Social Contract

Code of democratic guarantees

This document defines the principles that all members of the Decidim project (individual, collective or institutional) are committed to follow. 1. Decidim will always remain free and open to collaboration, without legal or technical obstacles for the use, copy and modification. To ensure this we use a set of free licenses for the code, the content (text, images, design, etc.) and data. This means that Decidim will always remain auditable, collaborable, transparent, appropriable and trustworthy, all of which is fundamental for a democratic infrastructure. 2. The content of participation will always remain transparent, traceable and integral. This means that all the content must be accessible and downloadable, it should always be known what happens with each proposal, its origin, in which result or decision is was incorporated or why it was rejected or left behind, and the content needs to be displayed without been manipulated, any modification (if required) must be registered and be accessible and auditable. 3. Equal opportunities: “The platform will offer equal starting opportunities to all participatory objects (proposals, debates, etc.) for them to be viewed, discussed, commented, evaluated or treated without discrimination of any kind” (direct quote from the contract). 4. Participants must retain privacy of their personal data combined with verification of their democratic rights. 5. Democratic quality and guarantees: the platform must guarantee the democratic quality, the non-discrimination and equal opportunities for each participant and proposal. 6. Inclusiveness and multilayerness: the platform must comply with accessibility standards, its use must favour the integration of online and offline participation and organizations must deploy the means for mediation and training of participants.

Metadata

Title

Social Contract

Subtitle

Code of democratic guarantees

Version

0.1

Authors

Decidim Team

Contributors

Carol Romero, Arnau Monterde, Andrés Lucena, Antonio Calleja, Pablo Aragón and Xabier E. Barandiaran.

Summary

This document defines the principles that all members of the Decidim project (individual, collective or institutional) are committed to follow. 1. Decidim will always remain free and open to collaboration, without legal or technical obstacles for the use, copy and modification. To ensure this we use a set of free licenses for the code, the content (text, images, design, etc.) and data. This means that Decidim will always remain auditable, collaborable, transparent, appropriable and trustworthy, all of which is fundamental for a democratic infrastructure. 2. The content of participation will always remain transparent, traceable and integral. This means that all the content must be accessible and downloadable, it should always be known what happens with each proposal, its origin, in which result or decision is was incorporated or why it was rejected or left behind, and the content needs to be displayed without been manipulated, any modification (if required) must be registered and be accessible and auditable. 3. Equal opportunities: “The platform will offer equal starting opportunities to all participatory objects (proposals, debates, etc.) for them to be viewed, discussed, commented, evaluated or treated without discrimination of any kind” (direct quote from the contract). 4. Participants must retain privacy of their personal data combined with verification of their democratic rights. 5. Democratic quality and guarantees: the platform must guarantee the democratic quality, the non-discrimination and equal opportunities for each participant and proposal. 6. Inclusiveness and multilayerness: the platform must comply with accessibility standards, its use must favour the integration of online and offline participation and organizations must deploy the means for mediation and training of participants.

Keywords

social contract, Decidim, participatory democracy, free software.

Document history

The core of this document was first prepared as the content of the inter-institutional agreement that Barcelona City Council signed with Localret consortia of Catalan city councils on February the 1st 2017. On that day the following city council endorsed the agreement: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Terrassa, Sabadell, Badalona, Gavà and Sant Cugat del Vallès. The original title of this first agreement was "Code of democratic guarantees and open collaboration". It was latter simply called "social contract" and extended to public contracts with service providers and developers of the platform and the to the Decidim community as a whole.

How to cite

Decidim Team, 2019, Social Contract

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