LATINNO joins Liquid Democracy's summer party in Berlin
Have you ever heard of "Liquid Democracy"? What if we participated in political decisions by digital means? The think&do-tank at Liquid Democracy in Berlin has pioneered the development of a new digital participatory decision-making platform, Adhocracy: an open-source software providing citizens with civic participation tools. Latin America is following the example, and digital innovations are in expansion in the continent. So far, LATINNO database has assessed 190 digital innovations from 15 countries.
Today LATINNO's coordinator Thamy Pogrebinschi will talk about "Digital Participation and Democracy in Latin America" as part of the Liquid Democracy's summer party in Berlin. Soon more on digital innovations for democracy in our website!
LATINNO is the first comprehensive and systematic source of data on new forms of citizen participation evolved in Latin America – the so-called democratic innovations. LATINNO assumes that citizen participation has become an important means to improve the quality of democracy in Latin America. Thousands of new institutional designs have been created in the last years aiming not only to include more citizens in the political process, but also to – through citizen participation – make governments more responsive and institutions more accountable, in addition to strengthen the rule of law, and promote social equality.
LATINNO collects data on democratic innovations evolved in 20 countries of Latin America between 1990 and 2015. The data is coded for 42 variables related to the context, institutional design, and impact of each innovation. Along with the quantitative data, qualitative information on each case is also gathered and assessed. This rich content will be analyzed in policy briefs and academic papers. The LATINNO Dataset will be uploaded in this website before its launching in an international conference at the WZB Berlin in February 2017.
The countries covered by LATINNO are: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.