Developing next generation digital tools for direct democracy  

How technology can be used to help facilitate direct democracy and citizen engagement? View the interview with Francesca Bria, the coordinator of the international D-CENT project. D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies) is the biggest European project on direct democracy and citizen engagement, and one of the organisers of the Democratic Cities – Commons technology and the right to a democratic city event in Madrid 23–28 2016.

Interview: Francesca Bria, Nesta from D-CENT on Vimeo.

What are D-CENT tools and how they can be used?

D-CENT is European-wide project developing the next generation digital tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment. D-CENT allows people to discuss and share content, engage in mass scale deliberation, collaborative policymaking, and voting. Learn more about D-CENT tools Mooncake, Stonecutter and Objective8 from our interview with software developer Natalie Eskinazi from ThoughtWorks, one of the partners in the D-CENT project.

Interview: Natalie Eskinazi, ThoughtWorks from D-CENT on Vimeo.

On Digital currencies: D-CENT Freecoin, Blockchain

Marco “Radium” Sachy and Denis “Jaromil” Roio are developers of Freecoin, a set of tools to let people run reward schemes that are contextually transparent and can be inscribed in different blockchain backends.

Freecoin is made for participatory and democratic organisations who want to incentivise transparence and management agility. Nominated by ISOC NL Internet Innovation Award 2016, Freecoin is a unique software concept, designed and implemented as free and open source, envisioned through a research path that has involved Bitcoin experts and economists of the University Sorbonne, partners in the D-CENT project.

On the 28th of May, you can meet Marco Sachy in Madrid, at Democratic Cities-Commons technology and the right to a democratic city (#DCENTMadrid #DemocraticCity). Snapshot from the programme:

28 May, 2016
Global hactivism for democracy

Chair: Yago Bermejo Abati, Director, Collective Intelligence for Democracy Laboratory, Medialab-Prado, City of Madrid

Richard Bartlett, Co-founder,, Wellington, New Zealand
Jinsun Lee, Founder, WAGL, Seoul, South Korea
Audrey Tang, Contributor,, Taipei, Taiwan
Diego Arredondo Ortiz, Communication and technology, Wikipolítica, Guadalajara, Mexico
Marco Sachy, Distributed Ledger Architect, Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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View Denis “Jaromil” Roio talking about D-CENT’s work on commons, trust, complementary currencies and Freecoin.

Interview: Jaromil “Denis” Rojo, from D-CENT on Vimeo.

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