PDF 2016 Program

(Subject to change)
Detailed descriptions of panels can be found here.

Time Event
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and Registration
Begins in Skirball Center
9:00 - 10:00 Welcome
Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry
Government as a Digital Service
We're Not Throwing Away Our Shot:
The Founders and the Future of the World's Greatest Start-Up

Mary Katharine Ham
Debugging the Bureaucracy
Marina Martin
Beyond the Beltway: Transformation in the (Digital) Laboratories of Democracy
Robin Carnahan
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Sponsored by Omidyar
10:30 - 11:45 Solutions at Hand
Engines of Change: What Civic Tech Can Learn From Social Movements
Stacy Donohue
Introducing Civic Hall Labs
Elizabeth Stewart
Building a Safety Net for the 21st Century
Greg Bloom
Beyond Big vs. Little Government: Why Conservatives Should Rally Behind Data-Driven Government
Kristen Soltis Anderson
11:45 - 1:00 What's Next For Organizing
Lessons from the Sanders Campaign: How We Can Again Unleash the Power of Many
Zack Exley
Kairos: How a Small Experiment is Changing the Face of Digital Organizing
Mariana Ruiz Firmat
When Women Run: How Peer-to-Peer Organizing Can Change the Ratio
Erin Vilardi
Love Your Technology: The Product Team Approach
Sam Dorman
Design With Compassion in Two Acts
Alia McKee
1:00 - 2:00 Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Microsoft
2:00 - 3:30 Perils of Wisdom
The Pretense of Empathic Machines
Sherry Turkle
The Promise and Perils of Being a Civic Eyewitness
Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm
Preserving the Free and Open Internet
Mark Surman
The Web We Lost; the Web We Want
Hossein Derakhshan
Regulating With Data:
Solving for Transparency, Accountability, Privacy and Surveillance

Nick Grossman
Be Careful What You Code For
danah boyd
Breakouts in Kimmel Center
3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break
Sponsored by Omidyar Network
4:00 - 5:00
Organizing and Activism
Scaling Movement Organizing in a Digital Age
Nicole Carty, Zack Exley, Duncan Meisel, Allison Fine (moderator)

Civic Tech
Introducing the Civic Tech Field Guide
Matt Stempeck, Erin Simpson, Micah Sifry

Ideas and Controversies
GC 475
Platform Design and the New Labor Economics
Marina Gorbis, Rod Falcon, Devin Fidler, Natalie Foster

Media Innovation
Don't Be Overcharged--How Open Data is Changing the Political Ad Marketplace (Sponsored by Comscore)
Carol Davidsen, DeRay McKesson, John Pudner, Jennifer Nedeau (moderator)

Culture Hacking
GC 461
#GivingTuesday: The Growth of a New Global Civic Tech Model
Asha Curran, Lucy Bernholz, Aaron Sherinian, Deanna Zandt (moderator)

Digital Government
Digital Strategies for Government
Seamus Kraft, Travis Moore, Robin Carnahan, Jessica Singleton, Lorelei Kelly (moderator)

Civic Tech
Engagement is a Two-Way Street: Lessons From Data-Driven Cities (Sponsored by Bloomberg LP)
Beth Blauer, John Wonderlich, Elspeth Kirkman, Simone Brody (moderator)
5:00 - 5:15 Transition
5:15 - 6:15
Organizing and Activism
Fighting Dystopia: Local Communities and Global Issues in Surveillance
Parker Higgins, Esra'a al Shafei, Evan Feeney, Harlo Holmes (moderator)

Civic Tech
Civic Features: When Platforms Do Public Good
Ellora Israni, Betsy Aoki, Jacob Schonberg, Matt Stempeck (moderator)

Civic Tech
GC 475
Movement vs Sector: How Civic Tech Can Combine Both to Succeed (Sponsored by Omidyar Network)
Stacy Donohue, Jeremy Heimans, Natalie Foster, Mariana Ruiz Firmat, David Eaves (moderator)

Ideas and Controversies
Donald Trump: Fluke or Harbinger of a New Model?
Aaron Ginn, David Karpf, Sasha Issenberg, Zeynep Tufekci, Nancy Scola (moderator)

Media and Innovation
Data-Driven Journalism
William Li, Nancy Watzman, Alex Wirth, Joanna S. Kao, Erhardt Graeff (moderator)

