Speakers –

Cullen Miller
Cullen Miller

VP of Product at Spawning.ai. Spawning is building the consent layer for AI.


Neža Grasselli
Neža Grasselli

Data Protection Lawyer at noyb – European Center for Digital Rights and the president of Transparency International Slovenia.


Klara Škrinjar
Klara Škrinjar

Journalist and Editor at Oštro. Currently focusing on data projects and networks of politicians.


Matej Zwitter
Matej Zwitter

Journalist and Editor at Oštro. Enjoys working with data.


Dorota Anna Glowacka
Dorota Anna Głowacka

Lawyer at Panoptykon Foundation (Poland), responsible for strategic litigation and advocacy in the area of online platform regulation.


Maja Čakarić
Maja Čakarić

Journalist and Editor at Oštro with an interest in digital security. Also a podcast Co-host.


picture MC
Mariana da Cunha

Programme Officer at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee – Human Rights Defence Team. Project Coordinator of the EU project, ‘Catalyst of Change’.


Aïcha Chaghouani
Aïcha Chaghouani

Relations and Advocacy Officer of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, working on advocacy, strategy and partnership development for civil society.


Anuška Delić
Anuška Delić

Founder and Editor in Chief at Oštro.


Natasa Pirc Musar
Nataša Pirc Musar

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, a former data protection attorney and Slovenia's Information Commissioner.


Maria Mingo
Maria Mingo

Policy and Advocacy Manager at Mnemonic. Works on atrocity crime content preservation for accountability.


Kris-Shrishak
Kris Shrishak

Senior Fellow at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties working on AI regulation, surveillance, cryptography, data rights, and privacy.


Danilo Ćurčić
Danilo Ćurčić

Programme coordinator of the A 11 – Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, currently dealing with digital exclusion services in social protection in Serbia.


Joshua Franco
Joshua Franco

Senior Research Advisor, Amnesty Tech at Amnesty International


Žana Erznožnik
Žana Erznožnik

Journalist and Deputy Editor at Oštro. Currently focusing on fact-checking disinformation and research for data projects.


Programme –

24. 10.

CONVERSATION

Location Španski borci
Open to Everyone
DAY 1

The conference began with engaging panels on litigating, engineering, and reclaiming digital sovereignty, each featuring three distinguished speakers who shared their perspectives and actively participated in discussions. This set the stage for an exhilarating opening party in the evening, infusing the atmosphere with an electric blend of celebration and a sense of camaraderie.

25. 10.

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

Open to Registered participants
DAY 2

Day 2 centred around cultivating meaningful connections and fostering collaborative opportunities. The program featured a dynamic range of activities, such as engaging workshops, inspiring presentations, sessions showcasing successful regional projects, and a networking reception.

26. 10.

TRAINING

Open to Registered participants
DAY 3

On the final day of the conference, participants had the opportunity to join one of several parallel trainings. These extraordinary sessions aimed to empower attendees with the indispensable skills and knowledge necessary to independently navigate the digital realm. With knowledge and skills comes power and the potential for transformative growth suddenly knows no limits.

Powered by The Netherlands Scholarship

The call for scholarships is now closed.

In collaboration with the regional Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 36 scholarships were provided to select participants from the following countries: Albania, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovenia. The scholarship covered registration fees for the conference and accommodation in Ljubljana for the duration of the event.

About

DISCO Slovenia – Digital Sovereignty Conference is a new regional event, setting the stage for many more to come. It fosters critical thought, champions digital rights, and fuels social activism. In its firm resolution to reclaim sovereignty over our digital destiny, DISCO unfolded in its inaugural edition this October.

About: bag of words

The first DISCO conference focused on the transformative power of active and engaged civil society. From inspiring legal battles and activist campaigns to engineering breakthroughs, we explored alternative ways to think about the idea of technological progress. Guided by a constellation of captivating voices, we want to reshape the discourse and redefine the narrative, propelling our region to the vanguard of the global digital sovereignty movement.

DISCO Slovenia 2023 offered meaningful panel discussions, inspiring sessions, and interactive workshops. Lasting camaraderies were forged and the pulsating rhythm of a revolution unfurling had us dance – one resounding beat at a time!

Organised by Danes je nov dan, Inštitut za druga vprašanja / Today is a New Day, Institute for Other Studies.

Danes je nov dan is an NGO with over a decade of experience in the field. Our mission is to promote open data, responsible tech, and participatory decision-making. With our own open-source digital tools and platforms, we've already rocked over 100 projects and built strong partnerships with fellow NGOs and civil society organisations both at home and internationally.

We’ve established DISCO to empower individuals, organisations and communities on our shared path toward a brighter digital future.


Supported by