by Innovation in Politics Institute
News and everything you need to know on digital democracy, online participation and e-voting

Introducing Our AI Panellists

This Thursday May 11 the Innovation in Politics Institute and are hosting Europe’s first Democracy Technology Convention in Warsaw. One of the most exciting panels during the convention will be a discussion on the role of AI in democracy, hosted by our very own Chief Editor, Laura Giesen.

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6 Participation Tools That Use AI

A number of Democracy technology platforms are taking advantage of the recent boom in AI to introduce new features and enhance existing ones. Here's a look at some great examples.

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The team behind the global democracy initiative.

Democracy Without Borders

As part of its campaign to promote global democracy and a UN Parliamentary Assembly, Berlin-based Democracy Without Borders is developing a platform to simulate what that might look like, and encouraging everyone to give it a go.

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Growing a Global Citizen Participation Platform

CitizenLab has emerged as one of the leading platforms in the global market for citizen participation tools. We spoke to CEO Wietse Van Ransbeeck about his thoughts on growth and the future of the industry.

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Robert Bjarnason of Your Priorities

Building Democracy Technology as a Non-Profit Organisation

'Your Priorities' is developed by the Icelandic Citizens Foundation and was recently rated the top platform by People Powered. We spoke to Foundation president Robert Bjarnason about how they operate and the future of the platform.

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The Status of EU-Wide e-ID

Last week the EU Parliament voted to move into interinstitutional negotiations around the implementation of an EU-wide electronic ID. Yesterday marked the first of those 'trilogues'. While an e-ID would be of enormous value and help streamline access to public and private services, there are still a few issues to work out.

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People Powered Launches Updated Ratings on Digital Participation Platforms

Yesterday saw the release of People Powered’s latest Digital Participatory Platforms Ratings, via digital launch event. We joined in to hear the latest, see the results and learn about the process.

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Jan Wegner, CEO of Polyas

E-Voting, Trust, and the Holy Grail of Political Elections

Polyas is an e-voting company from Germany. Democracy Technologies talked to one of their CEOs, Jan Wegner, about the company’s recent achievements and plans for the future.

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Defending Democracy Against ‘Team Jorge’ and Cyber Saboteurs

Democracy’s destruction has become a lucrative business, highlighting the fact that its defence requires ‘eternal vigilance’. We spoke to Patrick Penninckx, Head of Department for Information Society at the Council of Europe and Peter Wolf of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, to ask them what’s being done — and what else needs to be.

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Upgrades, Allocations and Destabilisations

CitizenLab releases a new feature, journalists reveal anti-democratic operations and participatory budgets in the US set for a huge boost.

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Delegative Democracy: An Introduction

Confusing terminology aside, we need to talk about the delegation of political authority, why it’s a big deal, and how it could impact political participation as democracy goes digital.

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Will Strategic Trolling Affect Digital Participatory Democracy?

Disinformation has long infected discourse in digital spaces. But with the digitisation of participatory processes, is there a risk that this affects democratic outcomes directly?

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Audits, AI Bills and Calls to Action

Brussels calls on young people to have their say, while in the USA, Wisconsin completes it's election audit and a Massachusetts senator submits an AI bill written by an AI.

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Digital Tools to Help Political Parties

Democracy technologies aren't just for managing deliberative and participatory processes, they can also be used to build, manage and grow political parties. Here are a few examples of tools that might help.

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Councils, Capitals and Commissions

Barcelona is declared 'European Capital of Democracy', the Council of Europe excludes civil society from the first AI treaty and the Indian Electoral Commission demos a remote voting system.

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