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Monday, 11 September | Setting up the Network

14:00 - Meet up at Tallink City Hotel

14:30 - Old Town Adventure

17:00 - Meet up and transfer to dinner

18:00 - Welcome dinner

Tuesday, 12 September │Open Data Open Mind

09:00 - Official opening of YES 3.0

09:45 - KNS: Towards an Open Information Age

Towards Open Information Age

Rufus Pollock
Open Knowledge International
Will the digital revolution give us information democracies or information empires? The answer lies in a political choice, a choice between open or closed. Either making information open and freely accessible to all, or, closing it off and having it owned and controlled by the few. This choice matters everywhere from inequality to freedom. It matters whether you are concerned about a robot taking your job, or the power of Google and Facebook to shape how we think and vote. It matters whether you care about the cost of medicines or access to scientific research. These issues now reach into the lives of every single person on this planet – whether they know it or not.

And dystopia is the default. If we do not act, it is a closed world that we will get. A world of extraordinary concentrations in power and wealth. Where innovation is held back and distorted by the dead hand of monopoly. Where freedom is threatened by manipulation, exclusion and exploitation – where each click you make, every step you take they’ll be watching you.

But dystopia is probable not inevitable. If we take action we can make an open world. A world that is freer, fairer, healthier and wealthier. A world where we get to harness the magic of digital technology, its limitless copying, for good. Where technology helps us flourish as never before. But we need to act, to act together, and to act now.

Dr Rufus Pollock is an entrepreneur, researcher and technologist working to make a digital information economy that works for everyone. Founder and President of Open Knowledge, a leading international non-profit that empowers people and organizations with access to information and the tools and skills to use it to make a difference to what they care about. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a Fellow of the RSA, a recipient of a three year $1m Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship as well as the Mead Fellowship in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He has advised national governments, IGOs, companies and NGOs on how to succeed in the digital world. He holds a double first in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

10:30 - Break

10:45 - KNS: When the data comes before the problems

When the data comes before the problems: how real time data produced by e-government helps to diagnose problems and provide better services

Mihkel Solvak, Senior Researcher
Center of IT Impact Studies (CITIS), University of Tartu
E-government solutions in Estonia produce large amounts of real time log data on service usage by citizens. Roughly 2% of the whole population uses some government provided e-service on any given day, producing in excess of 570 million service queries in total in 2016 for example. And that for a population of 1.3 million. This talk will focus on the potential of such data to improve government service provision as well as oversight with demonstrations of real life examples of the patterns seen in log data.
Mihkel Solvak is a senior researcher in technology studies at the University of Tartu. Holds a PhD in political science and teaches quantitative methods for the social sciences at both graduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on e-voting and e-service usage utilizing autogenerated big data from various Estonian public e-services.

11:30 - Fundamentals of writing a pitch

Fundamentals of writing a pitch

Gleb Maltsev
As a speaker, writer, and coach, Gleb listens to around 900 speeches a year. Ranging from a 60-second pitch to a 45-minute keynote. He’s trained presenters for industry-wide pitching showcases such as Slush, Latitude59, TechChill, and LOGIN. Every year, he works with executives from almost every industry that make the world better, or have a shot at doing so. They go on to pitch at trade fairs such as the Mobile World Congress, Smart City Expo, conhIT, boot Düsseldorf, Bygg Reis Deg, or BAU. Gleb’s also the co-founder of Fundwise, a founder-to-investor pitching platform with a 73% success rate and raising over €775K for over a dozen projects. When not on stage, he’s training for his sub-20-minute 5K, and sewing suit or haori jackets.

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 - Opening remarks & introduction to the Idea Garage

The aim of Idea Garage is to encourage all of us to generate, propose and develop new ideas on how to solve different pressing social issues using open and big data.

14:00 - Work in groups

15:45 - Presenting the Group Work Results (Idea Garage)

16:15 - Conclusions

17:00 - End of Day

Wednesday, 13 September │ Data is the New Black

09:00 - Introduction to the Day

09:30 - Workshop Session 1

1.   How to conduct a financial audit with the use of big data and data analysis?

Sebastien Paquay, SAI Belgium
Leena Savolainen, Pauliina Mikkola, SAI Finland


2.   Data gathering and data management in the pre-audit process

Mitja Toskan, Kim Sotlar, SAI Slovenia


3.   The necessity of the AMS in the audit process

Nadica Donevski, Ivan Dionisijev, SAI Macedonia


4.   Transparency and accountability in EU governance – SAI’s as intermediaries

Matthias Blaas, ECA


5.   Management aspects of data-based audits

Richard Mühlmann, Christina Fadler, SAI Austria

10:45 - Break

11:15 - Reflections from WS 1

11:45 - Workshop Session 2

1.   Big Data and audit of annual accounts: How can auditors‘ experience and knowledge be leveraged with Big Data?

Marie Christ, Annika Wolframm, SAI Germany


2.  The challenges faced by auditors in a “big data world”

Aurelie Girault, ECA


3.   #Fail

Stephen Lisle, Wales Audit Office
Sanne Kouwenhoven, SAI Netherlands


4.   Using geographic information systems (GIS) in audits

Silver Jakobson, SAI Estonia


5. Methods in processing mass data from various areas to extricate just the datarelevant for audits

So-hyung Kim, Joo Yeon Cho, SAI Korea (ASOSAI)

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Reflections from WS 2

14:30 - Workshop Session 3

1.   Update your audit:  Data analysis in performance audits

Roline Kamphuis, SAI Netherlands
George Worlledge, SAI United Kingdom

Mia Garma, Ana Anic, SAI Croatia


2.   Lack of uniformity of electronic data in audits

Grzegorz Fikus, SAI Poland


3.   Including citizens in data collection

Merel Hendriks, SAI Netherlands
Irina Sprenglewski, INTOSAI Development Initiative


4.   Auditing gender mainstreaming in different fields

Ausrine Asanaviciene, Gabriele Grusliene, SAI Lithuania


5.   Cyber Security & Data

Talya Dar, Hila Waldman, SAI Israel


15:45 - Break

16:15 - Reflections from WS 3 and Conclusions

17:00 - End of Day

19:00 - Dinner hosted by the NAO of Estonia

Thursday, 14 September │ Download and Install?

09:00 - Introduction to the Day

09:30 - KNS: The Future of e-Governance

The Future of E-Governance

Robert Krimmer, Professor of e-Governance
Tallinn University of Technology
Recent developments in the past years have changed the perception of data completely. While on the one hand the reports on cyber-security incidents is ever increasing, not latest since the document leaks during the US presidential campaign last year, there is hope on the other, with open-government data allowing for new ways of creating public services and new forms of realising data sharing within the European union. The talk will give an overview of the latest developments in these areas and provide an outlook what we can expect in the near future.
Prof. Dr. Robert Krimmer is Full Professor of e-Governance within Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance at the Faculty of Social Science, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Robert’s research is focused on electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, the transformation of the public sector, and all issues further developing a digital society. Robert is also Associate Editor of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), where he is in charge of participation issues, and a co-ordinator and researcher for several research and policy analysis projects

10:30 - Panel Discussion: e-Governance and the future of auditing

11:30 - Break

12:00 - Closing Session

13:00 - End of Conference