E-Democracy – Technical possibilities of the use of electronic voting and other Internet tools in European elections

  • Project team:

    Hennen, Leonhard

  • Funding:

    STOA (The Science Technology Options Assessment Panel of the European Parliament)

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  • Project partners:

    Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) (project leader),
    Institute of Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ITA),
    Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

  • Research group:

    Socio-Technical Futures and Policies

Project description

The project will deal with the potential of Internet-based applications to improve political participation and the quality of democratic decision-making at the European level. To this end, the role of new media technologies in creating a European public sphere will be investigated. A major focus of the project will be the formal opportunities for European citizens to participate at the European level by the means of Internet-based applications, including e-voting solutions. Good practice examples of e-participation activities of the member states will provide a useful basis for recommendations for European decision-makers.

The findings of the project will be discussed with experts and MEPs in two workshops.


Book Chapters
Aichholzer, R., G.
European E-Democracy in Practice
2020. (L. Hennen, I. van Keulen, I. Korthagen, Lindner & R. Ø. Nielsen, Eds.), Springer 
Weber, A.
Public processes for securing the internet
2012. 5th Internat.Conf.on Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP), Bruxelles, January 25-27, 2012 


Dr. Leonhard Hennen
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe