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8.00-9.00 Networking over coffee

9.00-10.00 Welcome and key note speeches

Marek Zagórski, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland

Krzysztof Silicki, NASK

Agnieszka Skala PhD, Warsaw University of Technology

Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

Aleksander Kutela, Grupa SA, Digital Poland Foundation

Krzysztof Szubert, UN Multistakeholder Advisory Group

Igor Ostrowski, Dentons

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-11.30 Parallel sessions

Path 1 Rules for responsible Internet platforms. What is the future of the eCommerce Directive?

Chris Sherwood, OLX Group

Natalia Mileszyk, Digital Centre Foundation

Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon Foundation

Maciej Groń, Ministry of Digital Affairs

           Sylwia Czubkowska, Gazeta Wyborcza, Wyborcza Tech will moderate the discussion.

During the round table we would like to talk about:

  • what intermediaries already do to ensure users' trust and security while preventing illegal content and inappropriate activities at online markets.
  • regulatory framework for all stakeholders; responsibilities and rights of both platforms and their users;
  • technology tools used to carry out these duties (content filtering)
  • soft tools for platforms’ regulation (cooperation with law enforcement, reproduction rights organisations, education of users, other)
  • the issue of platforms’ transparency in the context of activities related to removing content posted by users
  • platforms’ responsibility for moderating content and how these activities should be controlled by public institutions.

The issue will be presented from legal, technological, economic and social perspective.

The session is organized by OLX, Digital Centre Foundation.

Path 2 Freedom of speech on the Internet – political challenges

Kamil Cymerman, Republikańska Foundation

Wojciech Klicki, Panoptykon Foundation

Anna Sobaczewska – Młynarska, Polish Academy of Sciences

      Dominik Mazur, Republikańska Foundation will moderate the discussion.

Main questions and scope of the session:

How should the Internet be treated - as a medium or something completely new? If one treats the Internet as a medium, one can apply the current law to the Internet, and if it is something completely different, should new law be created for the Internet?

When does censorship begin and who can censor? States, entrepreneurs and users, each of these groups would like certain content to be hidden or deleted. How to reconcile the freedom of speech with such intentions and who should do it?

Threats to the freedom of speech. Fake news, monopolies, public law and order.

The session is organized by Republikańska Foundation.

Path 3 How to level the playing field in the European digital services market?

Hubert Romaniec, Ministerstwo Cyfryzacji

Filip Majdowski, Ministry of Finance, Poland 

Magdalena Piech, PhD,

Oleg Roibu, eMAG

Magdalena Słok-Wódkowska, PhD, DELab Warsaw University

            Karolina Zbytniewska,, will moderate the discussion.

The workshop will be dedicated to the issue of competitiveness of European digital enterprises (platforms) on national markets, as well as on the European and global market’s level. During the workshop, we will look into the specificity of challenges and barriers that hinder the capacity for improving competitiveness of European start-ups, scale-ups and - from a broader perspective - home technology companies. We will consider how, in comparison with international enterprises operating on a global or pan-European scale, their chances for development and competition on the increasingly globalized digital market are shaped.

After the first part of the discussion, when we will discuss the general situation of European technology companies in comparison with international entities, we will focus on the European regulations, such as the Digital Services Tax (DST), or platforms-to-business (P2B). Starting with these particular examples, we will take a broader look at the challenges that the EU regulators face in shaping European digital market in the most effective and just way to ensure equal rights, duties and chances to all its actors. Good intentions that drive European lawmakers not necessarily translate into good regulations. On the contrary, it is not uncommon that European tech companies that were supposed to be protected by the new laws, eventually become their victims. Therefore, it is important to discuss how to properly protect European companies, without putting actual barriers on their way towards development and success.

The result of the workshop will be the development of recommendations on how to provide all companies with equal opportunities on the national markets and on the digital European market.

The session is organized by European Tech Alliance,

Path 4 Sustainable development in the era of Artificial Intelligence. How to increase the benefits from the use of the IS and minimise the negative impact of the IS on society and the economy?

