In the ever-evolving landscape of governance, understanding the impact of citizen participation and engagement has become a paramount question over the last few decades. Citizens play a pivotal role in shaping a more transparent, responsive, improved, and targeted governance. This article explores the intricate relationship between citizen engagement and governance, highlighting the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as enablers in this transformative process.

Citizen engagement can be broadly defined as individual or collective actions aimed at addressing public concerns and influencing governance. The integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) adds a layer of dynamism to this engagement, making it more accessible and effective. To achieve this, various tools have been proposed, each harnessing the characteristics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance citizen participation:

  1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    These systems utilize AI to improve the spatial understanding of issues, enhancing decision-making processes.
  2. Gamification in Cadastral Surveys
    By incorporating gamification elements into crowdsourced surveys, citizens are motivated to actively participate in addressing public concerns.
  3. Social Media for Self-Organization
    AI-driven algorithms on social media platforms facilitate self-organization among citizens, creating a collaborative approach to participatory processes.
  4. E-Participation and E-Governance
    Online platforms and services powered by AI enable citizens to engage with government processes more effectively and efficiently.

However, the implementation of these tools is not without challenges. AI technologies need to be human-centered, considering ethical, legal, transparent, cultural, inclusive, and governance aspects. Premature adoption of AI without these considerations can lead to adverse consequences, including the reinforcement of undesirable “promoted” rationality.

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