12. Politics & Administration

Digitalization strengthens democracy and improves societal decisions

Desirable Future

The digital technologies are used in as many places as possible, taking data protection and accessibility into account: Citizens have online access to government services and information. With digitalization, the administration simplifies its internal processes; it links and uses more and more data to simulate future developments, prepare decisions transparently and measure their impact. Local diversity and experimental spaces are valued and encouraged - and at the same time fruitful cooperation between the various levels of government, from local to global, is lived. [References to all other topics]

Specific Projects

Open Government

Makes the work of politics, government, administration, and justice more open, transparent, participative and cooperative.

Liquid Democracy

For a democratic culture, in which participation is a matter of course for everyone.

Open Petition

Free and non-profit platform on which citizens can make a common concern public.

Kommunale Digitallotsen (Municipal Digital Guides)

Encourage administrative staff to become enthusiastic about digitalization and connect with other municipalities.

Frag den Staat (Ask the State)

Portal for freedom of information

Ethical Digital Standards

Digital policy for cities that focus on people and want more open, transparent and collaborative governance.

Recommendations for Action

  • Individual: Inform yourself, take an interest, contribute.
  • Politicians/administration: Strengthen digital literacy, utilize participation.
  • Press: Free and critical reporting.
  • Companies: Transparent commitment to the common good.

Suitable Indicators

  • Percentage of people aged 16 to 74 who have used the Internet in the last 3 months to participate in consultations or votes on citizens' affairs or policy issues: DE 12% (2016; IS 26%)
  • Country maturity index for open data [scale 0 to 1]: DE 0.64 (2018; IE 0.88)
  • How satisfied are you with the digital offers of your city administration? -5 to +5

The four
Key Statements (German)

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