democracy-technologies.org is brought to you by the Innovation in Politics Institute.
We established this magazine to provide people working in politics and the industry of Democracy Technologies with in-depth information about new developments and technologies in the field of digital participation and deliberation, electronic voting, and other digital tools that improve political organisations.
We do this because we see Democracy Technologies as one of the areas with the greatest potential to improve democracy. They are tools that are currently available or in development that can help to involve citizens in decisions that affect their lives, and to bring institutions and elected politicians closer to the people.
As we are currently witnessing a boom in such technologies, more and more people working in politics are attempting to complement – or on some levels even substitute – representative democracy with direct participation. At the same time, new companies are emerging in the field at an ever-increasing pace.
Our editorial team provides you with cover stories about which new technologies are on the rise, where they work well and where not. We bring to you guest contributions by experts about the challenges and opportunities, security-issues and other current debates. And we are building a resource center on providers and their tools, as well as guides on how to design participation with digital tools.
Our goal is to establish the online magazine as the most relevant and independent source of information based on a paid subscription model. But before introducing a paywall, we want to prove to you that it’s worth your while.
If you would like to help us to improve the quality and relevance of our content, or support us by sharing your own knowledge and experience, we would be grateful to hear from you.
Laura Giesen, Chief Editor
for the Democracy Technologies Editorial Team