When 90% of a petition site’s users are ‘lurkers’, it is harder to claim outcomes are representative. Slide deck.
How do you make the Mexican government become a platform for innovation? Running through Reboot’s theory of change and outcomes. A slide deck.
Three cases of citizen participation through technology and three different research methods used to understand impact. A slide deck.
Mobile technology has quickly become pervasive in civic tech – but there is much about its impact that we don’t yet fully understand.
First findings from a project to bolster trust in the political system and mainstream media, through the use of transparency.
Research into the impact of voting advice applications, which help citizens choose which candidate to opt for, by offering an explicit ranking of viable options.
How citizens and campaigns have used the Crowdpac platform in the US, the UK and France, with particular emphasis on the French elections.
Members of Facebook’s Civic Engagement team run through their democratic bolt-on to the social media site, Voting Plan. A slide deck.
The Open Government Partnership is perhaps the most prominent international effort to connect citizens and governments through the use of technology.
Audrey Tang, Minister for Digital, oversaw Taiwan’s transformation into one of the most open and participatory administrations in the world.
A qualitative meta-analysis of the existing literature and additional original case studies, organising monitorial citizenship tools into thematic groups.
Using Decidim Barcelona’s Open Data API to analyse the political process of participatory democracy in the city.
EngageTech, not just online engagement, is critical for representative democracy. How are governments now designing for digital democracy? Slide deck.
Governments seeking to harness existing communication trends also must grapple with the additional constraints that come with adapting to these rather inflexible platforms.
The interested bystander is an individual who is civically aware, but not civically active.
Reflections on the political origins and implications of terms in the accountability field, addressing their invention, translation, appropriation and circulation in different contexts.
How the Centre for Policy Analysis are using technology and multimedia tools to make information on Parliament more accessible for mainstream online audiences.
This paper argues that mySociety’s contact-your-representative service seems not to generate high levels of interactivity between citizens and the elected; and is often used for purposes not intended by its makers nor necessarily appreciated by the elected.
Before you build internet-dependent civic tech, makes sure your intended audience has good data coverage – and other learnings from Nigeria.
A modified version of iHub Kenya’s Umati project monitored and countered hate speech during the country’s elections of 2015. Learn about the link between events offline and hate speech online, that allow triggers to be identified.
Polarisation in social media has become a major concern, with these platforms spreading misinformation, fostering confirmation bias and increasing segregation. But social media can also have a positive effect on democracy.
Google’s commitment to the civic tech field, outlining why the search engine giant believes it to be of such critical importance in the current age.
With over 120 Citizen Budgets implemented across North America, Open North have undertaken research on the impact of the tool in different cities.
Technology has brought many opportunities to change the way that governments and citizens can interact – but it has also brought challenges.
During development of Civocracy, expectations were high: however, at launch, the anticipated impact was found to be disappointingly lacking.
Every year, the city of Paris puts aside 100 million Euros to fund projects chosen by its own inhabitants.
French MP Paula Forteza joins the dots between the discontent shown by the gilets jaunes demonstrators, and the increased empowerment fostered by participatory democracy tools.
The influences and tensions that shape the civic tech ecosystem, using local governments as a case study to see how tools are used and perceived by public institutions.
A deep dive into whether, and how, technologies can enhance the unique value proposition of participatory budgeting initiatives.
What’s the difference between Brazil and France? The degree to which participatory budgeting has changed citizen engagement.
Decidim.barcelona enabled an online/offline process for the Municipal Action Plan of Barcelona, the roadmap for the government’s public policies.
A behind-the-scenes look at how Facebook attempted to identify and combat coordinated attempts at manipulation and voter suppression on their platform.
TICTEC Local 2019 was kicked off with an overarching look at the meaning, evidence and impact of local digital. Slide deck.
Panelists from the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport, FutureGov, Westminster University and Involve discuss how civic tech can foster citizen engagement. Notes document.
