March 2014 Conference

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PPEU Conference (European Internet Governance and Beyond) will take place on 20th and 21st of March 2014. It will be followed by YPE Conference on 22nd and 23rd March


European Internet Governance and Beyond is an international conference that will be held on Friday, 21st March 2014 as a founding conference of the Pirate Party Europe. It is organized by the office of MEP Amelia Andersdotter as a meeting dedicated to the current issues of Internet Governance, such as net neutrality, copyright reform, freedom of expression and many more. It should define answers for a questions like for example "How to stop the ongoing cyberwar?" that is harming our society, our economy and our capabilities to have a creative and progressive world. The speakers at the conference will represent various sectors of civil society that do work with internet and that are interested in promotion of significant informational change in our society.

Venue: European Parliament

Derogation has to be sent.

As of 22nd Jan 2014 there is no progress. We need to contact Klaus WELLE on this matter.

Program Thursday

  • Thursday: Evening opening schedule 18-21h. Keynote speeches
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Registration of participants
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Opening statements, practical information
  • 19:30 - 19:45 Keynote Speech - Rick Falkvinge, Founder of the Pirate Party of Sweden
  • 19:45 - 20:00 Keynote Speech - TBC
  • 20:00 - 20:30 Keynote Speech - TBC
  • 20:30 - 20:45 Keynote Speech - TBC

Program Friday

  • 9:00 - 10:30 For official visitor groups A, B and C only: Visit to the Parliament visitors section
    • Location: PHS, Visitors section
  • Friday: Conference starts at 11
  • Friday: 11-12:30 The founding conference.
  • Friday: 12:30 - 13:30 Press conference with the Board
  • Friday: 13:00 - 14:00 Sandwich Lunch
  • Friday: 14:00 - 20:00 Afternoon session
  • Friday: 16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break
    • Big room:
      • 12:30 - 13:30 (the press conference)
      • 14:00 - 15:00 Session 3 (Progress of the European Copyright reform)
      • 15:30 - 16:30 Session 4 (Protecting Net neutrality in a polarized world)
      • 17:00 - 18:00 Session 7 (Cyber war vs. net peace)
      • 18:30 - 19:30 Session 1 (TTIP)
      • 19:30 - 20:00 Closing remarks
    • Small room
      • 12:30 - 13:30 Session 9 (Open access)
      • 14:00 - 15:00 Session 8 (Open source)
      • 15:30 - 16:30 Session 2 (Future of the data protection in Europe)
      • 17:00 - 18:00 Session 5 (Surveillance in the digital and real world)
      • 18:30 - 19:30 Session 6 (Civil liberties in online environment - Internet bill of rights)
      • 19:30 - 20:00 Closing remarks
  • Friday: 20:00 - ? Social event
  • Saturday: Manifestation during the day - 10-13 (organized by YPE)

(Expectations: 20 speakers from BXL, 20 from other places. 5 per panel, 40 total. 9 sessions (we need to add one more. Also - should we consider to have one speaker for more than one panel?)

Topics definition

  • Speeches, panels, presentations
  • Pirate topics - focused on program/manifesto
  • Speakers from Civil society.

Program topics

What is to be done

  • Explanations for Jean-Piere Dullaert and Michael Scheiba
    • Jean-Pierre is worried when it comes to use of Budgetline 400 for political event.
    • Michael Scheiba wants more explanation, which was provided. --Jan (talk) 13:14, 5 February 2014 (CET)
  • More women
    • Many were contacted, Meyrem Marzouki is confirmed. --Jan (talk) 13:14, 5 February 2014 (CET)


Basic ideas (version 2)

