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A group of the approximately 50 Participants in the 2024 Truth, Lies and Democracy event sat in front of the Canòdrom in Barcelona.

Tackling Fake News with Video Games

Could video games help us reach new audiences in the fight against fake news? The "Truth, Lies and Democracy" game jam in Barcelona gave 6 teams of developers 48 hours to design games tackling the topic of disinformation.

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Go Vocal's co-founders (from left to right): Koen Gremmelprez, Aline Muylaert, and Wietse Van Ransbeeck. They are pictured gathered around a laptop, looking at the screen and talking.

CitizenLab Becomes Go Vocal

Citizenlab is rebranding as Go Vocal. When asked what was wrong with the old name, Van Ransbeeck replied “we felt we had outgrown it.” The team originally chose the name CitizenLab to capture the experimental approach to democracy the Belgian company took when it was launched back in 2015 by Van Ransbeeck and his fellow […]

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Pavel Bulíček, black and white portrait on a multicoloured background.

Enhancing Transparency with Local Data Portals

The Open Data Catalogue & Data Portal of the Hradec Králové region was the first of its kind in the Czech Republic. It uses interactive maps and other visualisations to make local data accessible to the public.

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Tomáš Halász and Filip Strýčko of Trollwall. Black and white portraits on a colorful background.

How TrollWall Tackles Online Hate with AI

Online hate and disinformation have significantly clouded public discourse, polarising conversations and marginalising voices, particularly those of women and vulnerable groups. Through cutting-edge AI, TrollWall moderates online debates and comments, aiming to mitigate the harmful effects of online hate and foster inclusivity.

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Michal Hladký, Director of Creative Industry Košice

“A Must for Every City”: Open Data in Košice

Košice is a city of around 230,000 people in Eastern Slovakia. To harness the potential of data to improve services within the city, they launched Košice 2.0 – a transformative journey towards a smart, responsive city. We spoke to Michal Hladký, Director of Creative Industry Košice.

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Angela Müller of Algorithm Watch

Loopholes in European AI Regulation

Algorithm Watch is part of a broad coalition of civil society actors who have signed an open letter asking policymakers not to leave big loopholes in the Council of Europe's Convention on AI. We talked to Angela Müller about the Convention, as well as the EU’s recent AI Act.

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A stylised map of Italy in blue, against a background of red and blue vertical bars.

How Italy’s Government is Using AI

Governments around the world are already using AI in their daily work – but the rollout already varies drastically from country to country, depending on a whole host of factors. We take a look at the example of Italy, examining their current uses of AI, from public service chatbots and catching tax evaders to developing new policies, and consider some of the challenges they have faced.

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Black and white headshots of Sven Lohmeyer and Pascal Fuhr, experts in participation in city planning, on a blue and red geometrical background

Visions for the Future of Participation in City Planning

Participation in city planning can help to generate acceptance, especially if it builds on the collaboration of all relevant players. We talked to Sven Lohmeyer, a specialist in co-creative city planning at Urbanista, and Pascal Fuhr, Co-founder of the map-based participation tool Senf app about their experiences and visions for participatory city planning.

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Part of a Larger Transformation: The Consul Democracy Foundation

Founded in 2019, the Consul Democracy Foundation promotes the improvement of participative democracy worldwide using the open source digital platform Consul Democracy.

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Intelligence: Artificial, Collective, or Otherwise. Decidim Fest 2023

This year’s Decidim Fest took place as part of Barcelona’s European Capital of Democracy programme year. Members of the Meta Decidim community converged on the Canódrom to talk about the topic “Democracy, Technology and Artificial Collective Intelligence.” Read some of the highlights here.

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Tomáš Rákos. In the background a pattern with the words: project management, events, training, facilitation, unlock your city.

Learn To Lead Citizen Participation With New “Participate Practically” Course

Democracy Technologies is delighted to announce the launch of Participate Practically, an online course designed to help you plan, launch, administer and evaluate participation projects. The course is a collaboration between Democracy Technologies and our longstanding partners at Participation Factory. To mark the occasion, we sat down for a chat with their CEO Tomáš Rákos.

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Learning By Doing: A School of Participation is Being Launched in Germany

Interview | The School of Participation will teach theory and practice of participation using a hands-on approach. Its first academic year is due to commence in October 2024. We spoke to two of the school’s founders.

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“We Want More and Better Participation”

Interview | In Germany, a new professional association for citizen participation is being founded. Starting with a membership of around 400 people working in the field, they want to set quality standards for participation and influence government to change its mindset on participation.

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John Richardson is an Ashoka fellow, a lawyer, a mathematician and the founder of Ethelo, an online platform designed to help groups with building consensus.

Building Consensus on Complex Issues

John Richardson is an Ashoka fellow, a lawyer, a mathematician and the founder of Ethelo, an online platform designed to help groups reach consensus. We spoke about the nature of consensus building, the value of often unexplored options and the possibility of a shared protocol, bringing together different democratic tools.

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Online and Electronic Voting Updates Across the Globe

Electronic and internet voting are making slow progress around the world, but there are no shortage of challenges. Even in established democracies, trust is hard won, and implementation is often attempted before the foundations have been fully secured. Here are a few of the ups and downs.

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