Alek Tarkowski, PhD, born in 1977, is a sociologist, a creator of digital public policy and a researcher on digital society. He is the co-founder and president of the Digital Centre Foundation, a think-and-do tank building digital civic society in Poland. Tarkowski’s work centres on public policies and strategies to allow digital technologies to serve the goals of openness, cooperation and engagement.
Tarkowski serves as member of the Board of Directors of the Creative Commons organization and of the Executive Committee of the CC Global Network. He’s a member of the Internet Governance Forum Polska steering committee and the Programme Council of the SWPS School of Ideas. Tarkowski co-founded Communia, a European association that works for the digital public domain, and Poland’s Open Education Coalition (KOED). He is a graduate of the Leadership Academy for Poland (2017), and in 2016 was named as a New Europe 100 Challenger. Tarkowski advises public institutions and NGOs on the use of digital technologies, working with entities including the National Audio-visual Institute, the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections, the European Cultural Foundation, the Information Society Development Foundation, the Orange Foundation and the Museum of Warsaw.
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