Digital Government
GC 461
Building a More Awesome Government: Case Studies from the U.S. Digital Service
Erie Meyer, Evagelia Emily Tavoulareas, Eduardo F. Ortiz, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin (moderator)
6:30 - 8:00 Cocktail Party
Kimmel Center (Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th floor)
8:30 - 10:00 Powerpoint Karaoke
Civic Hall (156 Fifth Ave, 2nd floor)
Time Event
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast and Registration
Begins in Skirball Center
9:30 - 10:40 Welcome
Andrew Rasiej and Micah L. Sifry
Tools We Need
The Purpose Driven Organizer
Perry Rosenstein
How to Use AI to Have a Real Conversation With a Crowd
Andrew Konya
Timecounts: Community Mobilization For the Modern Organizer
Amanda Rose
Calming The Politics of Fear: Technology and the Anxious Brain
Tracy Dennis-Tiwary
Laughter is the Most Serious Weapon
Luna Malbroux
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee Break
Sponsored by Knight Foundation
11:10 - 12:00 Challenges Today
Know Your Terrorist Credit Score
Kate Crawford
Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression
Safiya Noble
Big Data and Social Control: A Brave New World?
Josh Klein
12:00 - 1:00 Democracy Rising
Networked Change:
How Advocacy Campaigns are Won in the 21st Century

Jason Mogus
The Myth of Imported Solutions:
Tech and Human Rights in the Middle East

Esra'a al-Shafei
Mobocratic Algorithms:
How the Attention Economy is Driving Polarization, and What We Can Do About It

Wael Ghonim
What's Democracy Got to Do With It?
How Black Power Aims to Transform Democracy

Alicia Garza
1:00 - 2:00 Networking Lunch
Sponsored by Microsoft
Breakouts in Kimmel Center
2:00 - 3:00

Digital Government
Can We Build Trust in Congress (Sponsored by the Democracy Fund)
Betsy Wright Hawkings, Danielle Brian, Craig Aaron, Susie Gorden, Tom Glaisyer (moderator)

Civic Tech
At the End of Every Data Point is a Human Being | The If and When of Technology for the Global Refugee Crisis
Lina Srivastava, Antonella Napolitano, Sarnata Reynolds, Abdi Nor Iftin, Yvette Alberdingk Thijm (moderator)

Ideas and Controversies
The Business Case for Encryption: Why Privacy and Data Rights Matter
Nabiha Syed, Peter Micek, Michael Connor, Priya Kumar, Katie Benner (moderator)

Civic Tech
Community Partnership Models for Civic Tech (Sponsored by Microsoft)
Mischa Byruck, Julia Rhodes Davis, Elsa Sze, Andrew Singleton, Annmarie Levins (moderator)

Digital Government
Open Data Policy and Practice: A Tale of Two Cities
Vyki Englert, Sarah Henry, Ben Kallos, Gale Brewer, David Eaves (moderator)

Civic Tech
Bid With, Not For: Building Empathy into Selling Civic Tech
Christie George, Ariel Kennan, Chris Maddox, Lawrence Grodeska (moderator)

Culture Hacking
GC 475
Divided and United States: How Stories Can Change the Conversation
Luna Malbroux, Annabel Park, Kenyatta Cheese, Andrew Slack
3:00 - 3:15 Coffee Break
Sponsored by Knight Foundation
3:15 - 4:15
Organizing and Activism
Lizz Brown, J. Matthew Williams, Marcus Ferrell, Kimberly C. Ellis (moderator)

Civic Tech
Ethical Frameworks for Civic Tech
Sunita Grote, Emily Jacobi, Deena Rosen, Elizabeth Stewart (moderator)

Ideas and Controversies
Is the Civic Tech Story Broken?
Shaifali Puri, Elizabeth Eagen, Sam Dorman, Jed Miller (moderator)

Media and Innovation
Tech and Political Debates
Lilia Tamm, Adam Green, Erica Anderson, Christine Cupaiuolo (moderator)

Digital Government
Can Tech Change Voter Turnout? (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)
Mike Ward, Adrienne Lever, Steven Levine, Amanda Padgett, Catherine Bracy (moderator)

Organizing And Activism
Transforming Advocacy in a Mobile World (Sponsored by iCitizen)
Dr. Mark Keida, Perry Lowenstein, Hilary Doe, Kendall Tucker, Russ Reeder (moderator)

Organizing and Activism
GC 475
Directed Network Campaigning: Balancing Grassroots Autonomy with Central Strategic Control
Emily May, Michael Silberman, Esther Meroño Baro, Tom Liacas (moderator)
Returns to Skirball Center
4:15 - 6:00 Facing the Future
Where Is Our First Law of Robotics? Why Politics Must Trump Technology
Kentaro Toyama
A Social Contract for the 21st Century
Natalie Foster
Can Digital Jobs Make For Good Work?
Anand Kulkarni
What If We're Not the Good Guys?
Anil Dash
Reprogramming the Economy: From Growth to Prosperity
Douglas Rushkoff
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