisations, multi-national institutions such as the World Economic Forum, and on election projects with Google and YouTube in many European markets.

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Andrew Rasiej
Personal Democracy Forum
USA


Andrew Rasiej is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and Founder of Personal Democracy Forum, an annual conference and community website focusing on and promoting the intersection of politics and technology. He is also the co-founder of techPresident, an award winning group blog that covers how the 2008 Presidential candidates are using the web, and howvoter generated content (a term he coined) is affecting the campaign. In the 2004 Presidential race he served as Chairman of the Howard Dean Technology Advisory Council. In 2005 he ran a highly visible campaign for Public Advocate of New York City, running in the Democratic primary on a platform to bring low cost wireless internet access to all New Yorkers.

He writes a bi weekly column for www.politico.com and he appears as an expert on the Internet and politics major media and major international news outlets.

Mr. Rasiej along with his partner Micah Sifry are also senior technology advisers for the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington D.C. based organization that focuses on using technology to expose corruption in Congress and facilitates citizen engagement and oversight.

Mr. Rasiej is the founder of www.MOUSE.org (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education), an educational nonprofit organization started in 1997 to connect public schools to the internet. Mouse is active in over 100 public schools in New York City and has programs based on its student led tech support model operating in over 20 countries around the world.

Mr. Rasiej is a co-founder of www.mideastwire.com, which is a Beirut based news service which translates opinion pieces from newspapers in all 22 Arab countries, Iran, and the Arab media Diaspora and makes them available over the web to English speaking governments, corporations, media, and educational institutions.

In the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, Mr. Rasiej helped organize local technology professionals to provide relief and recovery to small businesses and schools in lower Manhattan. Soon after, he proposed the creation of a National Tech Corps that would augment the National Guard and provide emergency technical, communication, and database support in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist strike. This idea, now called NetGuard, was approved in a bill by the US Senate by a vote of 97 to 0 and is now being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Rasiej is a member of the Board of Directors of www.poptech.com an annual social innovation conference. He serves on numerous advisory boards for technology firms and various not for profit organizations. He is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and past recipient of the prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship Program administered by the New York City Partnership. He lives and works in New York City where also is a founding partner in Ed’s Lobster Bar, the purveyor of New York City’s best Lobster Roll.

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Ghislaine Robinson
Web Coordinator, Party of European Socialists
Belgium


Ghislaine Robinson is Head of the Communications Unit at the Party of European Socialists (PES). She is responsible for the PES website, its publications and events. She worked on the strategic planning of the PES European Elections Campaign 2009. Ghislaine has launched European campaigns such as “Gender Pay Gap, shut it!”. Before joining the PES in 2005 she was responsible for sections of the website of the European Institutions (www.europa.eu – the world’s biggest public sector website) with the challenge of communicating simply to a large audience. Ghislaine’s previous experience includes project management, training and teaching. She holds masters degrees in international relations and history.

The Party of European Socialists brings together 33 socialist, social democrat, labour and progressive parties. The PES is politically represented in the directly elected European Parliament, at governmental level in the European Council and Council of Ministers, and in the Committee of the Regions. The European Commission – although an independent, collegiate body – also numbers several members from PES parties amongst its commissioners.

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Amanda Rose
Founder, Twestival UK

Amanda Rose is currently Founder of the Connect the Dots Foundation, a non-profit organisation which aims to connect people, places and ideas for good. She is the lead organizer of Twestival, an international all-volunteer effort to use social media like Twitter to raise money for worthy causes. She is also an advisor to BrightOne.uk.org - a volunteer run communications consultancy for the third sector; the co-founder of SPACE2 Consultancy, a film and event locations management consultancy; and creative strategy consultant with charity: water, MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Live Earth.

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Joe Rospars
New Media Director, Obama '08 & Founding Partner, Blue State Digital
USA

Blue State Digital founding partner Joe Rospars served as New Media Director for Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, overseeing all online aspects of the fundraising, communications and grassroots mobilization effort. Prior, he led Blue State Digital’s work with Governor Howard Dean at the DNC; during Dean's campaign for party chairman; and at Democracy for America. Joe was recently named to Advertising Age’s “Digital A-List”; Details’ “Mavericks list”; and Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change”. He holds a B.S. in political science from George Washington University.

