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Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies

Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies

Objective

D-CENT will accelerate innovation in the use of the Internet to help communities share data and collaborate to address major societal challenges. Despite its huge potential to transform everyday democratic decision making or to enable citizens to shape their own economic destiny, today's Internet is becoming highly centralised.D-CENT will accelerate the development of practical alternatives, through experiments creating useful new tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment, as well as research. It brings together world-class technological designers and academics with communities.D-CENT will create a bottom-up, decentralised, open platform for collective awareness based on integrating already successful open-source codebases. Its first practical experiments will address democratic engagement, building on Europe's largest experiments in direct democracy – the Open Ministry linked into parliament in Finland, and the involvement of the whole population in shaping a new wiki-constitution in Iceland – as well as one of Europe's most dynamic social movements and new political parties, in Spain. These will show how millions of citizens can become engaged in day-to-day deliberation, and decision-making.
Its second cluster of experiments will connect these new approaches to empowerment to economic platforms. Freecoin, a new disruptive digital social currency based on the blockchain, will be deployed in Finland, Iceland and Spain. Freecoin will facilitate the usage and integration of cryptographic blockchain technologies for the social good, creating the building blocks for a sharing economy that links exchange to trust, deliberation, and collective awareness.The component should be easy to deploy and adapt in different scenarios where the function of distributed authentication is crucial to establish bottom-up trust in value circulation and decision-making systems.
D-CENT will provide civil society with immediately useable digital tools for network democracy and bottom-up social innovation. But it will also grow longer-term alternatives to today's highly centralised platforms and power structures.
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NESTA

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58 Victoria Embankment
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United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 468 162

Administrative Contact

Kelly Armstrong (Ms.)

Participants (13)

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FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 121 338

FORUM VIRIUM HELSINKI OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 211 095

GEIE ERCIM

France

EU Contribution

€ 207 195

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 102 960

IMMI ALPJODLEG STOFNUN UM UPPLYSINGA- OG TJANINGARFRELSI*IMMI INTERNATIONAL MODERN MEDIA INSTITUTE

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

IBUAR - SAMRADSLYDRAEDI SES

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 77 400

STICHTING DYNE. ORG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 212 160

THOUGHTWORKS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 247 800

OPEN KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 65 040

NEO INNOVATION EUROPE LTD

United Kingdom

FUNDACIO BARCELONA MEDIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 58 830

OPEN KNOWLEDGE FINLAND RY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 65 040

UNIVERSITE PARIS I PANTHEON-SORBONNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 13 980

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 610349

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    31 May 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 638 868

  • EU contribution

    € 1 905 000

Coordinated by:

NESTA

United Kingdom