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Sylwia Presley

Born in Poland, currently located in the UK. Working as social media consultant for non for profit sector. Local organizer of Twestival, co-organizer of Barcamp Transparency. Passionate blogger and photographer always interested in social media ethics, freedom of speech and other basic human rights.

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Latest posts by Sylwia Presley

2 February 2011

Poland: Reactions to Evacuation of Polish Tourists From Cairo

Sylwia Presley shares tips on what to do if one ends up getting stuck at the Cairo Airport due to political situation in Egypt, and reports on Polish netizens' reactions...

20 January 2011

Poland: More Reactions to IAC Report – on Microblogs and via Cartoons

The Interstate Aviation Committee's report on last April's Smolensk plane crash has provoked many insightful posts from bloggers, but microblogging platforms - Twitter and - have also become good...

19 January 2011

Poland: Initial Reactions to Russian Report on Polish Air Force One Plane Crash

The Interstate Aviation Committee's report on the crash of TU-154M airplane near Smolensk on April 10, 2010, has generated an outburst of strong opinions about the validity and objectivity of...

10 January 2011

Poland: Microblog Reactions to the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

More than 800 concerts, 1,300 artists performing for free today, 120,000 volunteers, an endless amount of charity activities across the whole of Poland and so far almost $12.3 million: these...

30 August 2010

Western Europe: A journey through tech for transparency projects

Technology for Transparency Network

Sylwia Presley takes us on a tour of technology for transparency projects in Western Europe.

20 June 2010

Poland: Initial Microblog Coverage of the Presidential Elections

Both on Twitter and on its Polish mirror service,, people are sharing their thoughts about today's presidential election in Poland.

1 May 2010

Transparency Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

Technology for Transparency Network

There are a number of innovative projects in Central and Eastern Europe that use technology to promote transparency and hold leaders accountable, but a lack of political will has resisted...

17 April 2010

Poland: Social Network Criticized for ‘Black Ribbon’ Gifting Option

Sylwia Presley translates online reactions to a new gifting option that a popular Polish social network has introduced this week: black ribbons.

14 April 2010

Poland: Controversy Over Polish President's Burial‎ Location

Today's announcement that the Polish presidential couple, killed in the tragic aircraft accident over Smolensk last Saturday, would be buried in Krakow's Wawel Castle has raised a lot of controversy....

11 April 2010

Poland: Online Grief After 10.04.2010

Sylwia Presley reports that all major Polish online news portals, social media services, governmental websites and portals of Polish organizations abroad have changed their color palettes to gray, black and...

Poland: Video Reactions to the Deadly Plane Crash

Following the shocking news of the death of President Lech Kaczyński and 95 other officials, Poland starts the official week of mourning. Next to an enormous amount of reactions in...

Poland: R.I.P. Black Saturday 10.04.2010

As we live through the first 24 hours of the tragedy of the Polish nation, social media in Poland present various reactions to this morning's events, when the country lost...

10 April 2010

Poland: President Kaczyński is Killed in Plane Crash in Russia – Initial Reactions

Sylwia Presley reports on the initial reactions of the Polish social media users to the shocking news of the plane crash, which killed the Polish president and many other top...

9 March 2010

Poland: Ryszard Kapuściński – Fiction or ‘Non-Fiction'?

A discussion of the newest book about the life and work of journalist Ryszard Kapuściński has reached the UK, the United States and other regions of the world. Sylwia Presley...

6 March 2010

Poland: ‘Buy Yourself a Blogger’ for Paula Pruska

Sylwia Presley writes about a fundraising campaign launched by four prominent Polish bloggers to help Paula Pruska, who has been documenting her fight with cancer on her blog.

2 March 2010

Poland: Potential Internet Access Restrictions Boosting Creativity

Earlier this year, the Polish PM met with Polish bloggers to discuss the government's proposal to introduce the Registry of Banned Websites and Services. The result was the withdrawal of...

28 February 2010

Poland: Real-Time Reactions to Kowalczyk's Gold in Vancouver

Sylwia Presley reviews real-time reactions of the Polish fans who were cheering for Justyna Kowalczyk, the Polish cross country skier who won the first gold for Poland at the Vancouver...

21 January 2010

Poland: Government Approves Proposal to Create Registry of Banned Websites and Services

Sylwia Presley posts an update on the Polish government's controversial decision to create a Registry of Banned Websites and Services, and on the Polish netizens' ongoing protests against Internet censorship.

11 January 2010

Poland: Charity Initiative Criticised by a Catholic Radio Station

Today is the day when Poland unites in an enormous charity event called The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, organized for the 18th time by Jurek Owsiak to help children...

10 January 2010

Poland: Discussions of TOR and Internet Filtering

The end of 2009 in Poland was marked with the beginning of a public discussion of on-line privacy, the government's potential attempts to restrict access to websites and a growing...

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