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Rafael Rubio
Senior Lecturer of Constitutional Law at Universidad Complutense of Madrid
Spain

Rafael Rubio (PhD, Law) is a Senior Lecturer of Constitutional Law at Universidad Complutense of Madrid where he leads a research group on civil society, new technologies and democracy. At Georgetown, Universidad Carlos III, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Universidad de Navarra and Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, he offers classes on politics new media and grassroot politics in post graduate programs, in Political Studies and Communications. He has lectured in various universities in Guatemala, Cuba, Colombia and México and he has worked as a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown, Harvard University, and at George Washington University.

His areas of research include new forms of political participation; Internet in democracy, especially in participatory processes including elections and the strengthening of civil society. On these subjects, he has published more than twenty articles in specialized press.

As a political consultant, (www.dogcomunicacion.com) he is specialized in the application of Internet to elections and in immigrant voting; he is a consultant for the Madrid Region Immigrant Department. Aside from non-political electoral e-campaigns such as the Madrid Bar Association (55,000 lawyers), he has participated in the US presidential elections in 2008 (John McCain), he has collaborated in several political electoral campaigns in Spain, ranging from municipal elections to European Union level campaigns, and outside of Europe in legislative elections in Mexico, with José Luis Sanchis. Also, he has managed e-campaigns for the Popular Party in various cities: Huelva (140,000), Valdemoro (56,000) and Villanueva del Pardillo (15,000). Moreover, he has trained political leaders in Colombia and Venezuela. Currently, he is advising the Foreign Ministry of Peru in its communication strategy as IADB consultant.

He is working on the applications of new technologhies in Democracy, Lobbying and political action, and he has published different works about these subjects.

He serves as the webmaster of colaboradores.org, a community webpage for volunteering, and is working in a new social network for volunteers, helprevolution.org..He is the editor of a blog about politics and new technology (ethepeople.blogspot.com), contributing editor of Politicsonline, and blogger in PDF Europe and is a frequent contributor to the online newspaper libertad digital (www.libertaddigital.com), and the Popular TV news.

Also, he is Partner & Consultant at Dog Comunicación (Digital Operator Group) where currently he is working in several projects in Spain and Latin America.

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Rishi Saha
Head of New Media, Conservative Party
UK


Rishi Saha, 31, is the Head of New Media for the UK Conservative Party.

With a career spanning nightclub management, youth work and standing as a Parliamentary Candidate in the 2005 General Election, Rishi has built up the Conservative Party’s award-winning digital presence over the past three years. Some of his most prominent activities have included Webcameron, the new campaigns and microfunding network MyConservatives.com, the Party’s thriving social media presence and opening up Shadow Cabinet expenses online using Google Docs.

With a UK General Election on the horizon and digital set to play a pivotal role in the campaign, the work of Rishi’s team is central to the mobilisation of existing activists alongside direct engagement with new supporters.

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Marietje Schaake
MEP
The Netherlands

Marietje Schaake (1978) is a Dutch Member of European Parliament for D66 social-liberal party. She sits on the Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the Committee on Culture, Media, Education, Youth and Sports. She is also member of the EP Delegations for relations with, respectively, the United States and the Balkans. Marietje is currently setting up the European Parliament's Intergroup on New Media and Technology. Marietje holds a MA in American Studies and a minor in New Media from the University of Amsterdam.

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Daniel Schmitt
Former Internet Security Technologist turned Full-Time Media Activist.

Adores sunshine, especially in governments and organizations. Involved with WikiLeaks since 2007, spokesperson of the project.

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Matt Scofield
Director of Online Communications for Newt Gingrich
USA


Matt Scofield, a graduate of the University of Arizona's top-ranked Information Systems program, has worked since 1996 with the web in various fields. He was a Senior Researcher at CyPRG assessing gov’t agency websites on an international scale, as well as managing web properties for health care clients at both a start-up and Perot Systems. He has worked with mobile e-commerce sites at Nokia and developed e-learning courses for Gatlin Education. Currently he is Director of Online Communications for Newt Gingrich, putting in efforts toward his greatest passion: the nexus of politics and education in the online world.

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Grigory Shvedov
Chief Editor of Caucasian Knot


Matt Scofield, a graduate of the University of Arizona's top-ranked Information Systems program, has worked since 1996 with the web in various fields. He was a Senior Researcher at CyPRG assessing gov’t agency websites on an international scale, as well as managing web properties for health care clients at both a start-up and Perot Systems. He has worked with mobile e-commerce sites at Nokia and developed e-learning courses for Gatlin Education. Currently he is Director of Online Communications for Newt Gingrich, putting in efforts toward his greatest passion: the nexus of politics and education in the online world.

