Participatory democracy and what developers can do to help
Even after the birth of the civil society, there has been a considerable gap between established governmental bureaucracy and the needs of the average citizen. Even though democratic mechanisms are in place to elect and dismiss decision-makers at the local level, voting once every four years can hardly be considered a sufficient method of feedback between residents and the politicians making decisions on their immediate surroundings.
The City of Helsinki is committed to opening as much data as possible related to the decision making inside the city. We're publishing information about the political decision makers, such as committees, the city board and the city council, and the non-political civil servant office holders. Currently we have decision data on about 300 office holders and about 50 political decision makers.