The ITHACA project partners plan to assess the ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance citizens´ participation in the local governance. For this purpose, two participatory workshops will be organized in the project pilot cities of Martin (Slovakia) and Brasov (Romania) in September 2023.
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The ITHACA consortium was currently preparing an online discussion with Representatives of Vulnerable Social Groups which took place on July 4th, 2023. This will be followed by two participatory Introductory Workshops with the Citizens’ Jury, which, will be carried out in the ITHACA pilot cities, Martin (Slovakia) and Brasov (Romania) in September 2023.
The aim of these activities is to facilitate the participation of all citizens in the co-design of the online democratic platform that it will be deployed and test in the municipalities of Brasov (Romania) and Martin (Slovakia). Given the Socially Vulnerable Groups’ Representatives expertise and their day-to-day interaction with socially vulnerable citizens they have very good knowledge of citizens´ particular needs and requirements when it comes to digital tools, inclusion and civic participation. Their contribution will be helpful to design a more inclusive platform.
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ITHACA plans to assess the ability of AI to enhance citizens’ participation in the local governance while preventing or minimizing possible adverse effects stemming from unregulated use of AI and empowering citizens with knowledge about the AI model involved through pilot activities in two EU countries (Romania and Slovakia).