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Micah Sifry
Personal Democracy Forum
USA


Micah L. Sifry is Editor and Curator of the Personal Democracy Forum, a daily website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics. He is also the co-founder and editor of TechPresident.com, an award-winning group blog on how the American presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition to organizing the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. In that capacity, he has been a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation since its founding in 2006. He and Andrew also co-author the “Politics 2.0” column for the Politico.com.

From 1997-2006, Sifry worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, he was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the co-editor (with Andrew Rasiej, Allison Fine and Joshua Levy) of Rebooting America, co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), author of Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America (Routledge, 2002) and co-edited The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991). He is also an adjunct professor at the Political Science Department of the City University of New York/Graduate Center, where he teaches a course called “Writing Politics.” His personal blog is at micah.sifry.com. He has a BA in Politics from Princeton and a MA in Politics from New York University and lives with his family in Hastings-on-Hudson.

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Ravi Singh

USA


Bio coming soon.

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Antonio Sofi
Journalist and Blogger, Webgol.it
Italy


Journalist, political consultant, new media expert. Phd in Sociology of Communication. Visiting professor of New Media at University of Florence and University of Rome. In 2003 founded Webgol.it, awarded as "Best Journalistic Blog" at the University of Urbino's Blog Festival. Editor and founder of Spindoc, main italian webzine about online political communication. Author of many essays on journalism, politics and media innovation.

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Tom Steinberg
Director, mySociety.org
UK

Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of mySociety, a non-profit, open source organisation that runs many of the best-known democracy websites in the UK. These include the Parliamentary transparency website TheyWorkForYou and the somewhat self-explanatory FixMyStreet. mySociety’s missions are to build websites which give people simple, tangible benefits in the democratic and community aspects of their lives, and which teach the public and voluntary sector how they can use technology better to help citizens. Tom’s role in mySociety is mainly to go to conferences, come up with ideas for websites, and buy our staff and lovely volunteers as much food as they can eat.

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Benoit Thieulin
Net-campaign Director for primary and presidential race of Segolene Royal
France


With a degree of political sciences from "Sciences Po Paris", Benoit Thieulin is specialized since 10 years in the use of internet in the social and political fields.

After 4 years in asia, working on IT, he worked at the prime minister office in 2000 to coordinante the on ligne governmental communication. In 2005, during the European Treaty Referendum, he created a technology watch on new media that revealed the power of critical networks regarding the weakness of pro-europeans involved in the web campaign. After the victory of the “no”, he was appointed by the European Commission at the head of ther French European Portal.

In 2006, Benoit Thieulin created the website, www.desirsdavenir.org, to support Segolène Royal candidacy for the social “primairies”.Then he then he supervised the web campaign of socialist presidential candidate Ségolène Royal in 2007 and organized the “off & on line” great participative debates.

In June 2007, Benoit Thieulin created La Netscouade, an internet agency, specialized in social web, on line communities, techno-politics and participative processes.

They developed the online participative journal "Mediapart", launched by the former Director of Le Monde, Edwy Plenel. La Netscouade develops and maintains many websites as a mean of public consultation and also many social networks both for internal (Companies 2.0) or external purposes (CRM 2.0)

La Netscouade is working since 2009 for the French socialist party : they are developing “La CooPol” a social network to digitally organize the socialist community, to create new campaigning tools and to recruit volonteers.

Benoit Thieulin participates to several TV and Radio programs on digital innovative practices. He is involved regularly, in many conferences about the use of internet into politics, in London, Dublin, Berlin, etc.

He is a member of the board of the French progressive Think Tank, Terranova. He conducted a one month French mission to the USA to deliver a survey about the innovative phenomenon of the Obama campaign.

