Open Europe: Open Data for Open Society

International Expert Panel Discussion

February 18, 2015
Zemgale Region Human Resource and Competences Development Centre, Svētes Str. 33, Jelgava


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International Conference Programme, February 19, 2015, Riga


09:30 – 10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Opening

European Citizens’ Initiative Video Photos

Moderator: Iveta Kažoka (Latvia), researcher
Experts: Joonas Pekkanen (Finland), Madara Peipiņa (Latvia), Peter Herlihy (United Kingdom), Uwe Serdült (Switzerland), Liia Hänni (Estonia), Xavier Dutoit (France)

10:10 – 11:00 European Citizens’ Initiative: Introduction of Experts and Short Presentations by Experts


11:00 – 12:15 European Citizens’ Initiative: Questions for Experts by Moderator, Expert Closing Remarks, Question-and-Answer Section

12:15 – 12:30 European Citizens’ Initiative: Closing and Conclusions by Moderator, Recommendations

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch and Networking

Open Data Video Photos

Moderator: Aigars Jaundālders (Latvia), Member of Board of Latvian Open Technology Association
Experts: Nuria de Lama (Spain),  Arnis Daugulis (Latvia), Baiba Kaškina (Latvia), Karel Charvat (Czech Republic), Rosana Lemut-Strle (Slovenia), Dr. Georg Hittmair (Austria), Freyja Van den Boom (Belgium), Jaak Vlasveld (Netherlands), Christiana Maria Mauro (Hungary)

13:45 – 14:45 Open Data: Introduction of Experts and Short Presentations by Experts


14:45 – 15:35 Open Data:  Questions for Experts by Moderator, Expert Closing Remarks, Question-and-Answer Section

15:35 – 15:45 Open Data: Closing and Conclusions by Moderator, Recommendations

15:45 – 16:00 Closing and Conclusions

Language: English

Moderators and Experts

Karel Charvat (Czech Republic)

KaarelProject manager of Czech Centre for Science and Society, WirelessInfo, Help Service Remote Sensing and Baltic Open Solution Centre and vice chairman of Club of Ossiach


Education: Mathematical Physical Faculty of Charles University in Prague – Doctor in theoretical cybernetics.

Member of CSITA, Former President of European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture Food and Environment (EFITA), evaluator of EC projects.

Participants of more then 30 european projects, coordinator or technical coordinator of projects WirelessInfo, PremathMod, NaturNet Redime, Naturnet Plus, FOODIE, SDI4Apps

Key qualification: Project management, Open Data, ICT for Agriculture and Environment, International cooperation, SDI design, strategic studies and management of projects in ICT and SDI.


Arnis Daugulis (Latvia)

arnis_daugulis_photoDeputy State Secretary (ICT & eGovernment) at Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia.

Arnis Daugulis carries responsibility of defining ICT and eGovernment policy, strategy and implementation plans for the government of Latvia.
Before joining the government of Latvia, Arnis was a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and member of the management board at AS “Latvenergo”, one of the largest power utility companies in Baltic countries. During 12 years at the CIO position, Arnis has accrued experience in running ICT function for large company, taking care of both ICT governance, business alignment, strategic development, and ICT operations.

Arnis has been a member of the Management Board of Latvian Telecommunications Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of European Utility Telecom Council (EUTC) based in Brussels. He is a co-founder of the Latvian CIO Forum, informal organization of CIOs of largest Latvian companies.



Nuria de Lama (Spain)

Advisory Boards meeting - 23.05.2013Representative of Atos Research & Innovation to the European Commission

Nuria de Lama studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She has been working for 15 years in Research & Development in IT in different environments. After several years managing the department of International projects in an SME specialized in wireless and mobile technologies, she joined Atos in 2005, where she first led a Research Unit on Rural and Industrial development. In 2006 she was appointed Head of the Research unit on Semantics, Software and Service Engineering and since 2010 she is Representative of Atos Research and Innovation to the European Commission. In that position she is responsible for the coordination of European research activities of Atos at EU level, contributing to the R&D strategy, partnerships and business development. This includes the participation of Atos in strategic initiatives such as Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and European Technology Platforms (ETP), mainly in the Future Internet and Big Data domains.  She is formal representative of Atos in European Technology Platform on Software and Services (NESSI), the CELTIC Plus Eureka program focused on Telecommunications, member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) and Vice-Secretary General of the Big Data Value Association. She is an active member of the Future Internet community, coordinating Atos project portfolio in the Future Internet Program, operatively involved in FIWARE ( as Collaboration Officer and member of the Future Internet Steering Board. She has worked as independent expert for the European Commission in many occasions as proposal evaluator, project reviewer and rapporteur, and as a long track record of participation as speaker in international conferences and events.



Xavier Dutoit (France)

dutoit_xavier-extra_largeInternet and online campaigns expert
Xavier Dutoit is an award-winning internet expert, who has extensive experience of building online tools and communities. He is committed to the transformative power of technology to achieve democratic change on behalf of citizens everywhere. Xavier Dutoit is a computer engineer and open source evangelist who is running a number of companies all on the mission of spreading technology to the people as a catalyst of people’s right to participation. He has a long track record of running successful pan-European online campaigns and developing wide NGO networks. In 2013 he managed the technological side of the first ever successful ECI campaign, Right2Water. He has been using open data and datavisualisation for campaigns to increase transparency, for instance



Liia Hänni (Estonia)

Liinae-Democracy Program Director, e-Governance Academy
Liia Hänni is physicist by education, she holds  Ph.D. degree.  She worked 20 years in science doing research on astrophysics. During the period of restitution of independence of Estonia and following transition  to democracy Liia became actively involved in politics. She was a Member of Parliament (1990 -2003) and Cabinet Minister responsible for property reform (1992-1995).  She has been involved in constitutional and the EU affairs. From the beginning of 2005 Liia Hänni is leading the e-democracy programme of e-Governance Academy. She promotes use of ICT for democratic governance and empowerment of citizens.



Peter Herlihy (United Kingdom)

peteProduct manager of Government Digital Service

Peter Herlihy is one of the founding members of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS).  He is responsible for the delivery of a number of high profile, innovative digital services including: e-petitions, online voter registration and the UK Government’s single domain website  He works extensively with a number of governments all around the world, sharing knowledge and expertise, both informally and through networks such as the D5.
Peter has a technical background and works to deliver digital services and platforms that relentlessly focus on meeting the needs of those people that use them. Or as his organisation motto puts it –  “delivering digital services so good people prefer to use them”.
You can find Peter on twitter – @yahoo_pete


Dr. Georg Hittmair (Austria)

dr georgeLawyer, Member of PSI Alliance

Dr. Georg Hittmair was born in Vienna 1960 and studied law at university Innsbruck (Dr. juris in 1997) where he also did his court internship at the regional court. In 1987 Hittmair started work for a CD pressing plant in Elbigenalp, Tyrol, as project manager for CD-ROM productions. Since then Dr. Hittmair held different professional stations, but all his professional life he was involved in the topic of electronic publishing. He worked as a consultant for CD Rom productions and as general manager of a CD ROM wholesale company. Hittmair started to work for net-value, a Viennese Internet agency in 2000 and he made a decisive contribution to the development of citizen´s service platforms in Austria. After completing his studies with an LLM degree at the University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna he became head of legal and public affairs at Compass, a publishing house based in Vienna. In that function he represents the PSI Alliance in various European networks.

Aigars Jaundālders (Latvia)

Aigars_Jaundalders_portrait_6688-600x901Member of the Board of Latvian open technology association and Head of Startup Business Group at DPA

Aigars Jaundālders is Member of the Board of Latvian open technology association and Head of Startup Business Group at DPA ( Aigars has not only more than 15 years of experience in various expert groups working on various ICT policy topics, including e-invoicing in the EU, but he is also practicing developer with hands on experience developing and launching software products.  Given such a broad engagement scope, Aigars is also among few people who has experienced open data challenges throughout value chain – from policy planning to hands on software development work and customer experience. Aigars is also avid IT security advocate, he believes that we all should stop pretending. IT industry should stop pretending that unrealistic requirements we levy upon users are working (can we really expect anyone to remember unlimited number of 15+ character long passwords?).He is also inventor, author of multiple patents.

Baiba Kaškina (Latvia)

baiba kaskinaGeneral manager of CERT.LV  (Latvian National and governmental CSIRT)

Baiba Kaskina is managing all activities of CERT.LV including incident response, awareness raising and liaison with the constituencies.
She has been leading CSIRT teams since 2006 and used to work for TERENA (Netherlands) managing large scale projects, she also have been on the FIRST annual conference programme committee and is currently the chair of TF-CSIRT.
She is responsible liaison with the IT critical infrastructure representatives in Latvia and keeps close relationship with many parts of the diverse CERT.LV constituency.
B.Kaskina holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Latvia.

Iveta Kažoka (Latvia)

IvetaKazokafotoPolicy analyst for Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS

Iveta Kazoka is a policy analyst for Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS, a leading policy think-tank in Latvia.  Her spheres of expertise include good governance  at both the national and EU level, including citizen engagement in decision-making. She was one of the co-writer of the new law on Latvian citizens’ initiatives. Iveta has been involved in creating several successful Latvian e-participation websites such as, for example, Iveta has also created Democracy One Day Blog ( – which is an informal blog dedicated to the world’s most interesting e-initiatives that are already transforming the nature of democracy.



Rosana Lemut-Strle (Slovenia)

Rosana_02 A cofounder of the Institute for privacy and access to information – Info House; an NGO (š

Rosana Lemut Strle has a Master degree in Law and worked at the Information Commissioner of Republic of Slovenia, as a Deputy Information Commissioner for almost six years. From January 2015 she works in a Law firm and is also a cofounder of an NGO; the Institute for privacy and access to information – Info House. Her professional work is now primarily focused on the personal data protection and access to public information. Before, she worked at the health Insurance Institute of Slovenia as a Director of compulsory health insurance section.
She is the author of numerous articles on health insurance, and especially on protection of personal data and freedom of information. She is also active as a lecturer.


