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Maria Koomen

Maria led the Open Governance Network for Europe, a joint initiative of Open Government Partnership and Democratic Society to drive connection, dialogue, and learning around public participation, transparency, and accountability with an eye to improving democracy and governance in and across the European Union.

Prior to launching this initiative 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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Summit For Democracy: From Words to Action

On December 9-10, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden convened the first of two Summits for Democracy. Leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector agreed to a Year of Action by reviving democracy at home and abroad and advancing democratic reform. But is this Summit capable of tackling democracy’s challenges?


How Can We Get EU Recovery Right?

OGP brought together EU officials, national governments and civil society representatives, gathering three actionable ideas that European leaders can adopt for a strong, inclusive, and sustainable recovery.

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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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