How do politicians, academics and activists perceive the limits of representative democracy in 2017 and for the years to come? Can current institutions handle radically new practices? Will civic technologies really change politics?

The French Institute and Citizen OS are glad to invite you to a debate night about the digital transformation of our political systems. We’ll be discussing e-democracy, e-participation and e-government with experts from all over Europe.



Pierre-Louis Rolle works for the Digital Agency of the French Ministry of Economics. Before that he was in charge of e-participation at the city of Nanterre where they set up a citizen engagement platform running on DemocracyOS. He’s one of the leaders of Open Democracy Now, the cycle of hackathons that gather activists and public officials to work on open source tools. Pierre-Louis also teaches governance in the digital age at the university Sciences Po St-Germain-en-Laye.


Marco Deseriis received his PhD from New York University in 2011. His writings explore cultural and political dimensions of Internet-based activism, more specifically the relationship between networked media and collective identities, and the rise of distributed forms of authorship. Marco’s current research focuses on the rise of participatory techno-politics and on a comparative analysis of the political values embedded in decision-making software such as LiquidFeedback, AdHocracy, and DemocracyOS.


Maija Jäske is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Turku. Her research interests include crowdsourcing in legislative practices and other democratic innovations. Her most recent work focuses on “soft” forms of direct democracy in Finland, such as the Finnish Citizens’ Initiatives and advisory referendums in Finnish local governments.


The panel discussion will be moderated by Kadi Maria Vooglaid (research associate, CitizenOS) and Maarja Toots (research fellow, Ragnar Nurkse Institute of Innovation and Governance).

The debate will be held in English and video recorded. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided after the debate.



The panel discussion will take place at Theatre NO99 (Sakala 3, Tallinn).

The nearest bus stops are Estonia and Vabaduse väljak. For trolleybuses Kaubamaja and Vabaduse väljak.

Bicycles can be parked either outside to the bicycle stand or to the bicycle storage inside to the entrance hall. Cars can be parked to the parking lot located behind the theater. Entrance from the Kentmanni street. Parking lot opens at 5.30 pm and is closed after closing the cafe. Parking is free for the theatre and cafe visitors. Note! Do not leave your car in front of the house, to the parking spaces of the Estonian Defence Ministry (also Sakala 3). Tallinn Transport Authorities will tow them away.


With any additional questions write to Kadi ( or Geoffroy ( We will answer as soon as we can.


We are hoping to see you there!