7 November 2019 - 09.00-11.00 - ROOM 5 - Interpretation: FR/EN

Information is pluriform: from algorithms to data to simple “news”, it is getting increasingly hard to be able to understand everything that is thrown at us. This lab will look at initiatives that explain, analyse and help us process different types of information. How do algorithms work? What do statistics and studies truly mean? How can we be better informed?

initiative 1

Retour aux sources, Datagora, France

By promoting the publications of producers of statistical data or public studies, Datagora aims to facilitate their accessibility, understanding and reuse in the public debate for and by all. To date, about forty partner institutes (e.g. INSEE, DARES, France Stratégie, OECD, CNIL, etc.) have joined the platform and feed it by administering their own page. Thus, Datagora allows organisations that are sometimes unknown to the general public to democratise and promote their publications, especially among a younger audience.




Co-founder, Datagora


initiative 2

MIL Kyi (Just Ask), Media Information Literacy Project, Myanmar

The “Media Information Literacy Project” is called “MIL Kyi” which means “Just Ask” in Myanmar language. The project is developed in cooperation with Myanmar ICT for Development Organization and the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) with the objective to create and distribute digital content of “Media Literacy knowledge and skills” to the public across the country. Its goal is to raise public awareness of how misinformation and disinformation can be manipulated in the digital age. MIL Kyi produces a weekly video broadcast, which aims at disseminating basic media literacy skills (skills that lead to a better informed analysis of situations and decision making, based on critical thinking) to general public, especially youth.




Project Manager, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Thailand and Myanmar


Katrin Bannach has been working for the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation since 2003. She has been the Project Director Thailand and Myanmar since 2014. She holds a MA in Sociology form the University of Hamburg, University of Stellenbosch and is the author of “Empowerment and participation in development co-operation. A sustainability and its pitfalls”, Vol 6, Initiative Südliches Afrika e.V.”



Programme Manager, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom


Hnin Wint Naing joined FNF Myanmar as Programme Manager for Liberalism/ liberal democracy pillar in February, 2017. She has academic training in Political Science, Economics, Diplomacy and Psychology. She holds a Master of Global Governance and Diplomacy from University of Oxford and obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Queens College, the City University of New York. She has experience working for projects on education, information freedom and private-public engagement in ceasefire-agreed areas of Myanmar before she joined the foundation.

initiative 3

AlGOVrithm, ePaństwo Foundation/CRTA, Poland

The alGOVrithms project identifies examples of algorithms used by public administration, describes how they work, verifies whether they have been introduced through legal regulations, checks how open and transparent they are and sees if there is any system in place that secures citizens’ rights against abuses committed by algorithms. Through fostering debate among stakeholders from academia, government and civil society (through press materials, consultations involving civil society organisations and press conference concluding the project’s findings), the initiative drives professional and public attention to the topic and encourages policymakers to understand the importance and the potential of algorithms in public administration. We have published the report “AlGOVrithms: State of Play” which summarizes findings and elaborated a separate document including the Policy Recommendations in English and each of the Partners’ languages.




Policy Director, ePanstwo Foundation


Krzysztof Izdebski is a lawyer specialized in access to public information and re-use of public sector information. He has a wide expertise in relations between public administration and citizens. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption and public participation including "Transparency and Open Data Principles : Why They Are Important and How They Increase Public Participation and Tackle Corruption" and recently published "alGOVrithms. The State of Play. Report on Algorithms Usage in Government-Citizens Relations in the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia." He is also an Apolitical.co contributor.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.

KUSARI Flutura

Flutura KUSARI

Legal Advisor, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom

Flutura Kusari is the legal advisor of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. She leads the legal support programme and advocates with international organisations to improve legislation to defend freedom of expression. Previously, Kusari worked for various civil society organisations, including the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Law from Ghent University, Belgium.



University Lecturer in Social Psychology, Cambridge University

United Kingdom

Dr. Sander van der Linden is Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab. He was recently named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), described by Fast Company as one of 4 heroes of digital democracy and featured by WIRED magazine as one of “15 top thinkers". He convenes the Cambridge Special Interest Group on Disinformation and Media Literacy and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Psychology. His edited book “Risk and Uncertainty in a Post-Truth Society” was published in 2019.



Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the Council of Europe


ROUSSEAU Charlotte

Charlotte ROUSSEAU

Student, Sciences Po Strasbourg


LAB 3 - The human brain: the ultimate fact-checker?
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