Digital Citizenship

Voting and surveys through digital identity and random sample voting

There is a deep and broad gap between citizens and governing bodies in the EU. It is therefore our aim to enable EU citizens to have a greater say in politics. ICT’s offer ways to make the EU a living democracy.

E-voting can intensify control of EU policies by citizens. Their authentication as voters can be ensured by a digital European identity established on the basis of blockchain technology. Random-Sample Voting (RSV) is one possible tool for cost-effective polling and participation.

We believe that people must take ownership of the EU. European digital identity and e-voting would allow us to develop more democratic co-responsibility in European politics and so become “sovereign” EU citizens.

Digital identity means that citizens have control over their own data, though it may build upon the national ID of the EU citizen respectively. It enhances European identity, it opens access to the e-voting systems at EU level and so facilitates active citizens’ participation in political processes.

We strive at developing a prototype for e-voting and e-polling based upon digital identity and RSV to be tested in a commune in Germany. For example of the Ruhr region to which our partner Düsseldorfer Institut für Internet und Demokratie (DIID) has already established contacts and experiences on online participation. With Random-Sample-Voting created by David Chaums and his team and the digital identity solution provided by Procivis AG we combine two existing technologies to create a secure, private, easy-to-use and inclusive system that fosters European citizens’ participation in European political processes.

We are supported by a broad network of partners from academia, business and civil society. In addition to the Swiss Procivis AG and the RSV working group, this includes the Düsseldorfer Institut für Internet und Demokratie (DIID), the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), the Institut de Recherche Informatique Fondamentale (IRIF) in Paris and the NGO The Humanized Internet (THI).

The project is funded as a winning project by the Mercator Foundation’s Advocate Europe ideas competition 2018 and HIIG’s own funds.

Duration09/2018 – 08/2019
SupporterAdvocate Europe
PartnersWZB Berlin Social Science Center, The Humanized Internet (THI), Düsseldorf Institute for Internet und Democracy (DIID), Random-Sample-Working-Group, Institut de Recherche Informatique Fondamentale and Procivis AG


Research Team
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Other publications

Tsakiliotis, K. (2018). Report of the Workshop on Digital Identity, Global Citizenship and the Future of Democracy. Publication details

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