Enquete-Kommission “Internet und digitale Gesellschaft”

Collaborative text, discourse, delegation and coordination tool designed for constructive collaboration and decision-making with many participants.

Type of content: Assets
Type of asset:
Use case
Big data potential
Policy domains: Urban Planning & Transport
Phase in the policy cycle:
Policy Design and Analysis
Open license availability
Tags: E-Governance Cooperative work
SWOT Analysis for
Enquete-Kommission “Internet und digitale Gesellschaft”
Helpful Harmful
Strengths• Simple registration just press a button to join the desired group and participate in the discussions.
• Ability to create groups
• Verification prosses: organizations, parties, companies, NGOs or other interest groups can have their authenticity verified. This means that a verification process confirms that a users’ profile represents the organization specified.
• Officially confirmed organizations receive a corresponding badge, which confirms their authenticity on the platform and makes it visible to all visitors.
• Organizations and communities of interest can involve their members and all interested citizens in their work and discussions in order to use new ways of democratic participation and co-decision.
• Gives all citizens the chance to actively share their views and ideas, discuss them and help shape decisions.
• Designed to be as efficient, open and accessible as possible to ensure they can be used by a variety of users at any given time.
Weaknesses• Comment tools of social media platforms are not conducive to deliberative dialogue.
• Slow-paced formation of the local communities of interest
• Cultural shift of the public administration
Opportunities• Democratic decision-making needs to be more flexible, dynamic and transparent.
• Advantages of civic engagement through online participation.
• Democracy in its current form would benefit from increased flexibility and greater opportunities for direct engagement in the political process
Threats• Equality of access: A major reason people do not use the Internet— even when they have access—is cost. If political participation is a right, and the Internet is required to participate, it follows that Internet access for that purpose should also be a right
• Exclude some populations, like the elderly or lower class, from participating in the process, since they are not using social media networks (or using them to a lesser extent or for different purposes).
• Privacy of communication, including accessible encryption, must be available. There must be ways to verify the accuracy of information and solutions to the problem of fake news.

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