Alek Tarkowski, Digital Centre Foundation, discussion leader

Piotr Mieczkowski, Digital Poland Foundation

Piotr Marczuk, Microsoft Poland

Małgorzata Starczewska-Krzysztoszek, Digital Technology Employers Lewiatan

Krzysztof Szubert, Wielostronna Grupa Doradcza ONZ

Michał Pukaluk, Ministerstwo Cyfryzacji

The panel is to discuss the following problem areas.

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) as an element of sustainable socio-economic development.
  • How to create policies and regulatory environment so that the benefits of AI-based solutions reach the widest possible audience?
  • How to identify and respond to Artificial Intelligence threats in order to effectively minimise the impact of such threats?
  • How to support and model the impact of AI on the labour market - what is needed to ensure a positive balance of benefits and risks?
  • How to address AI challenges in the area of education and skills needed in the labour market?

The session is organized by Microsoft Poland, Digital Poland Foundation, Digital Centre Foundation.

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-12.45 Parallel sessions

Path 1 Copyright reform – impact on business models, innovation, internet governance and access to knowledge and culture

Barbara Szczepańska, eIFL
Katarzyna Klafkowska-Waśniowska, Adama Mickiewicz Univeristy
Michał Buczyński, Wikimedia Poland
Michał Białek,
Rafał Kownacki, ZAIKS
Magdalena Tul, piosenkarka, kompozytorka, autorka tekstów

      Natalia Mileszyk, Digital Centre Foundation will moderate the discussion.

The European copyright reform rightly arouses much controversy and emotion among experts – its outcome will affect not only users’ access to content and culture but also functioning business models, responsibilities of Internet intermediaries, rights of press publishers and a development of text and data mining technology. During the round table, the invited guests will face the important question whether the current shape of the reform responds to the challenges related to the development of the Internet and new technologies. We are counting also on many voices from the audience.

The issue of reform will be presented against the wider background of the various legislative initiatives in the European Union.

The Digital Centre Foundation has been dealing with the copyright reform from the very beginning - we have noted that this subject in Poland is used in the discourse strongly politically. Therefore, we decided to invite representatives of various environments (often with views different from ours). We want the IGF’s round table to be an opportunity to present a complete, and a global one also, perspective of the European copyright reform (in the context of competitiveness and creating possibilities for developing innovations)

The reform issue will be presented from different perspectives: legal, technological, economic and social. The panel will be attended by representatives of business, creative industry, European IT industry, academia and non-governmental organizations.

The session is organized by Digital Centre Foundation.

Path 2 Poland and the digital Baltic Sea Region

Andrzej Jarzewski, Ministry of Industry and Technology, Poland
Bożena Skibicka, Polish Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications (KIGEIT)
Daniel Jastrun, Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce
Jarosław Tworóg, Polish Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications (KIGEIT)
Joanna Wojtkowska, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland 
Mads-Emil Nygaard Stærk, Danish Embassy in Poland 
Michał Pukaluk, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland
Piotr Marczuk, Microsoft Poland
Reet Reismaa, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communication, Estonia
Tomasz Jałukowicz, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland
Tomasz Klekowski, Digital Technology Employers Lewiatan, Poland

      Torben Aaberg, Aalborg University, Copenhagen will moderate the discussion.

The main aim of the round table is to explore the Polish interest in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and the transnational collaboration on digitalisation

The round table will seek to:

  • discuss how Poland could benefit from and contribute to the digital collaboration
  • discuss potentials and challenges
  • identify ideas for new collaboration projects across the Region
  • encourage new contacts between stakeholders, extension of networks etc.

The discussion will be inspired by a.o. these BSR initiatives:

  • Think Tank Top of Digital Europe,, about the potential for digital collaboration in the BSR, in particular publication “State of the Digital Region” 2015-2017
  • DIGINNO project,, where 24 partners (mainly ministries and industry associations) in nine BSR countries jointly explore common approaches to digitalization of SME’s, cross-border digital solutions and digital policies. KIGEIT is Polish partner.

