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Personal Democracy Forum celebrated it's 13th year with talks, discussion, and community building among people interested in the" intersection of technology, politics, government and civic life." PDF founders Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry kicked off the event by, and introducing Mary Katherine Ham who gave a talk about her late husband, and the talk he had intended to deliver from the same stage which drew parallels between the founding of the USA and tech startups. It was a moving beginning to a powerful two days where people discussed this years theme: The Tech We Need.

Personal Democracy Forum celebrated its 13th year with talks, discussion, and community building among people working at the intersection of technology, politics, government, and civic life. PDF founders Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry kicked off the event by remembering the late Jake Brewer. Mary Katherine Ham, Jake Brewer’s wife, spoke about grieving for her late husband, and gave the talk he had intended to deliver from the same stage, drawing parallels between the founding of the United States and tech startups. It was a moving beginning to a powerful two days centered around the theme: The Tech We Need.

Speaker: Marina Martin   Talk: Debugging the Bureaucracy   Speaker: Robin Carnahan   Talk: Beyond the Beltway: Transformation in the (Digital) Laboratories of Democracy   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Marina Martin on debugging the bureaucracy from within the Department of Veteran’s Affairs; 18F’s Robin Carnahan on transformation in the (digital) laboratories of democracy.

Speaker: Stacy Donahue   Talk: Engines of Change: What Civic Tech Can Learn From Social Movements   Speaker: Elizabeth Stewart   Talk: Introducing Civic Hall Labs   Speaker: Greg Bloom   Talk: Building a Safety Net for the 21st Century   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

The Omidyar Network’s Stacy Donahue on what civic tech can learn from social movements; Elizabeth Stewart introducing Civic Hall Labs; Open Referral’s Greg Bloom on building a safety net for the 21st century.

Speaker: Kristen Soltis Anderson    Talk: Beyond Big vs. Little Government: Why Conservatives Should Rally Behind Data-Driven Government   Speaker: Zach Exley   Talk: Lessons from the Sanders Campaign: How We Can Again Unleash the Power of Many   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Kristen Soltis Anderson on why conservatives should rally behind data-driven government; Zach Exley on lessons learned during the Sanders campaign.

Speaker: Mariana Ruiz Firmat   Talk: Kairos: How a Small Experiment is Changing the Face of Digital Organizing   Speaker: Erin Vilardi   Talk: When Women Run: How Peer-to-Peer Organizing Can Change the Ratio   Speaker: Sam Dorman   Talk: Love Your Technology: The Product Team Approach   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Mariana Ruiz Firmat on Kairos, a small experiment changing the face of digital organizing; Erin Vilardi on how peer-to-peer organizing is getting more women to run for office; Sam Dorman on the product team approach to loving your technology; Alia McKee on how to design with compassion, in two acts.

Speaker: Sherry Turkle   Talk: The Pretense of Empathic Machines   Speaker: Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm   Talk: The Promise and Perils of Being a Civic Eyewitness   Speaker: Mark Surman   Talk: Preserving the Free and Open Internet   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Sherry Turkle on the pretense of empathic machines; Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm on the promise and perils of being a civic eyewitness; Mark Surman on preserving the free and open internet.

Speaker: Nick Grossman   Talk: Regulating With Data: Solving for Transparency, Accountability, Privacy and Surveillance   Speaker: danah boyd   Talk: Be Careful What You Code For   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Nick Grossman on regulating with data: solving for transparency, accountability, privacy, and surveillance; danah boyd on the importance of coding with care.

Speaker: Perry Rosenstein   Talk: The Purpose Driven Organizer   Speaker: Andrew Konya   Talk: How to Use AI to Have a Real Conversation With a Crowd   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Day Two: Perry Rosenstein on the purpose driven organizer; Andrew Konya on using AI to have a conversation with a crowd.

Speaker: Amanda Rose   Talk: Timecounts: Community Mobilization For the Modern Organizer   Speaker: Tracy Dennis-Tiwary   Talk: Calming The Politics of Fear: Technology and the Anxious Brain   Speaker: Luna Malbroux   Talk: Laughter is the Most Serious Weapon   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Amanda Rose on Timecounts: community mobilization for the modern organizer; Tracy Dennis-Tiwary on calming the politics of fear: technology and the anxious brain; Luna Malbroux on laughter, the most serious weapon.

Speaker: Kate Crawford   Talk: Know Your Terrorist Credit Score   Speaker: Safiya Noble   Talk: Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Kate Crawford on the emergence of the terrorist credit score; Safiya Noble on challenging the algorithms of oppression.

Speaker: Josh Klein   Talk: Big Data and Social Control: A Brave New World?   Speaker: Jason Mogus   Talk: Networked Change: How Advocacy Campaigns are Won in the 21st Century   Speaker: Esra'a al-Shafei   Talk: The Myth of Imported Solutions: Tech and Human Rights in the Middle East   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Josh Klein on big Data and social control; Jason Mogus on how advocacy campaigns are won in the 21st century; Esra’a al-Shafei on tech and human rights in the Middle East, and the myth of imported solutions.

Speaker: Wael Ghonim   Talk: Mobocratic Algorithms: How the Attention Economy is Driving Polarization, and What We Can do About it.   Speaker: Alicia Garza   Talk: What's Democracy Got to Do With It? How Black Power Aims to Transform Democracy   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Wael Ghonim on how the attention economy is driving polarization, and what we can do about it; Alicia Garza on how Black power aims to transform democracy.

Speaker: Kentaro Toyama   Talk: Where Is Our First Law of Robotics? Why Politics Must Trump Technology   Speaker: Natalie Foster   Talk: A Social Contract for the 21st Century   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Kentaro Toyama on why politics must trump technology; Natalie Foster on a social contract for the 21st century.

Anand Kulkarni on why digital jobs can make for good work; Anil Dash on the importance of ethics and accountability in the tech industry.

Anand Kulkarni on why digital jobs can make for good work; Anil Dash on the importance of ethics and accountability in the tech industry.

Speaker: Douglas Rushkoff   Talk: Reprogramming the Economy: From Growth to Prosperity   Event: Personal Democracy Forum 2016   2016 Theme: The Tech We Need   Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU

Douglas Rushkoff summing everything up and explaining how we can reprogram the economy.