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The Project

The Project

Algorithms, Data & Democracy (the ADD-project) is a 10-year (2021-2031) interdisciplinary research and outreach project. The project aims to advance digital democracy, envisioning a society in which flourishing organizations, businesses, and democratic institutions are supported by digital technologies and in which technological developments are attuned to the good of people and planet. A society where citizens are well-equipped to evaluate the technological developments and their influence on everyday life and where citizens are able to influence these developments through participation in democratic discourse.  

To realize this vision, we focus on the interrelations of sociotechnical developments and re-frame algorithms as part of the answer to current concerns regarding the datafication of democratic societies. Thus, the ADD-project addresses one central concern: How may the algorithmic organization of data engage, enlighten, and empower individuals, organizations, and institutions in democratically legitimate ways?