The round table is organised by Aalborg University Copenhagen (DIGINNO), Microsoft Poland, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Policy Area Innovation)

Path 3 Modern technologies in the modern city - the future of the ride-sharing market

Alex Kartsel. PhD., Taxify

Robert Bednarski, City Hall in Wrocław

Renata Włoch, Associate Professor at DELab Warsaw University

Sebastian Grabowski, Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications      

Modern technologies and the use of the Internet via digital platforms are of great importance for the development of cities - we want this statement to lead the panel as the overriding thought. During the panel we will start by defining what ride-sharing forms are and how they influence the development of urban mobility. We will talk about the future of employees in the age of the Internet. Greater freedom and flexibility of work, the possibility of egalitarian employment for people with disabilities and the possibility of combining work with other activities - these are the key phenomena concerning the future of the labour market in the era of technological development. We will also discuss legal and regulatory issues, considering how to adapt the law to keep pace with technological development and support the development of innovation in the field of urban mobility.

The session is organized by CEC Government Relations, Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Taxify.

Paht 4 OSE - fast, safe and free access to the network in Polish schools.

Eliza Pogorzelska, Centrum Projektów Polska Cyfrowa

prof. Jacek Leśkow, NASK Państwowy Instytut Badawczy

Dariusz Stachecki, Feliks Szołdrski’s No 3 Primary School in Nowy Tomyśl

Dominik Kopera, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland

Sebastian Ptaszyński, City Hall in Wasilków

Tomasz Łukawski, Mały Powstaniec’s No 3 Primary School in Ząbki

Tomasz Kulasa, Ministry of Education, Poland

      Bohdan Pawłowicz, NASK will moderate the discussion.

Presentation of the idea of building the National Educational Network as an opportunity for a civilizational leap in the education process.

The session is organized by NASK.

12.45-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Parallel sessions

Path 1 Should global content distributors (Facebook, Google) spend 1% of their revenue on fighting Fake News?

Jarosław Lipszyc, Modern Poland Foundation

Piotr Stec, University of Silesia in Katowice

Michał Brennek, Ziemia na Rozdrożu

Tomasz Ganicz, Wikipedia

Beata Zwierzyńska, University of Lower Silesia

Angelika Tracz, Stowarzyszenie Demagog

     Anna Gruhn, Misesa Institute

Krzysztof Wojewodzic, ESCOLA S.A. will moderate the discussion.

  1. Digital market’s hegemons earn money on creating content regardless of its quality. Often the more controversial and unlikely the news, the better it „sells" time in social media.
  2. Due to the above, the existence of media based on the sale of advertisements relating to time one spends in services results in the fake news production.
  3. Governments are considering various restrictions and regulations directed at content distributors aiming at preventing, among other things, excessive creation and spread of fake news.
  4. The question that will also be answered by the debate is how to create a mechanism to fight against fake news, who should deal with this phenomenon etc.?

The session is organized by ESCOLA S.A.

Path 2 Limitation of users'; statements on social networking sites - actions violating human and citizen's rights, or necessary tools to fight against violations of law and good manners on the Internet?

      Tymoteusz Zych,PhD, Ordo Iuris

Marcin Olszówka, PhD, Lazarski University

Maciej Groń, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland

Lidia Sankowska - Grabczuk, Press Office of the Right Wing of the Republic of Poland

 Tomasz Piotr Chudzinski, Tomasz Piotr Chudzinski Law Firm will moderate the discussion.

The workshop will be devoted to the growing phenomenon which is the censorship of statements and posts of social networking sites’ users. We will present reflections on the current functioning of these sites and the use of algorithms for monitoring and deleting content. The session will also include a presentation of Polish legal regulations - originating in the Civil Code and the Code of Petty Offences - aimed at combating censorship applied by social networking sites’ administrators. In the final part of the presentation, apart from de lege lata and del lege ferenda postulates, we would like to start a discussion on the threats to the freedom of speech, which may result from the regulations planned by the European Commission aimed at „combating disinformation” in the Internet.

