This years POINT 5.0 Conference (Political Accountability and New Technologies) was held in Sarajevo from 25-28 of May. Point 5.0 is a regional conference of civil society organizations from 7 countries of Southeast Europe, which are intensively engaged in using new technologies in their work, but it will also involve the participation of organizations, individuals, groups and institutions dealing with specific topics that the conference is focused on. POINT 5.0 is the fifth edition and a logical continuation of the successful POINT conferences, held in February 2012 and May 2013, 2014 and 2015.


It is the 5th time that activists, journalists, watchdog organizations and tech for transparency geeks from the Southeast, Central-Eastern Europe and Middle East come together to discuss how technologies can empower democracy: transparency, participation and accountability.


POINT conference is organized by Regional Network ActionSEE created by CA Why not (Zašto ne) from BiH, Center for Research on Transparency and Accountability (CRTA) from Serbia, Metamorphosis Foundation from Macedonia, and Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) from Montenegro.


Metamorphosis held several panels as follows:

  1. Fact-checking Media – New and Innovative Approaches to Making Media More Accountable
  2. TechSoup Balkans – A bridge between CSO and software donor
  3. Accountability and Transparency in a region are on a low level


POINT conference aims to become a multi-platform for civil society’s use of new technologies – to become a tool for education about the use of new technologies and social networks; a forum for exchanging opinions and experiences; an incubator for ideas, projects and strategies development; a virtual space for networking and informing of all socially conscious Internet users; and a social network for exploring, searching for partners and associates and coalitions building. This year’s POINT 5.0 focused on government accountability monitoring, open data, success of technology-related projects of civil society, using new technologies for advocacy and monitoring different branches of government.