D-CENT – Technologies for 21st Century democracy

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D-CENT develops the next generation tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment.

D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) is a Europe-wide project bringing together citizen-led organisations that have transformed democracy in the past years, and helping them in developing the next generation of open source, distributed, and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment.

D-CENT integrates successful open-source code bases and promotes large-scale adoption of the D-CENT open specifications, interoperable technology, open data and open APIs.

The D-CENT tools enable citizens to be informed and get real-time notifications about issues that matter to them; propose and draft solutions and policy collaboratively; decide and vote on solutions and collective municipal budgeting; and finally implement and reward people with blockchain reward schemes. The tools can be combined in ways to support democratic processes.

D-CENT ToolsBox gives hands-on introduction on what D-CENT has designed, how the tools have been deployed so far, and how one can set up your own D-CENT ecosystem. The Tools page to learn why you should use D-CENT and what the tools can be used for. Explore the large-scale pilots that are run to develop and test the tools in practice. Demo links show D-CENT in action.

Decisions Helsinki helps you to follow decision making in Helsinki.
Picture: Chris Cheshire, Thoughtworks

Piloting in Helsinki

Since 2013, D-CENT has run large-scale pilots in Spain, Iceland and Finland to test and develop the tools in practice. These pilots have been involving thousands of citizens across Europe in municipal decision-making, policy and budgeting processes.

In the Finnish pilot, Forum Virium Helsinki has been developing Decisions Helsinki. This democracy tool helps citizens to follow the decision making process of the City of Helsinki. It gives a heads up when the city council or committee handles issues that they are interested in, for example; planned changes in their neighbourhood street or favourite dog park. The data is fetched from award-winning API Open Ahjo.

Multidisciplinary research

D-CENT research focused on new forms of democracy, citizen empowerment and participation. An integrated techno socio-economic analysis has been carried out on organisational models of emerging social movements, new economic models based on knowledge commons, distributed social networking, identity systems, new models for citizen control of personal and social data, privacy and security by design. All D-CENT research reports are available at: http://dcentproject.eu/resources

Extensive international consortium

D-CENT project ran from 2013 to 2016 with a total budget of 2,5 million euros. It had a strong international consortium with nine partners from seven European countries:  Finland, France, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands and Spain.

Forum Virium Helsinki was responsible for the project’s dissemination and executing the Finnish pilot.

D-CENT coordinator Francesca Bria (Nesta)

A Europe-wide project developing the next generation of open source, distributed, and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment.


Twitter: @dcentproject #DCENT
GitHub: github.com/D-CENT

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