Internet Governance Forum – invitation to participate

The IGF Poland-Digital Development Forum together with the Secretary of State, the Government Plenipotentiary for Digital Single Market, Krzysztof Szubert and Igor Ostrowski, AmCham’s Digital Economy Committee Co-Chairman, has organized a meeting on July 12 in the Ministry of Digital Affairs for those who would like to join the Internet Governance Forum. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder platform under the United Nations that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. AmChaminvites you to actively co-create this year’s program.


The Committee members emphasized that the most important value of the IGF is to gather around the Internet for all those willing to cooperate regardless of the environment they represent. At the meeting, we have learnt about the upcoming opening of the workshop competition at this year's conference IGF Poland, which will take place on 21 November.

The program of this year's conference will consist of workshops selected in an open competition. Anyone interested in Internet management can submit a proposal. The link through which you can submit your proposals to the2017 Central European internet Governance Forum is available at the IGF Poland website, where a special electronic form is posted on the "Report Workshop" tab [English version is also available]. In the same place you will find all the information and instructions you need. Please send your proposals by August 16th. Offers can cover a wide range of topics – artificial intelligence or open algorithms, as well as digital economy, accessibility, cyber security, privacy and personal information, and media education.

Meeting with Mr. Peter Doran, Executive Vice President for CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis)

On June 27, 2017 AmCham Defense & Security Committee organized a meeting with Mr. Peter Doran, Executive Vice President for CEPA (Center for European Policy Analysis), a non-profit policy institute, with offices in Washington and Warsaw, dedicated to promote economically strong and strategically secure Central Eastern Europe with close ties to the United States. Our guest is a recognized expert on Russia and Ukraine, transatlantic defense and energy security. He served as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the U.S. Congress and as a George C. Marshall Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. We discussed transatlantic defense issues, US defense corps involvement in Europe, sanctions policy towards Russia and Polish defense policy.

How HR big data and predictive analysis tool can help HR in transition from an advisory role to being a strategic business partner

On June 29, the Committee organized a meeting on How HR big data and predictive analysis tool can help HR in transition from an advisory role to being a strategic business partner. Our guests were from a membership company Assessment Systems Polska, Ms. Magdalena Giryn, Country Manager and Magdalena Nowacka, Senior Consultant and we talked how to become an “HR wizard” and how to anticipate trends in employees’ behaviors in organizations. The speakers explained what HR big data are, how using HR big data reshapes the recruitment, what are the challenges and opportunities with applying big data in HR.

Meeting with Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Defense (July 5, 2017)

On July 5, AmCham Defense & Security Committee organized a meeting with Mr. Tomasz Szatkowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Defense, who overseas Strategic Defense Review  (SDR), the strategy of which the main goal is to reform the country’s defense procurement  processes and restructure the Polish defense industry. We discussed requirements for SDR implementation (including new structures needed to be formed like Defense Policy Division), implementation time of SDR and adjusting the Defense Modernization Plan to meet the SDR goals, economic impact of SDR on business and finally recommendations for US defense industry on potential cooperation with the Ministry of Defense.

Concluding the meeting, our guest confirmed that the Polish-US alliance is unique for Poland.

Meeting on Blockchain

In November of last year, Warsaw-based Blockchain startup Golem raised $8,6 million in 29 minutes using Etherium, a private Blockchain. This amazing result right here in Warsaw was yet another piece of evidence that the Polish capital is a center of this exciting new technology.

 Blockchain is the technology that enables digital currencies like Bitcoin to exist. The technology is so reliable that although no government or private entity controls Bitcoin, people are willing to spend thousands of dollars on a single Bitcoin, which is essentially just a virtual location on the Bitcoin Blockchain. Some say Blockchain today is similar to what the Internet was in 1997 – a powerful technology everyone recognizes could radically change the way the world works. And just like in the early days of the internet – years before the creation of Google, or iTunes, or the concept of social media – companies are scrambling to create the new killer Blockchain application that will transform our world.

On Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. the Business Technology and Services Committee was ortunate to host Grant Blaisdell, co-founder and CMO of, and also probably the most recognizable figure of Warsaw’s booming Blockchain community. Grant’s company Coinfirm is a globally recognized compliance and analytics leader in the Blockchain industry. Most well known for their compliance and analytics platform that streamlines compliance processes to near automation, they're also known for their data provenance and verification platform "trudatum", which is currently being piloted by two major banks in Europe.

Grant explained the technology, described some of the unique issues Blockchain resolves and gave our members a prescient look at the future of this incredible new force in our world.


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