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A cartoon of Bobbi the Bear, the City of Berlin's chatbot. Linked open data could help him to provide more accurate answers, as well as assisting the administration and researchers in their work.

Linked Open Data Explained: A Use Case from Berlin

Linked open data has the potential to revolutionise the way governments share information. But what exactly is it, and how does it work?

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What is Open Data, and Why Does it Matter?

A growing number of countries, cities, and regions now have dedicated open data portals. They contain a huge variety of information, from noise pollution maps to employment statistics. But what are they exactly, and how do they benefit democracy?

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9 Partners Governments Can Team up With to Counter Disinformation

the use of social media as a source for information has made the spread of disinformation easier. Governments they can partner with or support other organisations and institutions in countering disinformation.

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How Governments Can Fight Disinformation with High-quality Communication

to fight disinformation, preventing a falsehood from taking hold in the first place is far easier than trying to debunk it after it has spread.

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Making Political Primaries More Democratic

Can alternative voting methods help to make political primaries more democratic, while also reducing the risk posed by polarising candidates?

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What is (Digital) Deliberation?

Some are hailing it as the greatest hope for the future of our democracies. But what exactly is deliberation, and what role do digital tools play?

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Eight Questions to Ask Before Using AI in Citizen Participation

AI hype has arrived in the realm of digital citizen participation. For many, it’s an exciting moment, with several potential applications already emerging. But the quick uptake of AI also raises questions about the potential risks the technology brings with it. What questions should you ask before adopting the technology in participation projects?

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Participatory Budgeting Voting Methods

Most participatory budgets follow a well-established format. Yet when it comes to choosing the most effective voting method, there’s still no clear consensus. We take a look at some of the best options.

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Various forms of identity verification exist - all of which have both advantages and disadvantages.

Authenticity and Engagement – 6 Methods for Verifying Participants

Verifying the identity of participants is one of the most crucial steps in digital participation - validating outcomes and giving credibility to projects more broadly. However the balance between authenticity and ease of engagement makes it tough to get right. Here are a few of the options out there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

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Four Alternative Social Media Platforms for Political Organisations

With apparent chaos over at Twitter and a general loss of interest in Facebook, the status-quo of the social media world has seen a bit of a shakeup in recent months. Political organisations might find themselves looking for another place to grow an audience. We thought we'd take a look at a few of the alternatives.

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Democratic Lottery – A Guide to Sortition

According to some experts, ‘Sortition’ could eventually replace elected politicians altogether. In reality, it is already in use alongside elections – quietly revolutionising the way political decisions are made. But what exactly is it?

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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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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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Six Advantages of Digital Citizen Participation 

What does it take to get more citizens involved in democratic processes? Participation Factory outlines the key benefits of using digital tools to boost the breadth and quality of citizen participation while optimising valuable resources.

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4 Common Myths About Digital Participation 

Based on lessons learned in Ghana's Shama District - Participation Factory shares insights about common myths about digital participation and what expectations it can and can’t fulfil

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