Innovative and Inclusive Democratic Spaces for Deliberation and Participation

iDEM project aims to break linguistic barriers and begin a new era of inclusive and participatory democratic spaces for marginalised communities by using Artificial Intelligence tools.

iDEM project will provide...

Analysis of language complexity barriers in participatory democratic spaces, to identify users' needs and the reasons behind their difficulties in understanding information on public matters.

Artificial Intelligence tools that simplify and make information more understandable to participate in democratic debates, these tools are aimed at people with communication difficulties or intellectual disabilities.

Develop and implement three use cases concerned with different languages, and its deliberative approach, engaging hard to reach groups and vulnerable populations, whilst considering a gender perspective.

Discover the use cases

In order to develop the new democratic spaces three use cases will be co-created and carried out in three cities with our partner organizations working for user groups rights, ONGs working with marginalized and vulnerable people, and government institutions committed to democracy and human rights.

News

People with intellectual disabilities share with iDEM the barriers they experience  when participating in democracy
People with intellectual disabilities share with iDEM the barriers they experience when participating in democracy

17/07/2024

July has been busy and exciting for iDEM as we have started our focus groups with people with intellectual disabilities in Italy and Spain. This process of co-creation ensures that the accessibility tools we are developing to break down language barriers truly adapt to different support needs and experiences. Language barriers, complex processes, and lack […]

How did iDEM advocate for accessibility during the European elections?
How did iDEM advocate for accessibility during the European elections?

12/06/2024

The campaign for the 2024 European elections started in May, and information about political parties and participation in democracy was available on different online platforms. As the European Disability Forum has shown, much of this information is not accessible to people with disabilities, as websites and the language used are not adapted to the needs […]

iDEM celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with an event in Barcelona
iDEM celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with an event in Barcelona

16/05/2024

Today, 16 May, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! iDEM is celebrating this important day by participating in the event held by the Accessibility Innovation Network of Catalonia in Barcelona. Horacio Saggion, professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and lead researcher for iDEM, is presenting our project and discussing text simplification technology to support people with intellectual […]

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The iDEM consortium is composed of research institutions, experts in text simplification, user organisations, citizens’ representatives, non-profit organisations and software developers who complement each other and forming an interdisciplinary team from five EU countries (Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Spain) and one non-EU country (UK). With its intersectional background, the iDEM consortium ensures the capability to achieve its objectives under the coordination of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

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