Democracy and participation, Education, Digital politics

European election compass

Creators

Who is behind this?

Nataliia Sokolovska

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

http://www.hiig.de

Germany

Idea Sketch

Idea

Idea pitch

The European election compass is a handy online application that helps to find relevant information on digital topics in party programs. It will take only several clicks to read though hundreds of pages. Just chose a key word - i.e. digital single market, data protection - find out what parties have to say on this and compare with others.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Our tool makes the campaign more transparent on digital topics. Digitization is a societal challenge, a chance for the EU. We foster informed decision-making, citizens can engage with party programs as primary sources of information and are less exposed to misinterpretations from secondary sources.

What is your impact?

A year from now, Europeans will be able to inform themselves easily on any party program and vote well-informed. The software exists in a preliminary version and can easily be adapted in other countries to make the national campaigns more transparent.

How do you get there?

Our research team provides an in-depth qualitative content-analysis of party programs. We profit from in-house experts on digital topics. With the online tool, we offer an innovative method to navigate through the contents with low-effort. The software can be adapted in other countries. What makes us different, is that our tool does not give recommendations whom to vote for; it helps citizens to form their opinions on their own.

What is your story?

The HIIG-team is keen to create innovative and research-based solutions to foster democratic decision-making. During the German election, we already created an online tool that has been widely used by citizens. We believe that we can offer a similar service for the EU public.

Who are you doing it for?

Our main target group are Europeans that are eligible to vote. At the same time, the European election compass is a reliable source for journalists and other representatives of the civil society who want to inform themselves on political parties’ positions before the European election.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We look forward to finding partners that are keen to adapt this project in their countries and make national campaigns more transparent. Also, we'd like to cooperate with others who are working on initiatives to provide a higher turnout in the European election.

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