Christiana Maria Mauro (Hungary)


Independent Data Protection Advocate

Christiana Maria Mauro is a legal advocate whose work has focused on the legal challenges posed by Internet policy measures in Europe, particularly in reconciling civil liberties with security and other interests. She has argued that the electronic transaction ecosystem and privacy would be compromised by Europe’s new eIDAS Regulation and has presented amendment specifications to mitigate the risks of private-public convergences.

Ms. Mauro graduated from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (Corvinus University) with an MA in European Studies and received her LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University. She has worked with a number of organizations concerned with issues of civil rights in the digital environment (AKVorrat, European Digital Rights, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Data Research Network) and is currently assisting in European efforts to clarify the economic and consumer rights implications of the TTIP/TISA trade agreements. She is also helping to develop educational material and policy instruments to protect and promote data protection and government transparency. Her research interests include the function of privacy in open societies, surveillance and the challenges faced by Eastern European countries in adopting democracy.


Madara Peipiņa (Latvia)

madara peipinaPublic e-petition platform , CEO
Madara Peipina represents one of the most innovative and successful e-petition platforms in Europe – / MyVoice, helping to bring people’s ideas to Parliament. She works towards social change in various parts of society, putting in practice her more than 10 years of experience in non-profit project management, communications, non-formal education and law.
Twitter: @madarapeipina




Joonas Pekkanen (Finland)

JoonasChairman of Avoin Ministeriö, or Open Ministry

Joonas Pekkanen is the Chairman of Avoin Ministeriö, or Open Ministry, a non-profit organization based in Helsinki, Finland which facilitates the crowdsourcing of legislation and putting well-prepared law proposals for the consideration of Finland’s Parliament. Joonas is also member of the board of Open Knowledge Finland, which is an association that supports open data, open democracy, open research and all other things open. He is currently engaged in the D-Cent project ( which aims to provide better tools for coordinating grass-roots civil movements to implement policy change.



Uwe Serdült (Switzerland)

uwe_serdultVice-director of the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy

Uwe Serdült is vice-director, lecturer and senior researcher at the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) as well as co-director of the e-Democracy Centre (edc), both part of the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Before coming to the ZDA he taught and worked as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at various universities in Switzerland (ETH Zurich, Uni Zurich, Uni Geneva). Research stays lead him to Poland (PU Cracow, 2013/14), Japan (Waseda University, 2002/2003; Ritsumeikan University, 2011), and the USA (University of Pittsburgh, 1999/2000).
His research interests focus on direct and electronic democracy (; Within electronic democracy he is particularly interested in internet voting and tools enhancing transparency in an information society (,, studying effects of ICTs on political systems.


Freyja Van den Boom (Belgium)

fvdbResearcher at ICRI/CIR

Freyja van den Boom obtained her Masters in Law (LLM) degree at Tilburg University. Before joining ICRI/CIR in 2014. She worked as a Trademark and Design attorney and legal advisor at one of Europe’s largest consultancies specializing in intellectual property law and as a lecturer Law and Ethics at the Academy of Digital Entertainment.
As a legal researcher at ICRI/CIR Freyja focuses on legal issues related to open data, data protection and privacy, liability and intellectual property rights. She is currently doing research on open access to scientific information and Public Sector Information.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT
Founded in 1990 by Professor Jos Dumortier
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI/CIR) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven dedicated to advance and promote legal knowledge about the information society through research and teaching of the highest quality. ICRI/CIR is also among the founding members of The LEUVEN Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) and iMinds.
ICRI/CIR is committed to contribute to a better and more efficient regulatory and policy framework for information & communication technologies (ICTs). Its research is focused on the design of innovative legal engineering techniques and is characterised by its intra- and interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilisation between legal, technical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives. By conducting groundbreaking legal research in a spirit of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry, ICRI/CIR aspires to a place among the centres of excellence in the area of law & ICT in Europe and beyond.


Jaak Vlasveld (Netherlands)

Jaak 1 BW croppedDirector Green IT Amsterdam Region

Jaak Vlasveld is an innovation expert, experienced in integrating new technologies in current and novel scenarios through setting up and running multi-stakeholder collaboration programmes. Jaak has a background in telematics and in philosophy. He consulted on various topics, including the ICT infrastructure for science in the Netherlands, on adoption of mobile e-Health services and on the role of stakeholder involvement in services innovation.

Currently, Jaak Vlasveld is director of Green IT Amsterdam Region, a research oriented consortium of stakeholders focusing on ICT and sustainability.  Green IT Amsterdam develops and researches on non‐profit basis Green IT solutions and possible policies. Green IT is a non-profit legal entity acting as an association for the IT‐sector, the Energy sector, user organisations and knowledge institutes, with as objectives 1) the greening of IT, 2) greening by IT, and 3) creating new business opportunities for the “Green IT Economy”, in order to contribute to carbon reduction goals. With over 40 public and private consortium participants, Green IT Amsterdam is a strong local network with ties to the ICT community, energy sector, and public authorities, with R&D&I activities throughout Europe.