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Maria Koomen

Lead, Open Governance Network for Europe

Maria leads the Open Governance Network for Europe, a joint initiative of Democratic Society and Open Government Partnership to connect and drive debate, learning, and innovation in open governance to improve democratic participation, transparency, and accountability in the European Union. She focuses on European democracy, technology, and climate. Prior to joining the Democratic Society in 2020, she managed the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Europe, where she drove international research networks and policy initiatives on democracy and governance, foreign policy, global civil society, and technology. Maria has a master’s from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands and a bachelor’s from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

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Five Ways to Embed Open Gov Values in Online Political Advertising Regulation

In today’s digital age, elections are won, lost and called into question over social media. With little to no system of checks and balances in place for political parties, candidates, online actors and platforms, tech companies can spell out their own rules for political advertising...

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