in the First IN3/UOC Interdisciplinary Seminar in the First IN3/UOC Interdisciplinary Seminar

Today has been celebrated the first session of the series IN3 Interdisciplinary Seminars, which aim to promote team building and exchanges between IN3/ UOC research groups. During the session, Arnau Monterde and Antonio Calleja from Communication Networks & Social Change (CNSC) research group presented Decidim.Barcelona, the Barcelona’s participatory democracy platform.

Arnau Monterde explained that the project was born in a context of crisis but also of revaluation of democratic participation. Actually, Decidim is a digital common’s infrastructure for participatory democracy build in open source that aims to empower citizens and facilitate large-scale digital democracy and data sovereignty for citizens through. It hosts participatory processes, government strategic planning, citizen initiatives and other (self)governance services.

Decidim.Barcelona is the biggest free/open software project of Barcelona City Council, a prototype for public funded, sovereign and participatory digital infrastructures. It is also an open and collaborative community of citizens, public administrations, small and medium enterprises and other organizations such as NGOs, volunteer associations, universities and research centres: Meta.Decidim.

Besides, David Megías and Helena Rifà from the K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON) group, presented SmartGlacis project. SmartGlacis project is about Security and Privacy Technologies for smart cities technologies to guarantee security and privacy in smart cities. Specifically, KISON/IN3 group leads the subproject SmartGlacis/Citizen, which focuses in the citizen participation scenario, comprising three main participation areas: emergency reporting, user-generated content distribution and electronic voting and polling systems. One of the main task will to design and to implement e-voting systems for unsupervised environments and adapted for use in lightweight devices.