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Digital technology is profoundly changing the way we live and work. Shouldn’t it change the way we do politics, too?

Citizens across Europe feel increasingly disconnected from the political class. Voter turnout in many recent elections has been at an all time low, indicating disillusionment and a lack of trust in the political process. The digital revolution is changing our societies at an unprecedented rate. Over the past years, we have witnessed the rise of completely new markets, business models and technologies, from crowdfunding to the sharing economy and driverless cars.

Policymakers need to react fast without stifling innovation – but traditional, offline methods make it difficult to keep up with the pace of technological change.

This briefing provides an overview of how digital tools can transform the policy process to become more timely, inclusive, data-driven and user-focused.