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

Brussels Permanent Citizens’ Assembly on Climate

Brussels is now home to the world’s first permanent Citizens' Assembly on Climate. Can permanent climate assemblies like this one help overcome the short term thinking of representative democracy and make our societies stronger and more cohesive?

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Brussels Voice – Can Participatory Democracy Replace the Right to Vote?

One in three people living in Brussels is non-Belgian. This means they cannot vote in regional elections. This year, Commissioner Brussels is working with the regional parliament to set up a citizen panel of international citizens of Brussels. The goal: to give them a voice in how the city where they live is run. Democracy Technologies spoke with project officer, Bryn Watkins, about what they hope to achieve and why it’s complicated

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EurHope

Can EurHope Involve 1 Million Young People in EU Politics?

EU Public Affairs Manager, Nahr, is upbeat in spite of the polycrises Europe currently faces as it looks towards next year’s European elections. “The good news is that destiny is in our hands – we’re not doomed, there is space for hope and destiny”, he says. Nahr is referring to the EurHope project that launched […]

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Scotland Embraces Digital Democracy at Parliamentary Level

What happens when digital approaches to deliberative democracy are adopted at parliamentary level? The Scottish parliament tells us more.

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FIDE Event: The Deliberative Wave is Here to Stay

Head of Cabinet of the Vice President for Democracy & Demography at the European Commission, Colin Scicluna, put it simply, “We have adopted the deliberative approach”. He acknowledges that their experience with the Conference on the Future of Europe convinced the Commission to “trust in these types of processes” and has helped them realise the […]

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Leading the World in AI Regulation – Is the EU’s AI Act Up to the Challenge?  

As the EU’s ambitious Artificial Intelligence Act gets the green light from the European Parliament, we take a closer look at what exactly it involves and reflect on some of the challenges it faces.

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gamification

What If Participation Was More Like A Game? 

If you’ve recently spent time on Duolingo, claimed airmiles or downloaded an exercise app like Zombies, Run!, you’re familiar with the basic elements of gamification. Commercial enterprises have used features that we typically associate with games – goals and challenges, point scoring, personalisation and rapid, visible feedback for decades to increase consumer engagement. But what […]

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Saving Democracy

‘Saving Democracy for Real’ – Panel Discussion

A panel of experts sat down recently at the Democracy Technology Convention in Poland, to tackle just this question and offer some solutions. The discussion benefited from the insights and expertise of EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, Director of Transparencia Brazil, Juliana Sakai and Courteney Mukoyi, Founder of the Justice Code Foundation Trust. The problem, […]

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Hacktivism

From Clicktivism to Hacktivism

New technologies provide a range of different participation levels that may favour a broadening, rather than a deepening of engagement. Yet this, according to Dr. Bas Baccarne, senior researcher at imec-MICT-Ghent University, is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Joscha Jäger

Parliamentary Data Should be Open Data

Every parliament, in every city, region, nation or even at EU or UN level, produces large amounts of data every day. Where and how is all this parliamentary data stored? Who should have access to it and why is it important?

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Participatory Budgeting at EU Level – Promises and Pitfalls

What are the promises and the pitfalls of participatory budgeting at the EU level? These questions were discussed on a panel discussion organised by Euractiv, five participants, including Andrea Erdai from the European Commission, Elisa Lironi of the European Citizen Action Service, and Member of the European Parliament Helmut Scholtz, explored the

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Ghent participation projects

Lessons from Ghent

The city of Ghent in Belgium has a long history of citizen participation and have found that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to participation.

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Latvia, the Land of Successful Petitions

ManaBalss has been giving Latvian citizens a voice in their parliament for over 10 years now. As one of the digital democracy finalists in the Innovation in Politics Awards, we wanted to learn more about the secret of its success.

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Subway station in Kyiv serves as raid shelter

Finding Shelter, Voting on Petitions and More – The Kyiv Digital App

In 2018, city leaders agreed on an ambitious plan to digitise Kyiv. A twenty-one-point transformation plan was created, including everything from cyber security to big data. The Kyiv Digital app was part of this broader push to digitise, aimed specifically at increasing accessibility for citizens. To date, the app has over 2 million downloads out […]

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Group discussion

Doing Deliberative Democracy Right

What does good practice in deliberative democracy and open government look like, in practice? Democracy Technologies took the OECD’s 11 point checklist of Good Practice Principles and checked them against the Barcelona Youth Forum.

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