National elections

The original Waaromkiesjij.nl interface for the Dutch elections

The original Waaromkiesjij.nl interface for the Dutch elections

Digital technology to break the filterbubble

Working together with third-party operators, the Vox Pop Foundation helped launch digital platforms in the Netherlands (general elections 2017) Germany (general elections 2017), Hungary (general elections 2018) and Catalonia (regional elections 2018).

With our German partners Diskutir Mit Mir we developed a 2.0 version, first launched in the German regional elections of 2018. The next country to launch the application is Sweden under the name Sverige Pratar.

The election application is based on anonymous online discussions between political opponents. By choosing your party of preference our algorithm matches you with someone of different political taste. In-chat you will respond to thought-provoking statements and discuss your differences. With one click you can switch both statements and discussion partners. This dynamic enables the user to break the filter bubble effectively and engage in meaningful debate.

 

The original Diskutir Mit Mir promotional video

 

European elections

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Introducing Talking europe - coming april 1st 2019

Talking Europe is a pan-European initiative connecting people with opposing political views across Europe. In 1:1 chats citizens engage in meaningful online conversations about European topics ahead of the EU elections in 2019. The matching algorithm finds a discussant from across the aisle. Modern translation tools ensure real-time translation of the chats and enable discussants to participate in their mother tongue.

Talking Europe bursts filter bubbles and promotes democratic dialogue throughout Europe!

Talking Europe is a network of politically neutral non-profit organizations, institutions and initiatives from all over Europe. Together, we promote European democracy and boost pan-European political dialogue.

The platform will be available in at least seven European languages before the European Elections. In every country, Talking Europe wants to attract citizens via one pan-european campaign and coordinated national campaigns.

After the European elections, Talking Europe has the ambition to become a network of stand-alone national platforms connected to a joint pan-European platform. So far, national discussion platforms have been launched in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, by using the free-to-use source code.

Visit Talking Europe’s website here and read more about this innovative project.

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