Panel of stakeholders and tech companies
chaired by Joana Barbany
Municipalities and technology: more political participation?
Cllr. Jennifer Layden, Convenor for Equalities and Human Rights of the Glasgow City Council
Being involved in new media and social media enables administrations to engage with citizens.
There still is the challenge how technology can help to bring better outcomes, to bring increased access to democracy and participation. So far increased access is quite a success, as many people that cannot attend face-to-face meetings do participate online.
Enabling access to participation through online technologies should not be in detriment of excluding people for just the opposite reason: they cannot use online tools.
Working with local communities with participatory budgeting.
Technology and participation, one more step towards democratic pedagogy
Arnau Mata, tinent d’alcalde de Comunicació, Participació Ciutadana i Sistemes TIC, i portaveu de l’Ajuntament de Sant Vicenç dels Horts
The general context of political corruption is affecting all the institutions, regardless whether they or their members are corrupt or not. This is putting a stress on daily governance.
Some participatory processes where put to work, to let citizens have their say, and enable new ways so that institutions could speak with the citizens.
They are using Decidim, Barcelona City Council’s participatory platform.
Online participation allows monitoring of participatory processes, helps people to participate, empowers minorities in the public agenda, legitimates civic organisations, etc.
Open government and citizen participation channels in the digital era
Carles Agustí, Open Government Director at the Barcelona Provincial Council
Unlike preceding times, now citizens have lots of information, usually much more than governments themselves. Adaptation to this new reality is compulsory.
Open Government is the answer to the demands of change of the people in the way to do governance and politics. But it is not only a mere website, but a whole new strategy, a deep cultural change.
Technology is absolutely changing the landscape:
- Open data would simply not exist without technology.
- Civic platforms can better organize with technology.
- e-Participation opens new channels, ways and methodologies for participation.
- And, last but not least, more and different individual citizens can gather thanks to technology.
It is important to acknowledge that data have a lot of public value when they become open as open data. And that it is not only about giving data away but also about listening to citizens.
On-line voting: a security challenge
Jordi Puiggalí, Head of Research and Security Department, Scytl
There are no secure channels: it’s security measures that you implement that make voting secure. This includes on-site voting or postal voting.
Cryptographic protocols can guarantee privacy and integrity of voting processes.
Cryptography also allows to audit voting processes.
Jordi Puiggalí: Blockchain can provide identity, but not integrity nor privacy.
Arnau Mata: the best way to convince people to participate is showing that it does work, that the government cares about what is being said and applies the general agreements.