Pablo Aragón of Barcelona Media yesterday gave a presentation entitled D-CENT: Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies for direct democracy and economic empowerment, at the Crowd Intelligence: Foundations, Methods and Practices workshop, being held 8-9 January in Barcelona.
Here is a summary of the project, from the handout:
D-CENT will provide civil society with immediately useable digital tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment. It will also grow longer-term alternatives to today’s highly centralised platforms and power structures. D-CENT will create an open, federated, and decentralised social networking platform based on integrating already successful open-source codebases, with tens of thousands of users in three pilots. The modular platform enable to share in real-time open data, democratic decision making tools, and digital social currency for the social good. The D-CENT platforms will go beyond data aggregation to enable deliberation and collective judgement, informed by feedback. D-CENT partnership will design a platform, with testing in 2 integrated pilot themes in Spain, Iceland and Finland:
- Direct Democracy/Political Empowerment – enabling more direct engagement in democratic decision making. D-CENT builds on Europe’s largest experiments in direct democracy – the Open Ministry crowdsource legislation linked into parliament in Finland, the wiki-constitution in Iceland, and one of Europe’s most dynamic social movements in Spain – showing how millions of citizens can become engaged in deliberation, and decision-making.
- Sharing economy/Economic Empowerment – enabling communities to manage common goods, and exchange using alternative digital social currencies. The second cluster of experiments will connect these new approaches to empowerment to economic platforms, to extend, scale and link up community currencies, and creating the building blocks for an economy that links exchange to trust, deliberation and collective awareness. […]
According to the handout and slides, here is the software associated with each of the modules:
- Digital Social Currency Module, using Freecoin
- Crowdsourcing Open Data Module, using CKAN and Py Bossa
- Direct Democracy Module, using Finland’s Open Ministry = Avoin ministeriö technology plus additional liquid democracy and social innovation software
For more details, please see the materials and the project Website, or contact Pablo.