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Co-Deciding Europe: Civic Tech for Good Governance and Active Citizenship

Belgium | Bulgaria | Estonia | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Latvia | Portugal | Slovenia
E-democracy
Countries
Belgium | Bulgaria | Estonia | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Latvia | Portugal | Slovenia
Domains
E-democracy
Duration
01/2021 - 12/2023
Budget
139 275 €
Project manager
Partners

Centre for Social Sciences of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary),
Foundation of Public Participation (Latvia),
Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS (Latvia),
Institute for Electronic Participation (Slovenia),
“Science for You” NPC – SciFY (Greece),
ProInfo Foundation (Bulgaria),
OneSource Consultoria Informática Lda (Portugal),
DAEM S.A. (Greece),
Citizens Foundation Iceland (Iceland),
European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) (Belgium), European Environmental Bureau (Belgium).

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The world is changing due to the rise of technology, and so is our democracy and co-deciding processes. Although policy-makers and different actors are harnessing e-tools to foster democratic processes, it is still difficult to assess the success of these tools because a universally applicable methodology for the assessment of e-participation experiences is currently lacking. Moreover, while digital democracy has increasingly experimented at local and national levels, there are still no effective mechanisms for engaging citizens and CSOs in the process of co-producing policy solutions for Europe.

Therefore, co-deciding Europe project proposes to pilot the collaborative method of crowdsourcing legislation in five beneficiary countries on the subject of ‘air quality’. The topic chosen because of its transnational nature and the problems associated with it.

The consortium will develop a universally applicable methodology  to allow objective comparison of the results of e-participation projects across time and geographical space and use it for evaluating the crowdsourcing pilots.

The consortium will also test a ‘social listening’ method through a Digital Dashboard to include citizens’ opinions on ‘air quality’ beyond the actively engaged citizens participating in the crowdsourcing pilot. The project will deliver guidelines for ethical ‘social listening’ to benefit from the availability of big data while protecting individual privacy and safeguarding citizens against inappropriate access and use of data.

What do we do?

The task of the project are the followings:

  • Develop a universally applicable methodology for assessment of e-participation experiences to be tested through the crowdsourcing pilots in order to ensure a learning curve.
  • Develop guidelines for ethical ‘social listening’ which benefits from the availability of big data while protecting individual privacy and safeguarding citizens against inappropriate access to and use of data.
  • Contribute to strengthening of democratic culture and civic awareness in the targeted beneficiary countries and EU-wide by soliciting the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ on the subject of ‘air quality’ and gaining insights through social listening which will inform policy-making.
  • Ensure exchange of lessons learnt and know-how throughout the project partnership and beyond through a series of events, brainstorms and online courses.