The session is organized by Ordo Iuris, Tomasz Piotr Chudzinski Law Firm

Path 3 alGOVritma. How to make the algorithms created by the authorities transparent?

Magdalena Siwanowicz, eState Foundation, Warsaw Legal Hackers

Sebastian Szymański, Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw

Zuzanna Warso, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights

      Krzysztof Izdebski, eState Foundation will moderate the discussion.

While research on algorithms used in social media and their impact on societies is present in the public debate, the analysis of algorithms used to support the decision-making process in the context of the relationship between the state and the citizen is a relatively new phenomenon. Research conducted by the eState Foundation shows that the governments of Central and Eastern European countries have not taken any systemic action to develop standards for the inclusion of algorithms in decision-making processes. This does not mean that public institutions do not use automated processes to regulate the legal and factual situation of citizens of Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland. The aim of the discussion will be to bring closer the solutions implemented or postulated in Western Europe and the United States. The workshop will result in developing, together with the participants, concrete proposals relating to the subject of securing the rights and freedoms of citizens and ensuring that the algorithms created will be accountable and transparent.

The session is organized by ePaństwo Foundation.

Path 4 Emerging technologies – challenges of capacity development

Ewelina Grabowska, Ericsson

Gabriella Schittek, ICANN


Jarogniew Rykowski, Associate Professor at Poznań University of Economics and Business

       Lidia Stępińska-Ustasiak, Ph. D, Office of Electronic Communication will moderate the discussion.

Emerging technologies like 5G, IoT, Machine Learning and others are blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds. It will transform communication, economies, industries and even the society itself. It poses risks, but offers tremendous opportunity: for new products and services, new types of jobs, and new business models. New technologies are also bringing challenges for business leaders and policy makers aiming to utilise full potential of this era bringing benefits both for industries and societies.

This session will focus on both existing and planned actions related to capacity building initiatives and strategies responding to emerging technologies. The goals for this session are to provide the status of a debate related to capacity building development and to create awareness of the competence and educational gaps and possible solutions and actions helping to create policies for an effective problem solving.

The session is organized by Office of Electronic Communication

14.30-14.45 Coffee break

14.45-15.45 Parallel Sessions

Path 1 New Internet. Will blockchain and other similar technologies lead to a decentralised 3.0 Network?

Jakub Lipiński, Klub Jagielloński

Patryk Walaszczyk, IBM

Iwona Karasek-Wojciechowicz, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Łukasz Gleń, Golem Factory

Piotr Rutkowski, Ministerstwo Cyfryzacji

      Jacek Czarnecki, Foundation of Coalition for Polish Innovation will moderate the discussion.

During the workshop we want to discuss the future of Network 3. 0.

This new network is to be created as a result of the constant evolution of the Internet. Web 1. 0 consisted mainly of a one-sided, passive distribution of content from one party to another. Web 2. 0 is the network as we know it today which has become a much more interesting place thanks to social media, easy sharing of data or services based on the sharing economy. Users actively create content but usually use intermediaries many of which are giant companies.

The 3. 0 network is taking shape before our eyes. It is to be a distributed network in which users, applications and devices interact - not only communicatively, but also economically - in a way that does not require the involvement of others. Data is under the full control of its owners and at the same time can be easily shared. The 3. 0 network is to be very secure, as its critical locations will not depend solely on individual entities.

Network 3. 0 will consist of various elements, many of which can be created using blockchain and other technologies based on the paradigm of decentralisation. These include services that are currently centralised or difficult to create without the involvement of central actors, such as payment systems, digital identity systems or domain name systems. There are many indications that blockchain and similar technologies can become the foundation of the 3. 0 Network. Open platforms such as Ethereum could become a distributed, shared infrastructure for a new decentralised internet. Although we do not know which solutions will eventually gain the greatest popularity, it can be assumed that at least some will be based on blockchain technology. The aim of the workshop is to discuss the opportunities and threats of the Network 3. 0 from the perspective of users, service providers and the public sector.

