Exercising digital citizenship
to strengthen democracy
to strengthen democracy
This collaborative process brings together the social sector (community-based, social, and civic groups, along with emerging politicians, academic institutions, international and regional agencies, and experts in transparency, open data, technology and digital rights); the private sector (business leaders, entrepreneurs, technology companies, investment funds, multinational and national companies); the public sector (national and local government leaders and institutions, political elites, and political parties); digital and traditional media outlets and media associations
In the short term, promote and strengthen civic organizing that is collective, visible, and legitimate.
Foster new, digitally savvy models for leadership and mobilization.
In the medium term, create conditions that ensure the safe, free, and full exercise of citizenship (in online and offline spaces), guaranteeing the rights of
all people. Public and private institutions become more transparent and civil society increases its capacity to advocate for public policies to build more
inclusive, open, and fair societies.
In the long term, create quality public goods with the potential to improve citizens’ quality of life.
• Strengthen capacities and civic mechanisms for political action and citizen mobilization.
• Promote inclusive civic technology platforms in different contexts.
• Form and consolidate networks as safe spaces, characterized by horizontal structures and a cross-cutting perspective on issues, to share, learn, and collaborate.
• Use technology, data, and journalism to guarantee transparency in the public and private sectors.
• Consolidate a journalist network as a crucial element to understanding today’s democratic societies.
• Accelerate citizen mobilization and political action through a combination of offline and online strategies.
• Increase relationship building among diverse stakeholders to accelerate social change.
• Develop new skills to carry out advocacy from digital platforms.
Different networks were created to impact key issues in order to strengthen democracies and help build more open,fair, and egalitarian societies.
64 campaign teams in different countries across the region received training on specific topics related to political action.
In addition, two networks of women reflected on and debated the increasing participation of women in politics in the region, and 2 networks of diverse
leaders promoted innovative democratic practices.
A regional network was formed with 9 governments and more than 350 civil society organizations.
Over 5 media outlets from the region came together to discuss how to build open democracies in a digital world.