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Jack Thurston
Co-founder, FarmSubsidy.org
UK

Based in London, UK, Jack is Executive Director of EU Transparency, and co-founder of farmsubsidy.org, a project described by WorldChanging.com "demonstrating the power of geek activism done right". He led the campaign for access to farm subsidy data in the UK and has the campaign to a pan-European level. 2009 has seen the group branch out into a new project fishsubsidy.org. He is a joint winner of the 2006 Freedom of Information Award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. He served a special adviser to Nick Brown, the UK Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food (1999-2001). He was a Senior Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre in London from 2002 to 2005 and is currently a transatlantic fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, European Voice, New Statesman, Prospect and Tribune. Jack holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford University) and a masters in Public Policy Analysis (University of California at Berkeley) obtained while on a Fulbright Scholarship.

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Nicolas Vanbremeersch
Founder, Publius.fr and Spintank
France

Nicolas Vanbremeersch is the head of spintank, an online corporate and public communication agency, and a french blogger, known as "versac". He founded publius.fr, a leading collective blog on european issues, and la République des blogs, a french network of political bloggers. Author of "De la Démocratie Numérique" (Seuil, 2009), he also writes for slate.fr.

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Katrin Verclas
Co-founder, MobileActive.org
USA

Katrin Verclas is the co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of people using mobile phones for social impact. She is also a principal at Calder Strategies, focusing on mobile strategy, impact evaluation and new media consulting with civil society organizations worldwide.

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Marc Vidal
CEO, Cink.es
Spain


Managing Director of Cink and expert in Digital Economy. Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in Asset Management. Expert in Corporate Trading and Investment Strategy. He has developed modernization plans for a dozen quoted companies and leads a research group in the field of Open Business and Open Enterprise.

He was one of the first Spanish public figures to speak about the “subprime” mortgages a year before the term was quoted in Spain which proves his great insight and global vision.

He is considered a Social Media “Guru” and a digital trend setter, author of one of the most influential economic Blogs in Spain with more than a hundred thousand readers. As a result, Marc has become inadvertently an opinion generator. In 2006, he won the Best Spanish Blog Award and in 2009 he won the 3rd Best European Blog prize in the EuroBlogs Awards.

Additionally, he is a regular keynote conference speaker on Social Media Tools and Enterprise 2.0. He is an active member of the “New Economy Trends” Research Group at Telefonica’s Catedra in Madrid Polytechnic University.

He has founded companies such as Nagerman Networks, Sitcom
Mitjans, Miremar Consultors, Doble Utopia, Eworks Inv, Poliblocs.cat and Catosfera Login; and worked for BitMusic, Max Music and the French TV channel TF1.

Marc complements his business activites with a regular participation at various Spanish TV and Radio programs as expert in digital economy and corporate finance. He has also managed communication 2.0 strategies of successful political election campaigns which have resulted in “case study” material for Spanish Universities.

Marc is considered a leading figure in the development of shared digital strategies and political action plans in social networks.

At present, he is an Operations Independent Consultant for several quoted companies and Managing Director of Cink, No 1 Spanish professional services company of perceived social networks and distributed business cyberactivism, a unique business area in the world to date, and whose business model is subject of study in various universities. “Cink is not about consultancy but about network stimulation”.

He participates in the first Higher Education Program at MIT & Hardware University led by Ken Morse for the study of new business and communication technology sytems.

Marc is a knowledgeable speaker on the following topics: Traditional Economy (both for educational and forecast purposes), Digital Economy, Network Economy, Economy 2.0, Social Networks, Web 2.0 (emerging theories to link digital and analogic initiatives), Business Strategy in Social Media (Marketing 2.0), Politics 2.0 or Political Strategy in Social Networks, Social Media Communication, Innovation for SMEs, Business viability in the economic crisis, etc...

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Bruno Vilarasau
Director of Information Society Development, Telefónica Catalonia
Spain

Tom Bruno Vilarasau is currently leading the program ‘Catalunya 4.0’ for increasing the use of Information Technologies and Communications in the society. This effort seeks to improve the quality of life of the citizens and the competitiveness of businesses. Bruno is also engaged in improving the satisfaction of Telefónica’s customers with special focus on the local market.

Bruno worked in Terra, the internet arm of Telefónica, as Director in New Product Strategy, identifying growth opportunities, partnerships and defining the online strategy for the group. In this role he oversaw the launching of many services in the communications field. Before Terra, Bruno worked as marketing manager in Systemsfusion, an SaaS company in San Francisco. Bruno started his career as business and strategy consultant in Gemini Consulting working for leading companies in the financial and consumer goods sectors.

