Posted on 4 mai 2017    by Valentin Chaput

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Make democracy an ongoing process with digital technology

France’s presidential campaign is about to end. It has been exhausting for some, because of how unpredictable it got. But also frustrating for many, because of the fact that the last months have left very little space for substantive debate. In this troubling time, we wanted to carry a slightly different message, that of everyday life, and not of electoral events.

Fortunately, thanks to digital technology, democracy no longer stops during the five years that separate two elections.

These technologies that empower citizen engagement, democratic participation and government transparency are called “civic-tech”. But concretely, what is it for?

The tools are ok, but are citizens really responsive? The question is legitimate, given the mixed success of the main participation processes that have been set up so far.

On the one hand, citizens feel like they are not involved in public decision-making. On the other hand, the elected officials and administrations that try to give life to local democracy clearly see the limits: only a handful of citizens actually take part in them.

At OSP, we are convinced that with the right methods and tools, we can solve this paradox of participatory democracy.

Open Source Politics is a company that builds tools for participatory democracy designed for public or private stakeholders. Contact us if you are willing to get involved in public consultation or participatory budgeting processes using civic tech solutions!

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