  • Position of the Pirate movement in the current political game
    • Is Pirate Movement left or right? Is the Pirate movement liberal or conservative? Are we the Greens of our generation? Is the Pirate movement politically unique and easily identifiable? How can we adress what the people need.
  • Future of the data protection in Europe
    • What was actually done since July 2013 when it comes to data protection? What are the biggest threats coming? What should be done in order to have our data safe? How does the Snowden's conclusion changed the world? How does the current effort of Intelligence Agencies affect the combat against terrorism? How safe we are?
  • Progress of the European Copyright reform
    • What was done in recent months when it comes to the copyright? How can we benefit from the copyright reform and what it can bring? How should we act in order to harmonize European legal documents on copyright and how to propose this reform.
  • Protecting Net neutrality in a polarized world
    • Who is attacking Net Neutrality as a concept? How to avoid these attacks and how to identify them? Who is supporting the concept of Net neutrality and who is on our side. What is the position of BEREC, statements of BEREC (should they be also invited to the conference?) What might be the consequences when Net neutrality will be breach - stage by stage. How the multi-tiered Internet can by used in early stages by companies and in late stages by governments against people?
  • Surveillance in the digital and real world
    • Are the online surveillance models going to be used in the real world? What is the future of drone usage? Will these deliver goods or will they deliver bombs? Can be these drones used for surveillance of individuals without any notice? What is the legal framework related to drones in general?
  • Civil liberties in online environment - Internet bill of rights
    • Do we have civil liberties on the internet? Why are these liberties so important? What are the current obstacles that block us from implementing this concept in reality? How would the world change if this is implemented?
  • Cyber war vs. net peace
    • Are we currently facing a cyber war? What can be the solution and how to stop this cyber-war as soon as possible? How do the Intelligence Agencies participate on this cyber war? Or the terrorists or organized crime? How should we reform our law to achieve net peace?
  • Open source
    • Is open source a success story or a failiure? How does the open source see current Europe and the current reform of copyright law? Is open source political or ideological?
  • Open access
    • Is open access a norm today? Should it be our right to access all scientific information freely? Will further promotion of open access mean that all accessed information will be less biased? What is the current situation when it comes to accessing information freely?

  • Trans-atlantic cooperation and digital world
    • How do the current negotiations influence our freedom in the digital world? Is the Investor-state dispute settlement a possible risk for Europe? How the relations between business and citizens interest should look in the future? What is the best way how to make our voice heard? Are the consultations one of the methods?

Panel speakers proposition

Populating the panels:

Note: Numbering order is arbitrary for Jan's understanding. Bold are confirmed speakers, Italics for (almost) confirmed.

  • (2) Future of the data protection in Europe
    • Jan Vobořil (Iuridictum Remedium)
  • (3) Progress of the European Copyright reform
    • Someone from Wikimedia (Dimi? Or someone from WM DE, or WM PL), C4C (need to call them) Creative Commons, Ellen Broad,
  • (4) Protecting Net neutrality in a polarized world
    • Carlo Piana, La quadrature du Net?
  • (5) Surveillance in the digital and real world
    • Mrs. Hildebrandt from VUB, Glenn Greenwald, John Gilmore, Johann Norberg, Slavoj Žižek (?)
  • (6) Civil liberties in online environment - Internet bill of rights
    • Meryem Marzouki
  • (7) Cyber war vs. net peace
    • Jesselyn Radack, Francisca Bosco
  • (8) Open source
    • Stefano Zacchiroli (Debian), ? Isabelle Attard (Assemblé Nationale), Karsten Gerloff, (FSFE), Simon Phipps
  • (9) Open access
    • Raegan MacDonald
  • (1) TTIP
    • Contact the People against TTIP, Glyn Moody, DG Market? Some consumers initiative (BEUC?) might be good.

