The theme of PDF 2018 is “How We Make Good,” with a focus on two inter-related questions:
- How we make good on creating, strengthening, and securing democracy and its core institutions.
- How we make sure that tech acts as a force for good in the civic life of the citizens of democracy.
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And this year, we want to make sure we all make good…on our promises, on our values, on ensuring that tech works for social justice, on defending democracy, and on creating a future that we all will want to live in.
This year, we will be at New York Law School in New York City’s Tribeca, a more intimate venue better suited to collaboration.
On both days of PDF, we’ll start together in plenary session. To get warmed up, we’ll hear a few fast five-minute talks and demos. And then we’ll go deep for the rest of the morning, with five hand-picked anchor keynote talks, each followed by audience Q&A.
Then, after a networking lunch, you’ll dive in to a 90-minute workshop session, led by those anchor keynotes, with some supporter speakers and assisted by expert facilitation.
The day will end with PDFopen, 90 minutes of unconference-style talks, breakouts, speed-dating and demos generated by conference participants.
The goal: to help you connect with the people, ideas, and movements that are making good, right now.
Finally, to make sure those relationships have the best chances to form and stick, we’re building an online community discussion board for attendees to start the conversation and share resources well before June, and to ensure that it keeps going afterward.
Who comes to PDF?
Topics we’ll be covering:
Modernizing the critical infrastructure of democracy
Figuring out how to boost voter turnout to 80% by 2024
New experiments in liquid democracy
Reinventing local democracy in the wake of the 2016 election
Moving online participation to offline engagement
How social media platforms are damaging democracy
Building a healthier media system
Combating peer-to-peer misinformation
Designing systems that reinforce trust rather than mistrust
Challenging how surveillance technologies punish the poor
Fostering a code of ethics for data practitioners
Freedom cities versus smart cities