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Digital competence and democracy

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Digital competence has become a key competence in our daily life in the Nordic countries. And it is more than that. Digital competence can open roads to more democracy and makes new arenas for active citizenship. In a Nordplus project, Dldact, we have selected many good examples of how people in different countries have taken opportunities of digital tools to involve people in social activities and democratic processes. It is amazing how digital competence generates active citizenship.

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Hyvä kasvaa Järvenpäässä

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Marja Nousiainen, one of the founders and activists in the movement tells us on the video how they are using free online tools to organize the action, inspire the participants and make their work more visible to the authorities and fellow citizens. She says that using the new technology is not a question of age but a question of will. When people see how the online applications make active citizens’ lives easier, they are willing to learn to use them.

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Tahdon2013

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There’s a new law in Finland according to which a citizens’ proposal can be submitted to and has to be processed in Parliament if it has at least 50,000 supporters i.e. signatures. Open ministry (Avoin ministeriö in Finnish) provides an online platform to help the campaign and collect signatures to support the idea.

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