Alexander Zenon

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I met Paul on the Internet when I was working in the US. Before coming back to Belgium I attended the “Global Forum on Direct Democracy” in august 2010 in California. I am working as a researcher in neuroscience at the UCL. I am also a member of the Belgian Pirates. I developed a platform for liquid democracy, which was used locally by the Brussels pirates. I am now working on web solutions for open, efficient and comprehensive political debate. The goal of this paper is to present some elements about democracy in order to start up discussion about our definition of “Democracy”. We will try to give a little historical background, some information about democracy today in the world and about the current projects we know that are attempting to move democracy forward.

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Annette Schaper

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Annette Schaper has a Ph.D. in experimental physics. She is Senior Associate at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt where she focuses on research and policy consulting on technical and interdisciplinary aspects of nuclear arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation. See http://goo.gl/k9liJ8

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Arne Pfeilsticker

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I am a freelance software developer, lecturer, project manager and management consultant. I studied Economics, mathematics and computer sciences at University of Heidelberg: London School of Economics and University of Berkley.

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carlo von lynX

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///// Technology Bio // Fascinated by Internet chat, Carlo contributed to IRC. Realizing it had reached its technical and political limits, he embarked on a journey to find the holy grail of communication protocols. Around 1995, Internet business took off. Carlo developed content management systems and content delivery networks for sites such as stern.de, zeit.de, spiegel.de. Contemporaneously he published the drafts for a federated protocol called PSYC. Making money using PSYC turned out much easier then getting the attention of the Open Source community, so the release was delayed and a software named Jabber won the race. Back then servers were safe and sniffing other people's messages was unethical. At some point in the 2000s Carlo realized that the HTTPS/X.509 certification system was hopelessly unsafe, so he conceived the Certificate Patrol add-on for Firefox that helps catching the man in the middle on the spot. Since the revelations of summer 2013 Carlo has been organizing #youbroketheinternet events, bringing people together that would like to rewrite a GNU Internet. //// Political Bio // When Carlo joined the Piratenpartei in 2009, there was already this vision in the air.. Pirates speaking of Liquid Democracy. The next year it got introduced and Carlo was among the first to use the technology in writing a participatory election programme. It made the Pirates different from any other political party: All had contributed, all were authors, not just sympathisers. This gave them a whole different kind of boost. Each one competent in every detail and boasting with motivation. The outcome was 8,9 percent of the Berlin vote, 15 seats in parliament, 13% in polls for upcoming national elections. In a survey Berliner Pirates said Liquid Democracy was the number one ingredient to their success. Since then, Carlo has been touring Italy; promoting, deploying and explaining the Liquid Feedback technology in the Italian Pirate Party and other interested groups. He has been authoring some law proposals at the Italian Chamber of Representatives on the topics of governmental transparency and collecting society reform. The newest law proposal is about enforcing the Secrecy of Correspondence in all telecommunication devices.

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Christoph Zimmermann

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I'm a professional electronics engineer, developing microcontroller and DSP HW, developing FPGA designs and programming low-level parts of firmware projects. Besides that, I'm addicted to music since I'm a teenager. Involved in the internet radio scene since 2003 and board member of the internet radio association of switzerland since it was founded in 2004. 2009 I got somehow sucked into the Public Domain Project "working" as consultant for technical questions. Now I'm responsible for all the IT stuff and try to help where I can.

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Claudio Agosti

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Claudio Agosti (also know as vecna), in 16 years has reached a certain knowledge and experience based on this time distribution: 40% develop and broke security software, 20% experiment networking technology, 20% advocacy on digital human rights protection, "neverenough"% studies and hypothesis on the enemy moves. The Enemy is the market of the personal data, the politician scared by Internet, the users ignorance, theclosed source software and the NSA. This fight can't be win, but until you're able to hack technology you can produce infinite silver bullets.

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Denis Simonet

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Co-founder and former chairman of the Swiss Pirate Party. Board Member of the Pirate Parties International. A software engineer and occasional piano player.

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Dibakar Pal

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Pal, Dibakar is a Civil Servant in India and PhD Student. Though he is a Civil Servant yet he is genuinely interested in diversified academic fields. As such, he awarded master degrees in M.Sc(Math), M.A(English), M.A(Bengali), M.B.A(HRD), M.C.A, P.G.D.M.M(Marketing), L.L.B, D.C.E(Creative Writing), M. Phil (Business Management),UGC- NET(Management)-2008. He attended several International Conferences in U.S.A, though his papers were considered in many International Conferences. He presents papers on Computer Science, Management, English Literature, Linguistic, Philosophy, Philology, Psychology, Sociology, Humanities and Poems. He presented a paper on Computer Science and Chaired in 2007 IEEE Conference at Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. He serves as Session Chair, Presider and Reviewer. He serves as reviewer of American Marketing Association, Journal of Common Ground; Australia, IEEE Transactions, IJEAPS, AJHC. He has more than one hundred forty publications and among these one is as Monograph in International Journal on Management Science, one in Consumer Behavior, two in Computer Science, one in Neuroscience, one is in Linguistic and rest is Creative Writing of English Literature. In Creative Writing two papers have been incorporated in SSRN’s Top Ten Download List three times in November, December 2010 and April 2011. Now he is pursuing his PhD thesis in Business Management in University of Calcutta, India. Also he is working on the Extension Works of Huffman Code i.e., Coding Theory and Pattern Recognition through Fuzzy Logic (Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, etc) of Computer Science. His hobby is Essay Writing.

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Didier Urschitz

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Didier URSCHITZ is 59 years old and he is member of the French Pirate Party since autumn 2012. He will actively participate in the next European Elections (http://didier-urschitz.eu). Actually, he is Development and Prospective Manager in an ICT Engineering Faculty (French School) in Lille (Telecom Lille, part of the Institut Mines Telecom). Formerly he was Vice-Dean in this Faculty, and before, he acted as Vice-Dean in the French Film Institute « Louis Lumiere » in Paris. ln the nineties, he was a physics teacher in various Schools in Bretagne. He studied Physics at the Cluj University (Romania) and at Rennes I University. He started his career in a Non Destructive Testing Laboratory in a big metallurgical plant in Cluj (the CUG Company). He was born in a multi ethnic family and he speaks five languages. (http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/didier-urschitz/11/917/129)

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Gregory Engels

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Co-Chairman Pirate Parties International

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Guido Strack

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Jurist, official and whistleblower at the EU-Commission, Chairman of Whistleblower-Netzwerk Germany (@Whistleblower_N), Steering Committee Member of Whistleblowing International Network - NGOs for Whistleblowing (@Whistleblowing), Expert Witness about Whistleblowing at Landtag-NRW, Bundestag, European Parliament and Council of Europe.

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Guillaume Saouli

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Political director of the Swiss Pirate Party Member of the board of the Geneva Pirate Party President of the support association for the Geneva Eaux-Vives public beach project Board member of the "Dissidents de Genève", a circle focusing on individual freedom and democracy. Board member of SWINOG Federation Founding member of the ISOC Swiss Chapter Former member of the Virtual Communities Advisory Group of the PMI - Project Management Institute Former director at the PMI Risk SIG Studied Computer Science Engineering at EPFL and MBA at the Business School Lausanne. Consultant - Strategies , Business Management & Program Management Former Distinguished Member of Consulting Staff at Lucent / Bells Labs

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Jerry Weyer

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I am a 27 year old European currently living in Luxembourg. I studied European law in Strasbourg at Université Robert Schuman and in London at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I currently work as a freelance Social Media Consultant. I am a European citizen interested in Luxembourgish, European and international politics. I am a founding member and former Vice-President of Pirate Party Luxembourg and former Co-Chairman of the Pirate Parties International (PPI), the umbrella organization of Pirate Parties. I worked for a luxembourgish Parlamentary Monitoring Organisation, support the ECI campaign and am following the development of citizens’ participation and parlamentary transparency in Luxembourg and Europe, promoting tools of direct democracy and social media as a tool for citizens’ engagement.

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Koen De Voegt

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I'm an engineer in Electronics and ICT, after completion of my masters degree I studied another year this time in the field of economics. I job-hopped quit a bit in my career, but the most notable time in my professional life was my position as research engineer. For over two years I got the opportunity to dedicate myself to full-time research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in my home city of Antwerp. The main project I was involved with there was called „DIY smart experiences”. During this work I got to know Hackerspaces and FabLabs. Which led me to become a very active member in the Belgian Hacker movement and co-founder of two of the lands Hackerspaces. In 2011 I joined the Pirate Party of Belgium (PPBE). A few months later I founded the local branch of PPBE in Antwerp. I represented PPBE on several international conferences and became member of the national Coreteam in June 2012.

