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Digital Democracy

Description

A new Deliberative-Collaborative eDemocracy model is emerging worldwide. This model can contribute to a more open and inclusive form of policy-making by involving citizens through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

ECAS is implementing a Digital Democracy Agenda, aiming to explore the democratic potential of ICT in:

  • Reducing the gap between political elites and citizens;
  • Transforming the relationship between EU citizens and EU decision-makers into more of a partnership, thus contributing to the creation of an engaged citizenship;
  • Enabling the EU to go beyond consultations and structured dialogues with the usual stakeholders, to expand the number of contributors to EU policy-making, remove potential barriers to participation that translate into a general feeling of exclusion and engage groups that are underrepresented.

ECAS actively supports the implementation of the first transnational instrument of participatory democracy in the EU – the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) – through the ECI Support Centre by providing legal advice, research, analysis and recommendations for the simplification of the ECI Regulation as well as through co-organising the annual ECI Day event in Brussels.

2015-2020 Timeframe

In the period 2015 – 2020 ECAS is working to:

  • Define the possible scope and implications of Digital EU Citizenship in view of promoting and advocating for new approaches of engaging citizens based on ICT (e.g. crowdsourcing at EU level).
  • Organise 3D – a Digital Democracy Day in Brussels as an annual event to raise awareness and report on new developments in the area.
  • Advocate for increased user-friendliness and accessibility of the European Citizens Initiative.
  • Promote and support the participation of youth in the EU decision-making process (e.g., the DEEP-linking Youth project).
  • Facilitate a network of interested organisations and stakeholders in the Member States to multiply efforts and increase the impact of digital democracy in the EU.
  • Launch a pilot on crowdsourced legislation at EU level.

Publications

NetEffect EU

Director of ECAS Assya Kavrakova is featured in this brand new documentary on how the Internet and social media are shaping democracy in the European Union. You can now watch the full film here: http://vimeo.com/98223877

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