Geoffroy Berson

I still believe in the potential of technology
to bring about positive change and empower people & communities around the world.

I have been working to be part of that global effort through personal involvements and career choices in France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· and Estonia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ, and will continue doing so in the near future.

I like to write about global politics in a world devoured by tech, either on Medium or every month in your mailbox with the monthly read πŸ“©

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I work at the intersection of Tech & Government

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ My latest full-time position (2016-2018) was a 2-year mission in Tallinn to create and shape the position of Digital AttachΓ© for the French Institute and the French Embassy to Estonia.

My responsibility consisted in enhancing bilateral cooperation by engaging decision makers and civil society actors on political and ethical issues of innovation, and rolling out a strategy of online influence towards local influencers and the general public for the French Institute of Estonia.

Working for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the most digitally avanced nation that is Estonia made me learn a lot about the future of institutions, democracy and diplomacy.

πŸ“‡ I have also been working as a freelance consultant in Public Affairs, helping innovative companies take part in the conversations about the future of their industry.

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I like to write about digital societies
to share my critical views on innovation or draw attention on controversies I find important.

My latest Medium posts were about digital democracy in Estonia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ, the attention economy 🀳 and Bitcoin πŸ’°. Writing about e-Estonia had me interwied by French media such as the online newspaper Mediapart or the crypto podcast #21MILLIONS.


In August 2018 I launched the monthly read πŸ“© , a personal newsletter where I recommend and comment quality content from media or blogs that helped me shape my understanding of tech & politics. πŸ‘‰ Subscribe or find all the previous issues on my Medium page!

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I advocate the values of openness & inclusiveness in technology

and have been involved in the open government and civic tech scenes in France and Estonia.

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· I co-founded in 2015 the French chapter of DemocracyOS, a global movement born in Argentina that promotes an open source tool for more inclusive models of governance.
DemocracyOS France is now a major actor of Code for France (ex- Open Democracy Now), the most effervescent activist network in France dedicated to promoting digital commons and open source software for democratic innovation and social good.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ While in Tallinn, I was by the side of Open Knowledge Estonia when it emerged as the organization that would structure Estonian activism in favor of open data and e-democracy. OKEE is now working hand in hand with the Estonian government to enhance its open data policy.

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I'm a Sciences Po Alumnus
I graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2016, where I studied Political Science and Public Affairs with a minor on EU Affairs and Central Europe.
I studied for one year at the Charles University in Prague as part of my Bachelor.

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I'm a citizen of Europe
After growing up in the French town of Dijon, I have successively lived in Prague πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ, Paris πŸ‡«πŸ‡·, Berlin πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ and Tallinn πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ. Europe is my playground.

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I consider myself a travel addict
There's not much I'm prouder of than my references on Couchsurfing πŸ™ and I'm always eager to learn about people and cultures.

As a French rapper put it, I want to go around my planet like the rings of Saturn.