Category: Democracy

D-CENT Researches Helsinki Municipal Decisions as Social Objects

Helsinki is a pioneer in opening all municipal decision in structured open data. This makes Helsinki an ideal candidate for exploring the opportunities of turning each municipal decision into a Social Object. The internet is full of services that have turned various things into objects of social interaction. IMDB has done this for movies, Airbnb for short-term rental apartments, Flickr for photos. Could public decisions act as Social Objects? Read more +

ICT 2015: Innovate, Connect, Transform

ICT2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform was held on the 20-22 October in Lisbon, Portugal. The 3-day event is EU’s biggest digital research event in 2015. It attracted more than 7000 ICT professionals. The conference discussed how to make a fully digitised economy and society a reality in Europe. D-CENT was showcasing its tools in the exhibition area among around 100 best-in-class results of European ICT Research & Innovation projects. Read more +

Interview: Evgeny Morozov

Interviewing Evgeny Morozov, is a historian of technology, author and editor at journals such as the Guardian, Le Monde diplomatique and the Financial Times, and of books such as The Net Delusion: the dark side of Internet freedom, To Save Everything, Click Here, and Le mirage numerique soon out in France.

“Citizens are not just vehicles and machines for consuming more songs on Spotify, films on Netflix, entertainment or stuff from Amazon. In Europe there’s still this desire to think of citizens as active participants in the public sphere. It is people who organise, lit citizen movements and do occasionally uprisings. Who participate in all forms of decent”, Morozov reminds.

D-CENT interview: Evgeny Morozov from D-CENT on Vimeo. Digital social innovation initiatives to the public

In an effort to come up with solutions to the societal challenges that policy makers and current solutions are not able to tackle, social innovations are popping up as new types of services and products. In the recent years social innovations have been accelerated with the digital layer, which is proving to be especially effective in bringing people together, offering tools for self-organization and providing a democratic space for everyone to contribute to solving these especially wicked problems.

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Distributed identity, data infrastructures and digital tools for social change 

Article by Francesca Bria and Elettra Bianchi Dennerlein. The original article was published at the Nesta website.


Francesca Bria in conversation with Blaine Cook, former lead developer of Twitter, principal co-author of the OAuth and Webfinger specifications and co-founder of Poetica. Blaine describes his worries and hopes for the development of digital platforms by social movements to mobilise collective action and build collective power.


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