Technology options and systems to strengthen participatory and direct democracy (STOA EDEM II)
CT tools and social media significantly open up new ways for citizens to get involved in policy and decision-making processes. But how can digital tools strengthen the connections between European citizens and the EU decision-making processes? Can they really contribute to reducing the EU democratic deficit and to allowing for improved democratic processes?
Digital tools have already increasingly been used for citizen involvement in policy and decision-making for many years. The spectrum is wide: it reaches from provision of political information via web portals, voter guides and campaign sites to online forums, electronic petitions, consultations and voting tools.