The initiatives of this category deal with the transformation of democracy in the digital age. Open Government initiatives, often referred to as e‑government, e‑parliament or democracy 2.0, aim to re‑establish the link between citizens and officials by increasing transparency and collaboration. They create spaces for citizens to share their vision for society and debate policy choices or to oversee the integrity of democratic institutions and the quality of public services. Do such initiatives help to improve institutional performance or do they pose a challenge for democracy in terms of data protection and privacy?

Four years of a direct Democracy Party in Argentina, Net Party, Argentina

The Net Party is a political party in Argentina, with 1500 formal members and about 100 active members involved in daily decisions. Their goal is to elect deputies in the legislative elections that make decisions accordingto decisions voiced by regular people , through a software (DemocracyOS) that gathers opinions and votes. The deputees vote according to the decision taken by online participants, thus promoting  "liquid”, “hybrid” and “direct” democracy.

President 21, Institute for Democracy 21, Czech Republic

This online civic game is a real time voting app, where citizens can nominate and vote for their ideal presidential candidate using the Democracy 21 voting system. As of now, the game has over 100.000 active users and it is expected to produce an ideal candidate, acceptable for the majority of voters due to the nature of the system. Each voter can cast up to three positive votes of equal value and up to one negative vote. The voter must use at least two positive votes to be able to cast the negative vote.

Balanced Ballot, Negative Vote Association, China

A Balanced Ballot is a ballot where voters have the option to vote AGAINST or FOR a candidate.  The AGAINST vote would be counted as minus one.  Winner is the person who receives higher net positive votes.  Each voter still has only one vote. The initiative aims at improving all election systems in the world by incorporating the option to vote against. Researches have shown that this would increase voter participation significantly and that so-called “populist” candidates would receive net negative votes.

Group of States against Corruption - GRECO of the Council of the Council of Europe

Preventing corruption in the legislative and executive branches of powers, and increasing the transparency and supervision of political financing are among GRECO’s top priorities. Many significant reforms are being conducted in the member States (on declaratory obligations, financial transparency, rules of conduct, management of conflicts of interest, gifts and other benefits, lobbying and other third party contacts, effective supervision etc). The process can be lengthy and cumbersome but the reforms are essential in the current context. The combination of efforts of international organisations and of domestic institutions and civil society is instrumental.

Is media the next democracy platform?, Poll Town, USA

“Is media the next democracy platform?” explores how we can reinvigorate public debate through smart polls placed in news stories and social media. At the core of the idea is the belief that public opinion can change how leaders do their jobs, and that better forms of collecting and presenting data brings people into the political sphere, and grows a more active and aware citizenry. Case studies from the USA, Vietnam and Australia will show how simple and shareable questions can engage the silent majority to have their say.