D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. Together with the citizens and developers, we are creating a decentralised social networking platform for large-scale collaboration and decision-making.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 610349

D-CENT for you

For users

We build solutions together with users. D-CENT offers a privacy-aware, open source and non-commercial alternative for social movements, civic innovators, and civil society groups. We will pilot in Spain, Iceland and Finland.

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For developers

We invite developers to work with us. D-CENT develops an easy-to-use, open, modular and decentralised platform to build privacy-aware applications. We call for developers, hackers and open source activists around Europe to help us.

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D-CENT event


FutureFest is Nesta’s flagship weekend event of immersive experiences, compelling performances and radical speakers to excite and challenge perceptions of the future. With its unique position as the UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta uses FutureFest to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come.

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Chaos Communication Congress 2014

The Chaos Communication Congress is the yearly conference and hacker party of the Chaos Computer Club. For four days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, thousands of hackers, techies, hobbyists, artists, and utopians meet in Hamburg to learn from each other, chat, meet and greet, or simply to party. We engage in topics focused around information technologies, computer security and safety, the maker and breaker scenes, the critically-constructive intercourse with technology and its implications on our societies.

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Latest on D-CENT Blog

Interviewing Stefano Lucarelli

Stefano Lucarelli is Assistant Professor in the Political Economy at University of Bergamo, where he teaches International Monetary Economics and Economic Ethics. His interests include monetary theory of production, complementary currencies, financialization, knowledge-based economy and the history of economic thought. Mr. Lucarelli is one of the partners in the D-CENT project. D-CENT interview: Stefano Lucarelli from […]

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Open and transparent tools, Guanyem Barcelona

The Internet enables democratic participation without intermediaries. Guanyem Barcelona promotes open and transparent public discussion, where everyone can participate. To achieve this, we need open and transparent online tools. Together with the D-CENT project, Guanyem Barcelona´s digital participation team  has developed an improved version of the DemocracyOS software. Here we explain how it works (in Spanish).

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  • Interview: Pia Mancini

    Political Scientist Pia Mancini is the Director of Net Democracy, a foundation that proposes a space where citizens can meet to imagine, design and implement innovations on the political system that open up democracy’s bandwidth.

  • Interview: Birgitta Jónsdóttir

    Birgitta Jónsdóttir is an Icelandic Poetician who is currently serving as a member of the Icelandic Parliament for the Pirate Party, and is one of the founders of the party. Birgitta is also the founder and Chairperson of the International Modern Media Institute (IMMI), one of the partners in the D-CENT project.

    Birgitta has worked as a volunteer and activist for various organizations including WikiLeaks, Saving Iceland, and Friends of Tibet in Iceland. She specializes in lawmaking for the 21st century.


  • Interview: Evan Henshaw-Plath

    Evan Henshaw-Plath was the first hire and lead developer of Odeo.com through the pivot to Twitter. From there he was architect at Yahoo Brickhouse where they built the social location platform, Fire Eagle. He’s spoken extensively on startups, software development, media, social change. Henshaw-Plath is one of the partners in the D-CENT project.

  • Interview: Davide Barillari

    Davide Barillari is a Certified IT Specialist working for IBM Global Services in Italy. Barillari is currently providing consultancy services at customer sites in banking sector, on WebSphere Application Server for z/OS. He is also the Regional Councilor for an anti-government political party Five Star Movement (M5S) in Lazio.

    Mr. Barillari was one of the panelists at the D-CENT launch event, organised on the 14th of March 2014 in London. His panel dived into new models of democracy.

  • Interview: Jon Kingsbury

    Jon Kingsbury leads an inter-disciplinary team at Nesta, UK, that designs, commissions and delivers multi-million pound innovation programmes that help the creative and digital economy. He opened the D-CENT launch event “Democracy reboot: Re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe” organised in March 2014 in London.

  • Interview: Hille Hinsberg

    D-CENT interviews Hille Hinsberg from PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies. Hinsberg is an expert of governance and civil society policy. She participated the D-CENT launch event “Democracy reboot: Re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe” organised in March 2014 in London.

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