The internet vs democratic deficit

Can policy making become more like Wikipedia?

Everywhere on the planet elected representatives, public servants and civic hackers from the civil society are experimenting new forms of collaboration between citizens and institutions. Enabled by Internet technology and relying on complex, emergent sets of social norms, these experiments are meant to mobilize the staggering wealth of competence, idealism and intellectual firepower of modern societies to make governance smarter, faster, better and cheaper.

The challenge is to compose the myriad different contributions into a coherent decision – just like 32 million Wikipedians, each working on only one or a few articles, give rise to the coherence of Wikipedia itself. This endeavour is especially relevant to European institutions, who deal with large numbers and great diversity of citizens – therefore, great potential for collaboration – but are prevented by physical distance and by this very same scale to engage them at the individual level by traditional participation means. This workshop is aimed at looking at the state of the art of Internet-enabled open collaboration between citizens and institutions from a European perspective. A recently launched joint Council of Europe-European Commision project, Edgeryders, will be presented to get the discussion started. MEPs and the community of practitioners developing innovative collaborative policy and participation tools are warmly invited to join.

European Parliament, November 29th, 18h00 – room 3H1


Welcome speech by
, EP Vice-President responsible for Communication

Introduction by
Gianni PITTELLA, EP Vice-President, President of the Association “Prima Persona”


Gilda FARRELL and Alberto COTTICA, Council of Europe
“Edgeryders: exploring the emergent world European youth live in”

“MEP 2.0: how social networks help the work of a European politician”

“The Connecting Europe pilot project”

Jaume DUCH, Media Director and EP spokesman
“The European Parliament on social media”

“e-government best practices in Portugal”

Mario CAMPOLARGO, European Commission, Director of Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures
“The Collective Awareness action: global participation as a tool for societal change”

Jamal SHAHIN, Postdoctoral Fellow, VU Brussel and Asst. Lecturer, University of Amsterdam
“Promises, and pitfalls: problematising eParticipation in the EU”

Interpretation will be provided in EN-IT-FR

As places are limited, please confirm your participation by sending an email to by November 25th. If you require an access badge to the EP, please indicate your first and last name, date of birthday and ID number.

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