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Beyond a gadget for participation, how to bring civic tech to the next level ?

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If we think that civic tech(nology) was built as a set of methods and tools for citizens to gain back control in their political systems, how does it works in a multi-level system of governance?
Let’s take Europe for example; at the local, regional, national and supranational levels, a serie of public and private actors have the ability to participate and influence decision-making. Yet, we observe that the same ability for citizens, to participate and influence decision-making at each level of entry (local, regional, national, supranational) is uneven. Beyond the accessibility obstacles, the power being given is also uneven: participative processes at the local level, although direct, tend to deal mostly with urban planning while, at the supranational level, they tend to be advisory and, imbalanced by corporate lobbies influence.
Can civic technology overcome this democratic deficit and if so, to what extent? To what extent civic tech are able to empower citizens to gain back control from institutional decision-makers at every level of power?
Built on this problematic we have invited civic tech experts from around the world and, representing the different scales previously outlined; to inform us on the state of the art of civic tech and address the issues at hand.

***Au-delà d'un gadget participatif, comment porter les Civic Tech à l'étape d'après ?***

Si nous pensons au fait que les Civic Tech(nologies) sont un ensemble de méthodes et outils dont le but est de redonner aux citoyens le contrôle sur leurs systèmes politiques, cela peut-il marcher dans un système de gouvernances multi-niveaux ?
Prenons l’Europe pour exemple : aux échelles locale, régionale, nationale et supranationale, une série d’acteurs privés et publics ont la capacité à participer et à influencer la prise de décision. Pourtant, on observe que la même capacité chez les citoyens, à participer et influencer la prise de décision à chacune des échelles (locale, régionale, nationale et supranationale) n’est pas équitable. Au-delà des problèmes d’accessibilité, le pouvoir qui est donné n’est pas non plus équitable : les dispositifs participatifs à l’échelle locale, même directs, tendent à s’attacher principalement à l’organisation urbaine, tandis qu’à l’échelle supranationale, ils tendent à être gauchis du fait de l’influence des grands lobbies.
Les Civic Tech peuvent-elles surmonter cette insuffisance démocratique, et dans quelle mesure ? Dans quelle mesure les Civic Tech sont-elles capables de donner aux citoyens le pouvoir de reprendre aux institutions de prise de décision le contrôle à toutes les échelles du pouvoir ?
Appuyés sur cette problématique, nous avons réuni des experts des Civic Tech du monde entier, représentant les différentes échelles de pouvoir énoncées plus haut, afin de nous informer sur l’avancée et l’art des Civic Tech et de prendre en charge ces problèmes qui sont les nôtres.


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Lydia Aguirre Pereira

Chief Creative Officer, ReImagine Europa
Lydia Aguirre Pereira is Chief Creative Officer of ReImagine Europa, an incubator of political ideas to be launched later this year. For the last ten years she has worked mostly in digital initiatives as editor-in-chief of ElPais.com and REIsearch, a platform to share scientific... Read More →

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Amélie Banzet

Chargée de mission, Prime Minister's Office
Amélie Banzet is in charge of coordinating Open Government for Etalab, within the Prime minister’s and is the French point of contact of the Open Government Partnership. Etalab is part of the French Prime minister office, where it carries out radically innovative projects to improve... Read More →
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Gunnar Grimsson

Consultant & Propagator, Citizens Foundation & Better News
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Ed Maklouf

Writer, Project Designer, Gather
Ed Maklouf works in the citizen technology space, currently bringing democracy technology and citizen science to remote communities in Colombia. Since researching communities and voting systems at Stanford University, he has founded a mobile startup (Siine) that produces "Gather... Read More →
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Tiago Peixoto

Tiago is a Senior Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice. His activities focus on working with governments to develop solutions for better public policies and services. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tiago has managed projects and consulted... Read More →

Wednesday July 5, 2017 16:50 - 18:00 CEST
01. Circus