Bruno holds a MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

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Chris Ward
Creative Director at Comic Relief
UK


Left school with 1 ‘O’ level (English Lit: Shakespeare – great), got into Art College by designing board games - can’t draw – they found out – so left early and went to sell coloured vinyl 45’s and cassette singles in Boots The Chemist (best education I ever had for learning what engages consumers). Got a job in London, at the BBC Record Library and lived on a boat on the Thames. Went to manage bands, had a great time recording in NY, touring round Europe etc but got to 30 birthday penniless. Backpacked from the Trans Siberian to Cambodia and came back to get married (and end up with the FourWard kids), start Beatwax, a marketing agency (from my bedroom) – ended up working with almost every major entertainment and youth brand and start another movie / internet business for Hollywood and UK movies. Discovered Friends Reunited and made them famous (and rich!). Won some awards (fastest growing PR agency in UK / Best PR campaign of the year / Innovation in movie marketing etc). Managed to sell both agencies (now in big offices with lifts!) so I could buy a nice bike and a load of lycra and mountain bike raced across the Rockies, Alps and South Africa and ran ten marathons (wheezed my time down to 3.09). work in an orphanage in Mozambique, became a Samaritan, held an art exhibition (at Notting Hill Arts Club) and started a sports social network site, partnering with the BBC. Decided to use skills to try & help important causes engage people better than great brands and became Creative Communications Director at Comic Relief, created ‘This, That & the Other’ – the 3 red noses and oversaw the broadcast, creative and digital output for the, £80m generating, Red Nose Day 09. Now seconded to 1GOAL to oversee global digital for the campaign that will see footballers, the 2010 World Cup and 30million people (we hope!) come together to get the last 75 million children not receiving education in the world, into school. Also sit on the social legacy board for the London 2012 Olympics.

Inspired by coffee shops (‘coffice’ worker), espresso, broadsheets, great ideas, my laptop and iPhone.

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Tom Watson
Member of Parliament
UK

Tom Watson is a UK member of Parliament and former Defence Minister as well as Minister for Digital Engagement. Tom created thePower of Information Task Force that works for transparency and open standards across government. He now campaigns for digital rights from the backbenches.

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Clo Willaerts
Marketing Manager, Sanoma Magazines
Belgium

Clo Willaerts is marketing manager at Sanoma Magazines Belgium, recognized by her peers as the most influential social media specialist in Belgium.Trained as a linguist and language teacher, she has an extensive background in traditional media (newspaper journalist, tv researcher, copywriter), internet and marketing. And for the last two years she's been organising the Brussels chapter of the Girl Geek Dinners.

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Jon Worth
Co-Founder, Bloggingportal.eu
Belgium


Jon Worth writes one of the longest running blogs about EU politics - Jon Worth Euroblog (www.jonworth.eu). He is a Brit living in Brussels who also speaks French and German and writes from a critical perspective on EU affairs but wants the EU to more and do it better, far from the typical British line. Jon is one of the founders of Blogging Portal (www.bloggingportal.eu), an aggregator of blogs about EU affairs. He has also been the orgainser of online campaigns as diverse as the Atheist Bus Campaign (www.atheistbus.org.uk) and Anyone But Barroso (www.anyonebutbarroso.eu). He works as a website designer in techPolitics LLP (www.techpolitics.eu) and also trains people how the EU institutions function. In any spare moments he's not running or inline skating you'll find him on Twitter @jonworth or on Skype 'jonworth'.

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Oliver Zeisberger
Founder and Managing Director, barracuda digitale agentur
Germany

Oliver Zeisberger is founder and managing director of barracuda digitale agentur, one of the first online campaiging agencies with a focus on the political sphere in Germany.

As a veteran of political communication he has been consulting on net campaings for more than 10 years, helping the german Social Democrats on all levels to innovate in technology and campaign strategy. As a first in german politics he brought blogs to campaigning, directed several successful fundraising and email campaigns and started social community sites for the to built support and enthusiasm. Next to consulting and strategy his company runs a content managment system for some 400+ candidates and chapters of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

Oliver Zeisberger is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars with the latest panel about "Digital Democracy" at the Monaco Media Forum in November 2009.

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Jeremie Zimmerman
Co-founder and Spokesman, La Quadrature du Net
France

Jérémie Zimmermann is the co-founder and spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, an advocacy group that promotes the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. La Quadrature builds tools for citizens to understand the legislative process and participate into it.

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