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DEEP-Linking Youth

The aim of the Digital Ecosystem for E-Participation Linking Youth (DEEP-Linking Youth) project is to use e-participation as an instrument to foster young people’s empowerment and active participation in democratic life. The project will test the functioning of a digital ecosystem for youth engagement by bridging technology and young citizens on a common task with the […]
Digital Commons for Open Government open source marketplace for government tools
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Digital Commons for Open Government

open source marketplace for government tools We propose creating a Digital Commons for Open Government and invite you to join us in its design. The plan is to create a highly automated marketplace for open source tools, open knowledge and relevant support services. We will connect governments and civil society with open source developers and […]
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Citizens Foundation awarded seed financing for Active Citizen AI Notifications

CHEST is a 33 month Research and Development project supported under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to promote the development of digital based innovations that have the potential to address key societal challenges. In addition to the development of an online community platform that will facilitate the sharing and exchanging of ideas, the CHEST project […]
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Our Better Neighborhoods wins the Nordic Best Practice Challenge

In May our open source community platform Better Neighborhoods was declared as a Nordic Best Practice Challenge winner in the category – Public Communication. “The project is awarded for being an innovative, small scale and transferable initiative with positive implications for the dialogue with the residents. The aim of the project is to improve the quality […]
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Our Your Priorities hosting is now free and we have a preview of the next version…

All e-democracy communities on *.yrpri.org are now free of charge. So not only is Your Priorities open source but you can also use our unlimited group hosting for free at yrpri.org. Create your own e-democracy community now! The latest version of the Your Priorities code: https://github.com/rbjarnason/your-priorities-app Our technology preview of the next version of Your Priorities which is a […]
Ideas became Estonian laws with Your Priorities and the Rahvakogu
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New Estonian law creates a new law through citizens petitions

Sorry about the meta title but it’s really what it is. An Estonian law about citizens petitions came into the Rahvakogu through Your Priorities and was approved by the Estonian parliament last year. And now the Estonian parliament has approved a law that came into being through a citizens petition. That’s one real step further in […]
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23% increase in electronic voting in Better Neighborhoods 2015

Voting for projects in Better Neighborhoods finished with a 23% participation increase from last year, slipping just under the numbers for the first vote, four years ago. 7.3% of citizens with a right to vote (all residents of Reykjavík from 16 years of age) showed up electronically and cast their vote on which projects they […]
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The importance of youth organisations for society and democracy

We had a great experience doing a presentation at The Icelandic Youth Councils conference. We presented our work on using e-democracy increase participation, especially with young people. The audience once again confirmed our belief that young people are not less but more capable than most of their elders, bombarding us with difficult questions which we […]
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Seasons Greetings 2014

A very merry seasons greetings to all from us at the Citizens Foundation in Iceland! Highlights from 2014 In 2014 we presented and participated with good people in many countries at conferences, meetings, workshops, crowd-sourcing budgets processes, collaborators, partners in democratic innovation and more. Thank you all! We received the brilliant news that 7 Estonian […]
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Better Neighborhoods PB for the 4th time

On the 8th of October 2014 we started collecting ideas for our annual Participatory budgeting project for the City of Reykjavik, capital of Iceland. When the submission period ended on 7th of November almost 700 ideas had been submitted which is a new record. They are now being evaluated and costed by city officials in […]