Citizen-led, ethical tech platform for democratic change
D-CENT is a Europe-wide project providing citizens working for democratic change access to the latest ethical online engagement tools and systems.
D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) provides interested citizens and organizations a platform from which to plan and manage local policy campaigns. The D-CENT toolbox uses open-source, privacy aware technology in all of its digital engagement tools. Tools include collaborative policy writing support, a social media app and electronic voting. Blockchain technology is used to provide ethical and transparent reward schemes.
Anyone can propose a policy idea for debate, and then collective discussion takes place online. D-CENT prioritizes privacy and security, so all data is owned by the community running the project. Citizens can also sign up for local municipal news alerts through D-CENT. Currently being used in large-scale projects in Barcelona, Reykjavik, Madrid and Helsinki, D-CENT wants to get more people, local governments and countries involved.
As citizens become more mobile, governments have had to play catch-up. Mexico City’s crowd-sourced constitution is a recent experiment, and a number of projects are helping make vast amounts of open data usable. How else could mobile democracy be used to connect more frequently with citizens via their daily routines?
27th September 2016