E-democracy or eDemocracy is an eation of the words electronic and democracy, also known as digital democracy or Internet democracy, incorporates 21st-century information and communications technology to promote democracy. 


In this project we sketch a picture of the dilemmas that digitisation entails within public administration and the effect this has on society.


Two pilots are being developed and tested in the Netherlands that make use of 'attribute-based credentials'. What are these?


Paris has a digital participation platform called Budget Participatif. Access to the platform is simple. But is this user-friendliness desirable?


In the Digital Democracy Lab, the possibilities for strengthening democracy are investigated by applying new digital participation tools to Dutch municipalities.


The project 'Let's Connect' has won the Dutch ISOC Innovation Award 2018. According to the jury this is a much needed technical innovation that potentially can have a large societal impact.


The project ‘E-participation tools in The Netherlands’ aimed to enhance the participation of citizens in The Netherlands.



Beta-lab Soest

In Beta-lab Soest we research the possibilities to make complex legislation accessible online in a simple way.


Thanks to an amendment by Reinder Rustema (of petities.nl), the concept election programme of the Dutch political party D66 now contains an adapted paragraph about the new (Dutch and European) electronic identity (eID). This is important to every citizen, as the new eID will replace the current identity system (DigID) in the coming years.


The first Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) in Ukraine was organized by TechSoup Europe, Fundament and the Civil Network OPORA.


Research into openness and transparency in digital government services to increase trust and become more effective.


In Gdansk, ‘the city of freedom’, is not just a hollow catchphrase. More than 35 years ago this city was the birthplace of the shipyard trade union that grew out to be an important Soviet dissident: the Solidarity Movement led by Lech Walęsa. Supported by the CIA, Walęsa became the first post-Soviet president in a free Poland.


The presence of publicist and Internet sceptic, Evgeny Morozov, was just one of the reasons why the Theatrum Anatonicum was filled to the brim last week. The European project D-Cent, Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies, and the refreshing views of Francesca Bria provided the audience with inspiring perspectives on the use of technology for societal and democratic goals. The event was truly at the core of Waag’s topics and beliefs.


Transparent Netherlands wanted to contribute to our democracy by making it more defensible and improving the information position of citizens.


Forms of Today's Futures was a programme series about how we can map contemporary power structures in our society.


The Dutch contitution needs an update. It is clearly outdated on a number of items (anyone still using the telegraph?).


On Saturday 8 September, Apps for Democracy took place at the Dutch House of Representatives in The Hague. Organized by the House itself, the Open State Foundation and Netwerk Democratie, a select group of makers and thinkers discussed the way that Open Data can contribute to break up policy processes and empower the democracy. Direct reason was the (enhanced) version of the Parlis system, that opens up the documents circulating in parliament. On invitation of Gerdi Verbeet, new applications were made at the spot that can contribute to the transparancy of the parliament.


On 11 April 2012, the Dutch conference ‘Een parlement met 17,6 miljoen zetels – De burger aan de macht in 2020’ took place about technological developments and how the internet and social media are changing the playing field between institutions and citizens. Read the blogpost in Dutch.


With the project Architect-toon! (Architect-show!) children can design their own buildings or objects for their neighborhood. They do this in collaboration with architects and landscape designers.