Conference, Workshop Pocket Democracy: Hackathon Workshop

Pocket Democracy: Hackathon Workshop © VATMH

Thu, 10/24/2019

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Goethe Pop Up Seattle

How can digital democracy be recognized and used?

“Pocket Democracy” is a two-day workshop and conference between Berlin and Seattle investigating digital technologies as means for alternative political solutions.
The project “Pocket Democracy” looks at ideas and actions that recognize both the dangers and the alternative political solutions digital technologies can offer. Those can involve technologies which are able to recognize false information or manipulated photos and videos; using algorithms to dismantle discriminatory biases;  or technologies enabling free, yet secure, digital elections. “Pocket Democracy” aims to bring together activists, researchers, companies, and politicians in Germany and the United States together to discuss potential political solutions borne from technology.
“Pocket Democracy“ begins with a day-long hackathon to explore current developments in the field of digital democracy and to work on solutions for new forms of political engagement. The hackathon will take place in Seattle as well as Berlin; participants are connected live to share and promote ideas and concepts.
The workshops are divided into three tracks:

I: Data Manipulation and Authentication
II: Party Politics and Digital Opposition
III: Cybersecurity and Democratic Elections
There are three rounds of workshops from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Each workshop group will be led by experts.
Moderators include Jessica L. Beyer (University of Washington), Christoph Bieber (University of Duisburg-Essen), Damien Borth (Thomas Mann Fellow/University of St. Gallen), Sarah Lohmann (Johns Hopkins University), Niko Switek (University of Washington), and
Kristina Weissenbach (University of Washington / University Duisburg-Essen).
Refreshments will be provided.

Participation is free, but space is limited, so please register here.
All workshop participants are also invited to Ramesh Srinivasan’s book talk on Thursday evening at the Cloud Room and Pocket Democracy’s public conference at Central Library the following day, October 25th.
For a detailed schedule of “Pocket Democracy” and registration information for each event, please visit