Digital Participatory Platforms for Civic Engagement: A New Way of Participating in Society?: Analysis of Case Studies in Four EU Countries

Digital Participatory Platforms for Civic Engagement: A New Way of Participating in Society?: Analysis of Case Studies in Four EU Countries

Francesca De Filippi (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy), Cristina Coscia (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy), Grazia Giulia Cocina (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy), Giulia Lazzari (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy) and Stefania Manzo (Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/IJUPSC.2020010101

Abstract

The article is focused on the digital participatory platforms (DPPs) as a tool to enhance civic engagement through dialogue and interaction with the Public Administration and to reduce Digital Divide. To this end, the article presents the objectives and the outcomes of “My Smart Quartier,” a project funded within the ERASMUS + 2017 Program, in which the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) of the Politecnico di Torino participates with a consortium of European partners. The aim of this project is the setting up and testing strategies and actions to reduce digital illiteracy and increase citizen participation. Best practices from the project partner countries (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal) are selected and analyzed in order to understand if they can constitute innovative ways of participation and civic engagement. Specifically, the article identifies some parameters and indicators that can be used to bring out key success factors of digital participatory platforms.
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Background

The topic of Digital Participatory Platforms for Civic Engagement is closely linked to the use of new technologies to support social inclusion actions (Silva, 2010, 2012; Saad-Sulonen, 2012). The relevance of this issue is demonstrated by the attention given by international organizations over the last 20 years. Below is a quick overview of the policy and the regulatory framework of reference at European level in which the use of DPP is placed.

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