List of contacted people

  • 05 Dec 2013: Richard Stallman
    • Can join over some video conferencing software. He has a very important meeting on that weekend he is supposed to attend. We can install and run Ekiga instead of Skype, right? --Jan (talk) 13:44, 6 December 2013 (CET)
    • Can send us a pre-recorded message. --Jan (talk) 11:04, 9 December 2013 (CET)
    • The prerecorded text will be about 30 minutes long and there will be place for Questions and Answers. How? That has to be specified yet. --Jan (talk) 11:57, 13 December 2013 (CET)
  • 16 Dec 2013: Lawrence Lessig
    • Based on the available information Lessig declined to participate. We are looking for keynote replacements. --Jan (talk) 15:01, 27 January 2014 (CET)
  • 22 Jan 2014: Creative Commons Europe:
    • A general message to their contact thread, no personal e-mails were found. --Jan (talk) 16:38, 22 January 2014 (CET)
    • Needed to call them. CC BE will be a good choice. --Aktron (talk) 11:01, 10 February 2014 (CET)
    • Creative Commons Germany: No response so far, created through their "contact person". --Jan (talk) 15:34, 3 February 2014 (CET)
  • 23 Jan 2014: Stefano Zacchiroli, former Debian project leader. A good candidate for "open source session".
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 12:49, 23 January 2014 (CET)
    • On 31st Jan, the office of Stefano was contacted by phone and the message was (hopefully) delivered indirectly. --Jan (talk) 15:40, 31 January 2014 (CET)
    • Sent his phone number, I will call him: +33 6 37 81 87 89 --Jan (talk) 11:22, 5 February 2014 (CET)
  • 24 Jan 2014: La quadrature du Net (general e-mail).
    • Not entirely convinced, would like to come but is afraid of the political definition of the conference. He does want to avoid being drawn in a campaining, even in a hidden thing. Further discussion with the person is needed. --Jan (talk) 14:10, 27 January 2014 (CET)
    • Declined, has a busy schedule. --Jan (talk) 11:37, 5 February 2014 (CET)
    • Whole LQDN declined participation. --Aktron (talk) 11:01, 10 February 2014 (CET)
  • 27 Jan 2014: Patrick Schiffer from PP DE (asked for some anti-TTIP speakers, suggested by Paul Bossu)
    • Some NGOs suggested, such as ATTAC or CAMPAC. --Jan (talk) 14:46, 27 January 2014 (CET)
  • 27 Jan 2014: Mireille Hildebrandt from VUB.
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 15:01, 27 January 2014 (CET)
  • 28 Jan 2014: A meeting with Kirsten Fiedler from EDRI is scheduled on Saturday (1st Feb) 14:00 (FOSDEM). A meeting with Karim took place about 16:00 (28th) and mentioned what do we need:
    • Suggestions for some speakers, mostly NGOs, topics like Data Protection, Online Survelliance and Open Access preferred. EDRI might have a speech there as well, but this is not a priority (NGOs are preferred).
    • A list of these people will be available during the rest of the week. No endorsement from EDRI for our event is needed so far.
    • Kirsten requires support for project. --Jan (talk) 15:03, 3 February 2014 (CET)
    • Will be discussed during the Net Politics Beer on 10th Feb. --Aktron (talk) 11:01, 10 February 2014 (CET)
  • 29 Jan 2014: Glyn Moody (Panel no 1: TTIP).
    • Wants more info: How much people, Which people, What speakers, How many, What are the other topics etc. He was provided with everything. A response is expected. --Jan (talk) 12:44, 29 January 2014 (CET)
    • Agreed with the proposal and is willing to come. --Jan (talk) 15:08, 3 February 2014 (CET)
  • 29 Jan 2014: Meryem Marzouki (Panel no: 6: Civil liberties in online environment - Internet bill of rights)
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 11:41, 29 January 2014 (CET)
    • Confirmed participation. --Jan (talk) 10:21, 4 February 2014 (CET)
  • 31 Jan 2014: (general e-mail)
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 15:19, 31 January 2014 (CET)
  • 31 Jan 2014: John Gilmore
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 15:29, 31 January 2014 (CET)
    • On 8 Feb Mab forwarded emails from Gilmore and Laura Creighton, sent 5 February, in which they asked if we still wanted Gilmore as a speaker. I replied confirming that yes, we do want him as a keynote speaker on March 20. --Andersju (talk) 18:17, 8 February 2014 (CET)
  • 31 Jan 2014: Samy Kamkar.
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 15:40, 31 January 2014 (CET)
  • 03 Feb 2014: Carlo Piana.
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 15:08, 3 February 2014 (CET)
    • She might like to come. --Aktron (talk) 11:01, 10 February 2014 (CET)
  • 03 Feb 2014: Johan Norberg.
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 15:25, 3 February 2014 (CET)
  • 03 Feb 2014: Iuridictum Remedium.
    • No response so far. --Jan (talk) 16:16, 3 February 2014 (CET)
    • Got a response. They might be interested in the topic, as soon as they have confirmed that the travel and stay will be covered (they informed that they have problems to finance trips abroad themselves)--Jan (talk) 09:56, 7 February 2014 (CET)
  • 05 Feb 2014: Francesca Bosco (tweeted).
    • No response so far. Tweeted, no other communications channel was found. --Jan (talk) 10:40, 5 February 2014 (CET)
  • 05 Feb 2014: Simon Phipps (tweeted)
    • No response so far. Tweeted, no other communications channel was found. --Jan (talk) 11:18, 5 February 2014 (CET)
  • Gabrielle Guillemin (a contact for the person from their legal department received after they were called).
    • Called the office, e-mailed the person. Waiting for a response. --Jan (talk) 11:02, 4 February 2014 (CET)
    • She would like to come, asked for more info. No repsonse. A call would be good. --Aktron (talk) 11:01, 10 February 2014 (CET)

Who else should be invited?

