What we do in summary
We explore the democratic potential of technology
Digitally networked technologies bring new opportunities for civil society: Citizens can exercise their rights more easily and obtain better information about what the government is doing.
We promote fact-based political discourse. We develop software, provide infrastructure and promote open source projects. We experiment and offer a field of experimentation for others.
We promote open knowledge
In a democratic state, open knowledge is a prerequisite for participation. We strive for a world in which knowledge is freely available both online and offline. We give talks, run initiatives, and research the effects of open data..
Our projects and campaigns actively demonstrate how open knowledge strengthens democracy.
We connect people who work on projects for an open and just society
Over the past seven years, we have built a community in Germany with thousands of volunteers. We support labs in over 25 different cities, organize hackathons and conferences, and bring together representatives from politics and civil society in order to foster change.s
We strengthen digital literacy and the ethical use of technology
Only those who understand technology can help shape it. This is why we offer workshops on a wide variety of topics such as data literacy, open data and open education.