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The Decidim philosophy, a social contract
The Decidim Social Contract, a foundational text
The Charter promoting democratic guarantees and open collaboration. This text is the social contract that all the members of the Decidim project commit to honour and respect.
The use and development of the Decidim platform, by any institution or group of any kind, implies full agreement and commitment to this Social Contract.
Open source software and open content
The code of the platform, as well as that of the modules, software libraries or any other code developed for its operation and deployment will always be free and open source software, under the Affero GPLv3 licence or a more recent version [https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.en.html] when the code is new, and under a compatible licence with the one mentioned above when the code is reused.
Likewise, the content, data, APIs and/or any other interface deployed for the purpose of interaction with any type of user must follow open and interoperable standards (e.g. OpenID, RSS, Ostatus, etc.), always with the aim of compatibility with the most widely used open standards.
In order to ensure transparency and citizen collaboration in participatory processes, content, text, graphics, fonts, audio, video, or other design elements will be published under a Creative Commons By-SA license [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode].
The data available on the platform, especially any data that can be collected systematically using scrappers or other mass consultation techniques, will be published under an Open Data Commons Open Database License [http://opendatacommons.org/licenses/odbl], in standardised and accessible formats (such as CSV, JSON, etc.) and, as soon as possible, with tools that facilitate data analysis and visualisation.
Transparency, traceability and integrity
The platform in its current and future configurations, development, deployment and use, must necessarily ensure and optimise the transparency, traceability and integrity of documents, proposals, debates, decisions and any other participatory object, mechanism or process.
By transparency we mean that any data related to these participatory processes and mechanisms may be downloaded, analysed and processed, always using the common standards and formats for sharing information (accessibility, multi-format, etc.).
The principle of transparency is a necessary condition for the control of the participatory mechanisms and processes, but it must not be extended to the processing of personal data or threaten the privacy of the platform participants.
We define traceability as the ability to easily (and in detail) access the history (past and future) of the development of proposals, plans, regulations or any other object of participation or decision included in a mechanism or process. The platform must at all times show how, why, by whom and with what guarantees an element of a participatory process was rejected, approved or blocked.
By integrity we mean that the authenticity of specific content is upheld, assuring that it has not been manipulated or altered without this modification having been clearly recorded and remaining visible and accessible. The requirement of integrity amounts to the non-manipulation of the proposals and results of participatory processes or mechanisms.
Equal opportunity and qualitative indicators
In conjunction with the guidelines defined above, the platform should provide equal opportunity for everyone, both in terms of proposals and any other contributions to the platform. The platform offers equal opportunities for participation in all processes (proposals, debates, etc.): anyone can see them, discuss them, comment on them, evaluate them, and assess them, without any kind of discrimination. The digital identity of platform users will always be personal and non-transferable. There will also be a single verification process that confers decision-making rights on the platform. This will be under the responsibility of the platform’s administrative entity in order to prevent the impersonation of a person or entity.
The platform must promote, with the aim of ensuring its democratic nature, the use of qualitative indicators developed on the basis of data obtained through the different participatory processes and mechanisms and user activity. The choice of indicators will be displayed when sharing the settings of different modules as well as open data.
The confidentiality and privacy of personal data provided by individuals in order to participate in any of the features and/or participatory opportunities that the platform offers must be guaranteed at all times. Under no circumstances shall personal data be transmitted to a third party. Personal data will not be used more than is strictly necessary in the context of user registration and improvements to navigation on the platform.
As soon as the technology of the platform makes it possible, political preferences or opinions expressed during the decision-making process shall remain inaccessible to the administrator of the platform or the server(s) hosting it.
Responsibility and accountability
All requests and contributions should be responded to as quickly as possible as part of the commitment to citizens. Monitoring the results of participatory processes and responding to those who request them is also essential. Finally, the use of indicators should be studied to monitor the participatory process once it has been completed, in order to systematically evaluate how it has unfolded.
Continuous improvement and inter-institutional collaboration
Periodic evaluation mechanisms will be put in place to facilitate the improvement of the platform.
Priority will be given to the collaboration and exchange of experiences between the institutions included in the project, with the aim of improving, repairing, and building new developments to continuously improve the platform.
In order to achieve this, a network of collaboration will be fostered for the development of improvements that aims to benefit the whole platform, allowing for coordination between different actors when necessary.
Terms and conditions of use
Each organisation that uses Decidim in its services must reproduce all the points of this charter, without exception, in the text of the licence agreement established with its users.