  • James Boyle as an alternative to Lessig? Law professor, one of the founding CC board members, "co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain". "In his latest work on intellectual property, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (2008), Boyle argues that the current system of copyright protections fails to fulfill the original intent of copyright: rewarding and encouraging creativity." -- I (Anders) saw him do a lecture about this in Sweden a couple of years ago and he was a great speaker, highly engaging.
  • Karsten Gerloff, FSFE,
  • Jan Wildeboer, Red Hat,
  • Carlo Piana, independent lawyer,
  • Georg Greve, Kolabsys,
  • Simon Phipps, OSI,
  • Glyn Moody, independent journalist,
  • Rainey Reitman, EFF activism director,

  • Katitza Rodriguez, EFF international rights director / former IGF MAG


  • Renata Avila, CC board of directors & human rights / IP lawyer,

  • Laura Poitras, documentary filmmaker, Greenwald's collaborator who's

received far too little credit for the Snowden stories, (she's also worked with Jacob Appelbaum, and Greenwald held the keynote at 30C3, so I'm thinking she might be friendly to our cause)

  • Jesselyn Radack, "former ethics adviser to the United States

Department of Justice" turned whistleblower, "currently the National Security and Human Rights Director of the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower organization", also a friend of Appelbaum & co, represented NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, very active public speaker

  • Francesca Bosco on cybersecurity issues. From European University.
  • Eleonora Rosati is a copyright expert from Cambridge (Dulong might be more interesting though).
  • Katarina Irion (?) from Central Eastern University has written extensively on the audio-visual media services directive and also mass-surveillance. She's cool.
  • Mireille Hildebrandt or Katja de Vries from VUB would be good. They're both surveillance experts.
  • Marit Hansen from Schleswig-Holstein data protection authority.
  • Melanie Dulong from COMMUNIA network.
  • Isabelle Attard from French national assembly - has done lots of good work on open source and DRM. (
  • Gabrielle Guillemin (a contact for the person from their legal department received after they were called).


An updated version of the budget was sent. Jean-Pierre Dullaert was called and he promised to solve this issue as soon as possible in the week 10-16 February.

Item No. EUR financed by European Internet Governance and Beyond
The budget for the afternoon panel session
1 6,000.00 € budget line 400 Travel costs for 40 panelists in total.
The panelists will be speakers at the afternoon session of the European Internet Governance and Beyond (9 panels will be organized).
2 5,600.00 € budget line 400 Accommodation costs for 40 panelists in total.
These costs include 2 nights in a standard hotel in Brussels. We expect their arrival one day earlier, as they will travel from around Europe (and even from more distant areas). There is also an informal social event planned for the conference a day earlier (ie. Standard “icebreaking”) session.
3 5,000.00 € budget line 400 Visitors from non-EU countries: travel
There is an interest of the group of students from Belarus to come to our conference. This sum should cover the costs for travel for 10-12 people from Minsk to Brussels and back
4 1,000.00 € budget line 400 Visitors from non-EU countries: Accommodation
There is an interest of the group of students from Belarus to come to our conference. This sum should cover the costs for travel for 10-12 people from Minsk to Brussels and back
5 450.00 € budget line 400 Visitors from non-EU countries: visa
Visa for participants from Belarus
5 1,500.00 € budget line 400 500 promotional booklets for visitors of our event. These promotional posters will include information about the event and also the speakers bio
Our visitors will receive booklets that will include information about the event (basic description) and about the speakers who will come to our event. There will be biographies and photographs.
6 20.00 € budget line 400 Promotion – posters about the conference.
Posters that will be distributed in the parliament and in nearby places, just like with any other our event.
7 850.00 € budget line 400 Personalized badges for visitors of our event.
Our visitors will be given personalized badges since they are participants of the session.
9 1,400.00 € budget line 400 coffee for 500 people, at 16:00
a standard coffee break
10 500.00 € budget line 400 Travel costs for volunteers that will help up with preparation of the whole conference (up to 5 people)
The conference sparked some interest between volunteers in several member states. Considering the size of the conference, it would be good to have volunteers from various member states that are willing to help us in Brussels.
11 500.00 € budget line 400 Accommodation for volunteers that will help up with preparation of the whole conference (up to 5 people)
Above mentioned volunteers will stay in a selected accommodation of a corresponding level to them being volunteers.
12 280.00 € budget line 400 Preparation travel for volunteers that will help up with preparation of the whole conference (up to 5 people)
This costs will be used for the volunteers in case that any travels around Brussels when it comes to preparations and negotiations will be needed.
13 2,100.00 € budget line 400 Costs of the streaming of the conference.
The afternoon panel sessions will be broadcasted online to all interested people.
14 800.00 € budget line 400 dinner for all panelists
Providing a dinner is usually a standard option during numerous conferences, camps and other sessions.
15 1,100.00 € budget line 400 Additional promotional material
Any other requested promotional material to the event.
16 400.00 € budget line 400 Roll-ups
Considering the size of the event, roll-ups would be a very good method of promoting the conference.
27,500.00 € total