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Konstantin Ostrovskii

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PPI of Kaliningrad kvartirmeyster k.k.ostrovskiy@gmail.com +79316000998 https://www.facebook.com/k.k.ostrovskiy

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Luis Cuerdo

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Marcel Kolaja

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* Free Software and Free Culture expert * member of the Czech Pirate Party (PP-CZ) * graduated at Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University political history: * 2012–2013: 4th vice-chairmain of the PP-CZ * 2011–2012: international coordinator of the PP-CZ * 2011–2011: co-chairman of the Pirate Parties International * 2010–2011: member of the republic committee in the PP-CZ * 2003–2005: activist (free software, software patents) personal website: http://www.kolaja.eu/

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Marcin Cieślak

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Hacking since he was 9, working with the network since very early nineties. Lots of policy work to facilitate opening up our society towards the technological change. Cryptopath, datalover <3. @saperski

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Marco van Hulten

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I believe in the freedom of information and the control thereover by all world citizens. This may concern almost anything, including software, scientific papers and governance. As a member of both the World Federalist Movement Netherlands (WFBN) and the Piratenpartij (PPNL), I feel it necessary to discuss the idea of democracy, which is heavily discussed within both these organisations. Besides my interest in politics, I have a profession as oceanographer. Specifically, I am developing free software that simulates the biogeochemistry of the ocean.

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Martin Kliehm

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Member of the City Council of Frankfurt, candidate for the European Parliament, web developer, geek.

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Martina Pöser

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I'm 36, single, proud mother of two cats, living in Bremen (Germany), legal advisor in public administration with a master degree in European and international law, European Coordinator and Candidate for the European elections for the German Pirate Party. Anything else may be found on my wikipage (in German): https://wiki.piratenpartei.de/Benutzer:LunaLoof

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Maxim Simonenko

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ru.linkedin.com/in/maximsimonenko/

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Meelis Kaldalu

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Pablo Segundo García

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Political activist in green, solidarity and international finance control groups. Often seen in autonomous spanish cultural centers. In 2010 joined the brand new partidodeinternet.es (a simple proposal to take liquid democracy to parliament), where he has held board roles and took care of the wiki. Non-technical colaborator of agoravoting.com since the beginning. He took part of the "15m" or "Spanish Revolution" in 2011 and is also a spanish pirate. He enjoys creating new schemes (producingideasblog.wordpress.com). Supporter of free technologies from strawbales to 3d printing.

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Paul Nollen

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Radek Pietroń

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Pirate. Free man. Polish Pirate Party Chief "on the Board". Master of Political Science (thesis: Internet influence on political systems.). Bachelor of Bioinformatics and biology of systems (thesis: Metyloxantines and its influence on heterocyclic aromatic amines in terms of cancer therapy). Working on PHD in medical sciences – gene therapy. Ex-accountant, ex-radio journalist, ex-financial advisor, ex-IT Director and Manager. Business entrepreneur and independent IT consultant. American football player with 3 times national championship, traveler with a passion of life.

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Robert Julius Blokker

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Robert has lived and studied in Leiden for the most part of his Life, taking courses in arts and movies, as well as actively participating in the Occupy movement and perpetuating the longest ongoing demonstration in the Netherlands. He is reading about and investing into various cryptocurrencies in his spare time.

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Robert Stein-Holzheim

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musician, communications-trainer, coach for many pirate candidates and parlamentarians, pirate@heart since compuserve times, homebase Wiesbaden, Germany

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Samuel Carlisle (samthetechie)

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Sam is an electronic engineer, community organizer, civic media expert, and entrepreneur. He establishes technical infrastructure and social patterns that enable collaboration and participation, facilitates and inspires teams, and creates and promotes the use of civic media and disruptive technologies — from 3D printers to etherpads to apps for direct action. Sam is the co-founder of Sukey.org, a platform to keep demonstrators safe, mobile, and informed. He founded OccupyLSX tech, is a key contributor to Cryptoparty, and has been known to go all-in on initiatives like Hurricane Hackers. A longtime member of the London Hackspace, Sam repairs and hacks everything he owns, and helps others become empowered by and involved with maker culture. He has a BEng with honors from Durham University, and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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