The session is organized by Foundation of Coalition for Polish Innovation

Path 2 Can artificial intelligence become the driving force behind the development of the Polish economy?

Jarosław Arabas, associate professor of Warsaw University of Technology

Tomasz Szapiro, professor of Warsaw School of Economics

Jacek Biały, Sii LLC

     Tomasz Puton, PhD, Symmetrical Labs LLC

      Grzegorz Koloch, PhD, Warsaw School of Economics will moderate the discussion.

In the financial markets, over 80% of transactions are made by artificially intelligent algorithms (AI). The majority of digital content that reaches us, even if we are not aware of it, is adapted to our preferences, based on data describing our behaviours, processed by AI algorithms. AI is, on the one hand, the main element of the strategy of building a competitive advantage of companies with the largest capitalization in the world, on the other hand, it is the leading direction of capital allocation by VC funds in start-up entities. The value of the global market for AI solutions in 2018 is estimated at PLN 4.5 trillion, an increase of 70% compared to 2017. In 2022, the value of the AI ​​market will reach the level of over PLN 15 trillion (CAGR 33% y / y) ). The European Union, the USA or China create institutional solutions aimed at stimulating innovation by supporting initiatives in the area of AI.

For several years, we have been observing the first effects of the revolution - a qualitative change that began a dozen years ago in the area of ​​development and application of AI methods to support a wide range of processes - in services, industry, security and defence, in everyday life. For many years, this revolution was not noticed by a wider audience, but today its effects are becoming more and more difficult to overlook. AI is starting to shape the technological, economic and social landscape of the modern world. Can the Polish economy be an observer, participant or perhaps a conscious creator of this process?

  1. Which areas of AI development are the most prospective from a technological and economic point of view?
  2. Can Polish economy specialize in the development of AI methods? In what areas of it, niches?
  3. Are local conditions conducive to it, or do they make it difficult (staff, education, data, IT technologies, experience, know-how)?
  4. What conditions would have to be met for Poland to become a local or perhaps global centre for the development and implementation of AI methods?

The session is organized by Warsaw School of Economics.

Path 3 DIH of Innovation or the way to digitisation of European Industry

Tomasz Urbanowicz Polish Business and Innovation Centres Association in Poland, Toruński Park Technologiczny

30-minute lightning session

Another digital transition is the inevitable future of Europe. One of the tools for building a strong and competitive economy on our continent are to become digital innovation hubs, the creation of which is stimulated by the European Commission. What is the role of hubs in Poland's innovative ecosystem? Will we effectively develop our economy with the solutions of the 4. 0 revolution? Will European companies be able to compete effectively with American and Asian competitors? How will Polish companies perform against this background?

The session is organized by Polish Business and Innovation Centers Association in Poland, Toruński Park Technologiczny.

Path 4 Poland 1918-2018: From Independent to digital, or how to preserve freedom and security in the era of advanced technologies

Krzysztof Silicki, NASK

Monika Mizielińska-Chmielewska, PhD, Media Trend

Jerzy Kalinowski, KPMG

Antoni Dudek, professor of Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw

     Marcin Bochenek, NASK State Research Institute will moderate the discussion.

Reflection of experts on the road Poland has travelled in the last 100 years with special attention paid to the last quarter of a century (25 years of NASK).
A reminder of civilizational changes that took place in Poland after regaining independence in 1918, in the perspective of challenges related to the technological progress of the 21st century.

Is it possible in the past to look for premises for the future and is it constructive?

Does Poland have a chance on a similar scale of civilizational changes as those which took place in the 1920s? What are the obstacles facing Poland and Poles? What are our strengths and, consequently, our chances?

Intellectual confrontation with the problem of the 21st century antinomy: a contradiction between the Internet as a place of realisation of ideals of freedom and the need to maintain on-line security,
i. e. limiting it.

An attempt to outline a vision of modern Poland on the scale of the 22nd century.

The session is organized by NASK.

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