Open questions

To ask Julia Reda

From Nils:

  • Can "everyone" come to the YPE event?
  • Are they planning anything for Sunday?

Other questions

  • We will have visitors/delegates from PPEU founding parties who cannot be reimbursed by the EU. Currently Norway and Switzerland. Do we reimburse them? Who? How? From what part of the budget?
    • I have to meet with Jean-Pierre DULLAERT and propose a change in the budget. The total sum should be the same, but some of the items will change. We have already some people announced from Belarus that would like to come. So the question is now: How many people from countries like CH, NO, BY etc. Also remember, that candidate countries can have visitors reimbursed, so this solves Iceland and the Balkans. --Jan (talk) 09:41, 5 February 2014 (CET)
    • Supplemental: Jean-Pierre already seen our propopsal. He is not very supportive to it, at least since there is a clearly political event in the beginning. So that also mean that we have to redo the proposal in some way that it will be clear that the political part of our event (ie. the founding ceremony: marked in green) would not be paid from the Budget line 400. --Jan (talk) 12:26, 5 February 2014 (CET)

Visitors groups

  • Amelia, PPEU-1: 55 people.
    • On 5 February, the form requesting 55 people (signed by Amelia) was sent to Pernilla Jourde/Maritta Klaavi. I also emailed them about this, asking for confirmation. On 6 February I received a reply to an earlier email I sent to Maritta, asking about how many people Amelia could sponsor this year. She wrote:
      The quota for the sponsored groups is in annual basis 110 persons in max 5 groups. However during election year, the quota is split in half: 55 persons in max 3 groups in spring and remaining 55 in max 2 groups next autumn. Amelia has currently one booking (joined slot with Engström) 21.3. at 9.00-10.30 for 20 sponsored. So she still has 35 to be sponsored before 30.6.2014. Those remaining you can devide into 2 groups.
      I replied explaining about new form requesting 55 people, asking if that one could replace the 20-person booking (which I was not aware of). Awaiting reply. --Andersju (talk) 15:14, 6 February 2014 (CET)
    • Reply from Klaavi, 6 February:
      Sure its ok to invite 55 in one go, so dont worry. I will correct the booking when I get the application. If you have any questions, you can eg pop in our office and we will explain all the things :) --Andersju (talk) 15:23, 6 February 2014 (CET)
  • Christian, PPEU-2: 55 people.
    • On 5 February I told Christian's assistant Sara to have the form signed and sent to Pernilla Jourde/Maritta Klaavi. On 6 February she told me she'd seen the email and would take care of it. --Andersju (talk) 15:14, 6 February 2014 (CET)
    • Christian's form has been sent per email to Jourde & Klaavu. --Andersju (talk) 15:56, 6 February 2014 (CET)
    • Pernilla Jourde replied "Thank you" on 6 February. --Andersju (talk) 23:09, 6 February 2014 (CET)
  • Martin Ehrenhauser: 55 people?
    • Status: No idea. Mab told us earlier that Ehrenhauser wanted "control" of his group. Unclear what this means. We need to contact his office. --Andersju (talk) 15:14, 6 February 2014 (CET)
    • Email sent to Ehrenhauser and his assistant in the afternoon, asking for clarification. Awaiting reply. --Andersju (talk) 23:10, 6 February 2014 (CET)

Amelia's group

Christian's group

Martin Erenhauser's group

Christopher Clay (C3O) from the Pirate Party in Austria is in charge and leader of an actual group we have registered for March 21st.

They actually have reported 25 people - but they will try to increase to 55. If this will be accepted from the visitors office, we can bring the difference to Brussels.


The sandwich lunch between PPEU founding and conference start was scrapped, but people in visitors groups get €40 per person for food. Nils and Mab spoke about this earlier and concluded that this money should go towards food that we (the office) buy. We should organize some sort of lunch on Friday for this money. --Andersju (talk) 18:58, 7 February 2014 (CET)