D-CENT Project

Decentralised Citizens Engagement Technologies (D-CENT)

Period: October 2013 – May 2016

Source of funding: European Commission “FP7-UE”

Project reference: Proposal number 610349 (FP7-ICT-2013-10)

Partners: Nesta (United Kingdom), Citizens Foundation (Iceland), CNRS ‐ Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (France), Dyne.org (The Netherlands), Forum Virium Helsinki (Finland), International Modern Media Institute (Iceland), Open Knowledge Foundation (United Kingdom), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), Eurecat (Spain), ThoughtWorks (United Kingdom), World Wide Web Consortium (France).

Principal investigator: Francesca Bria (Nesta)

Description: The D-CENT project will accelerate innovation in the use of the Internet to help communities share data and collaborate to solve problems and address major societal challenges, focusing on new tools for democratic engagement and economic empowerment. It brings together world-class technological designers, communities, and leading academics, through practical experiments and research.

D-CENT will develop an easy-to-use, open, modular and decentralised platform for large scale collaboration and collective awareness based on integrating already successful open-source code bases with a large number of citizen groups across Europe. D-CENT will provide the building blocks for a more decentralised web and a truly direct democracy, including a radical approach to scaling, extending and connecting community-based currencies.