4 November 2014 (14.00-16.00) - Room 7 – Palais de l’Europe, Interpretation: FR/EN


What is the prospect and added value of e-democracy? Can the participation of young people be increased if they are given the chance to express their opinions about bills and policies online?

Vote on the Web, Brazil

Watch out for “Vote on the Web” site! This is a web site for social and civic engagement into politics that is attracting daily thousands of young Brazilians through internet. By using “Vote on the Web”, citizens are allowed to post their opinions and thoughts about bills in a simple and easy way showing congressmen the needs of the people. The purpose of “Vote on the Web” is to encourage citizens, particularly among young people, to participate actively in decisions strengthening the Democracy system in Brazil. The fact that people are learning about how to “Vote on the Web” is highly affecting the way of people doing politics and on how politics are reacting to these changes in Brazil.


Ms Daniele AMARAL, Brazil, Journalist and Coordinator of Vote on the Web

Daniele Amaral is a Brazilian journalist working at Webcitizen, a company that develops internet projects in the area of social mobilization and e-government data. She is the  coordinator of the citizen engagement site, Vote on the Web, and her job is to encourage young people to participate actively in politics on the internet and at the same time show lawmakers how they can do their job following the demands of the population.


Mr Diego ÁVILA DA SILVA, Brazil, Lawyer of Vote on the Web

Diego Silva is Bachelor in law whit specialization in civil law and civil procedural law. He is a volunteer in Vote on the Web website, and his job is to resume and simplify the texts of the bills to help Brazilian citizens understand the true goals of the bills and thus contributing to reduce the distance between citizens and politicians.


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

Ms Tiffiniy CHENG, USA, Co-founder and Co-director of Fight for the Future

Tiffiniy is the co-founder and co-director of Fight for the Future, dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet's transformative power in people’s lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people. She started Open Congress, the most popular government transparency site, and Miro, an open source music and video player. Her work is on art, culture and structural power issues.

Mr Diogo DE SANT'ANA, Brazil, Executive Secretary of the General-Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil

The General-Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil is responsible for mediating the relations between the federal government and civil society. In this context, this Ministry directly advises the federal government and the President of the Republic on its relationship and interaction with social movements, civil society organisations and workers. It includes the creation and implementation of platforms to ensure public consultation and popular participation in the discussion and definition of the country's priority agendas.

Ms Adele GAMBANO, Italy, Member of Parliament and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Adele Gambaro has a degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and is studying European Union law in Paris (Sorbonne). Her focus is on EU funding mechanisms for businesses and government agencies. She was elected to the Senate of the Italian Republic in February 2013 and is member of the Commission for Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Italian Senate. She is following with interest the themes of webdemocracy, the impact of electronic ballots and their role in politics in general.


Mr Oli HENMAN, United Kingdom, European Representative of CIVICUS

Oli has considerable experience in working with civil society in Europe and in South America. He started work in the favelas and rainforests of Brazil on participatory budgeting and is a specialist on engagement between civil society and governments. He is the European Representative of CIVICUS: the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, where he is active in promoting good practice in engagement and developing key forums for dialogue. In his previous role at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) he spearheaded the development of the European Network of National Civil Society Associations (ENNA) that links national bodies for NGOs across Europe; he was also a co-drafter of the Council of Europe's Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation.


Mr Aurélien CANTOU