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Digital Democratic Empowerment and Mobilisation for a Stronger EU (DigiDEM)

DigiDEM EU applies collaborative methods of crowdsourcing legislation and ‘social listening’ in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Montenegro on the subject of ‘air quality’ – a topic chosen because of its transnational nature and the problems associated with it (estimated 400 000 premature deaths in Europe each year). It sets to ensure that the collected citizens’ contributions on the topic feed into and impact EU policy-making.

By piloting crowdsourcing and social listening exercises across four EU countries, the project will contribute to providing a blueprint for innovative methods of citizen engagement that are implemented as complementary to representative democracy. Through its activities and outputs, DigiDEM also aims to establish a transnational community of policy makers, academics, businesses, NGOs and citizens which will continue to apply and advocate for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to ensure inclusive and collaborative decision-making process at all levels.

The project is designed to go hand in hand with CODE Europe – a 3-year project funded by the EEA regional cooperation grants, piloting the collaborative method of crowdsourcing legislation in Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Latvia and Portugal.

DigiDEM is implemented in partnership with the following organisations:

30 August 2021 – 25 February 2023

ECAS will ensure the sound content and financial management of the project, will monitor and assess its implementation in terms of outcomes and outputs, and contribute to the evaluation of the crowdsourcing and social listening on ‘air quality’. The specific tasks for the project include:

  • Provide methodologic support to the partners implementing the crowdsourcing pilots.
  • Carry out a crowdsourcing pilot in Belgium.
  • Ensure the state-of-the-art technological platform for both the crowdsourcing and the social listening.
  • Support the knowledge-sharing of the results and lessons learnt.
  • Engage EU decision-makers in the follow-up of the results of the crowdsourcing and the social listening on air quality, especially in terms of advocating to mainstream methods of digital democracy in decision-making process.
  • Organise a Digital Democracy Day in Brussels to promote the project results and lessons learnt.

 

The project is supported by:

Europe for Citizens

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