Invitation to the Dutch edition of the EUCROWD conference
CROWDSOURCING A NEW EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY
How can we use e-participation to bridge the gap between people and politics?
Tolhuisweg 2, 1031 CL Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15 March 2017
On the day of the Dutch national elections, we question what other ways there are to bridge the gap between citizens and politicians on a national as well as a European level. Many people feel let down by European institutions and their obscure decision-making processes. Having national consultations after law proposals have already been formulated, as in the case of the Ukraine referendum in The Netherlands, do not enhance trust in European politics. How can digital tools help citizens to have a more direct say about European policy making? Could digital tools help to democratise the EU?
The second EUCROWD public event took place in London on 9 February 2017. The international workshop and meetup “Taking control of politics: can digital democracy help?” brought together 35 citizens from 15 different countries. Event focused on discussing social, political and technical aspects of citizens crowdsourcing in policy-making in different European countries and at the EU level.
TAKING CONTROL OF POLITICS: CAN DIGITAL DEMOCRACY HELP?
Newspeak House, London, United Kingdom, 9 February 2017
How well are we using online and digital technology to take part in politics? Do platforms already exist for engaging with politics from a local to European level, or do we need to create something new? If so what, and how?
The Democratic Society will host an online discussion forum and an offline event for members of the public and for professionals in the field to consider the state of play of digital democratic participation in Britain today and to come up with ideas for the future.