Learn how US civic tech organisations are deploying a variety of means to get citizens engaged.
An overview of the work of Democracy Club, which leads a huge effort in crowdsourcing data every time there’s a UK election. A slide deck.
An overview of efforts to deploy technological tools in bottom-up constitution making initiatives.
Constitutional revision has been a long running theme for Iceland in recent years. Now they’ve been through a wide-ranging public consultation on changes to the nation’s constitution.
Hear about ten years of successes and failures in gathering local legislative district and elected official data for the Cicero database project, as well as details about the impacts this data has had on hundreds of users.
Sigurlaug Anna Jóhannsdóttir is a Democracy advisor at the City of Reykjavik Council in Iceland.
Hollie Russon Gilman is particularly interested in revitalising American democracy, local innovation, and the opportunities and challenges of digital technologies to enhance governance and public policy.
An overview of what tools existed for democracy in 2020, by mySociety’s researcher Alex Parsons.
g0v began as a hacktivist group, and went on to shape Taiwan’s digital policy. One project sought to increase online civic participation. Who could be better positioned to do this work? But things didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated.
Women and sexual minorities are frequent victims of online gender-based violence. But we are yet to fully understand the impact that this has on women across Africa, and on how they access civic technology.
Could a shift to digital accountability happen, if candidates are exposed to local and national petitions?
Transparency International UK’s Promise to Practice project tracks and advocates for the implementation of governments’ anti-corruption commitments made at the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit.
Technologies such as constituent databases are helpful for collecting, storing, and analysing constituent communication, but they promote the datafication of citizen information.
The Clearing House is a unit within the UK Cabinet Office that “advises on” and “coordinates” FOI requests referred by government departments.
Researchers invited 150 constituents that were representative of the district to a week-long, single topic, online forum with their Member of Congress.
FutureGov was commissioned by Blackpool Council to deliver a neighbourhood assembly on climate change. But Blackpool’s population is in the top 10% most deprived in England, and they had to recognise that there were significant barriers to online participation.
Practitioners from around the world discuss the challenges of accessing quality data and information for civic tech projects, as well as their solutions and ideas to tackle these.
Things that once were deemed by governments as impossible or not important enough – like remote voting – have become a reality in parliaments across the world since the emergence of COVID-19.
Now that the Civic Technology sector has matured, we can take a step back and assess its worth.
Open Culture Foundation finds that there are significant structural issues at stake which, if left unfixed, will leave the concept of Open Government as little more than a beautiful slogan for Taiwan.
Sharing the outcomes of a project that experimented with blockchain technologies to make an election process in Taiwan more secure from cyber attacks.
Video footage of TICTeC@Taipei conference session by French Digital Agency, a governmental agency overseen by the Ministry for the Economy.
Questions from the floor for this TICTeC@Taipei session’s panelists.
This discussion, in Chinese, was livestreamed and can now be watched as a video.
Video footage of TICTeC@Taipei conference session featuring panellists from Open Culture Foundation (Taiwan), Code for Pakistan, Sinar Project (Malaysia), Thai Netizen Network and Code for Japan.
Produced thanks to a TICTeC Labs grant, this case study documents how the World Bank worked with the government to empower local communities to make decisions, facilitated by a digital platform.
Produced thanks to a TICTeC Labs grant, this case study documents how Rosario municipality makes their digital participatory budgeting tools accessible to individuals with visual disabilities.
Produced thanks to a TICTeC Labs grant, this case study documents how the Chilean government’s National Youth Institute used a digital platform, CitizenLab, to get young people involved in policy making.
A TICTeC Labs grant allowed PolicyLab Africa to launch this project, an open-source reporting tool that enables citizens to document and report violent incidents during Nigeria’s elections.
Alex Parsons, the Research Associate at mySociety, gives an overview of tools for democracy as things stood in 2020.
Audience questions for the sessions in this section of TICTeC@Taipei, covering participation tech for Taiwan, France and Hong Kong.