28 November from 10.30 to 12.30 - Room 8 - Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation: FR/EN


What is added value and limitations of platforms which make advocacy and lobbying transparent and should they become the norm in democracy?

Popvox, USA

POPVOX is a neutral and transparent advocacy platform for civic engagement and legislative information. POPVOX begins with all bills pending in the USA Congress, displaying the statements of advocacy groups, trade associations and other organisations on the issues. Individuals can write an informed message to Congress, which POPVOX delivers to the appropriate Congressional office, with delivery confirmation. All input is aggregated publicly so that the media - and the People - can "hear what Congress is hearing."

Website: https://www.popvox.com/


Ms Marci HARRIS, USA, Co-founder and CEO of POPVOX

Marci Harris is the co-founder and CEO of POPVOX. The concept for POPVOX arose from her experience as counsel to the Health Subcommittee Chairman for the House Ways and Means Committee throughout the legislative process for U.S. healthcare system reform. Harris was named #13 of the 2012 "Top 100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company magazine and received a 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award. She is a mentor at the Code for America accelerator in San Francisco and The Fort accelerator in Washington, DC, serves on the Board of Directors for LaunchTN, and is an advisor to Citizinvestor.


Parlement & Citoyens, France

"Parliament and Citizens" is a web platform that allows French deputies and senators to involve citizens in drafting their legislative proposals. Launched as an experiment on 13 February 2013 with six parliamentarians, the project's objective is to enhance the effectiveness of public policies by mobilizing collective intelligence and by building trust between citizens and elected officials. At the end of the experiment, the source code of the platform will be open to the public to allow for the project's implementation in other countries.


Mr Cyril LAGE, France, President of SMARTGOV and Co-founder of Open Democracy

Cyril Lage is the president of SMARTGOV, the association behind the project parlement-et-citoyens.fr (a platform dedicated to the co-construction of laws) and candidat-et-citoyens.fr (a platform dedicated to the co-construction of electoral programmes of candidates in the municipal elections 2014). He is also the co-founder of Open Democracy, an association dedicated to the promotion of Open Government and its stakeholders in the Francophone community.
Twitter : @Parl_Citoyens


Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Ms Christie DUDLEY, USA, Executive Director and Co-founder of Fork the Law

Christie started her career with a BSEE, emphasis in digital communications from University of Kansas. A 15 year network engineering career followed. Deciding to study anthropology, she changed fields, then again to pursue an old interest in communications security and privacy. To combine her interests in technology and society she made an approach from a new perspective, enrolling as JD candidate at Santa Clara Law. After confronting poorly written statutes that attempted to address technical issues, she cofounded Fork the Law to try to bridge the gap between technologists and legislation.

Mr Scott HUBLI, Director of Governance, National Democratic Institute, USA

K. Scott Hubli serves as the director of governance programs at NDI, where he provides technical support to the Institute's legislative strengthening, public integrity, rule of law and local governance programs worldwide. At NDI, he has played a leading role in helping build international consensus on normative standards for democratic parliaments, having authored a background paper for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures, and having served on the InterParliamentary Union's Expert Group for its publication on Parliaments and Democracy in the 21st Century.

Mr Jeffrey ROY, Canada, Professor in the School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University

Jeffrey Roy is professor in the School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University where he specializes in democratic governance, business and government relations, and digital government reforms. In addition to teaching and research, he has consulted to governments at all levels, the private sector, as well as the United Nations and the OECD. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of E-Government Research, a featured columnist in Canadian Government Executive, and author of several books.

Rapporteurs to the plenary session

Ms Giulia CIFALDI, Italy, Youth Representative, Project Manager in the field of deliberative and participatory democracy

Giulia is a freelancer in the field of participatory and deliberative democracy. With a background in social and communication studies, she attended the Europroject Management School in 2013. Curious about the ‘Youth in Action' Programme, she applied to a training course in "The former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia"  which changed her life and is responsible for her incrasing "addiction" to experience abroad. Since July she has been spotted in 12 different countries where she attended 11 different projects.


Mr Mark NEVILLE, Head, Migration and Equality Department, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe


Ms Violette BERGER

Your opinion

Does/Do the following initiative(s) increase significantly citizens' influence in the policy-making process and/or make democratic institutions more transparent, responsive and accountable? 

For the Popvox initiative:
% Votes
67% 166
a. Yes
33% 82
b. No

Total Votes: 248

Voting is disabled because this poll expired on 29/11/13 12:00.

For the "Parlement et citoyens" initiative:
% Votes
79% 321
a. Yes
21% 84
b. No

Total Votes: 405

Voting is disabled because this poll expired on 29/11/13 12:00.