Transparency, participation and collaboration: Countries around the world are unlocking their data to enable new ways for citizens to understand and participate in official decision-making processes. Different methods, both physical and web based, from participatory budgeting to participatory urban planning are developed in order to engage people more. Some experiments have been more successful than others. In worst case participation may create pseudo democracy without any real impact on the outcomes. In best cases the participation leads to better decisions.
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