iDEM – Innovative and Inclusive Democratic Spaces for Deliberation and Participation

Citizen participation
Institutional accountability

Objective of the project

We want to improve groups with linguistic and cognitive barriers in decision-making processes by providing impartial and inclusive services, based on technology developed through artificial intelligence.

Abstract of the project

iDEM will lay the theoretical foundations for the analysis of current marginalisation from deliberative processes of diverse under-represented groups due to language skills and propose, implement, and evaluate inclusive deliberative and participatory spaces. It will adopt a user-centred approach for making participatory processes more accessible and inclusive, developing advanced natural language processing technologies and artificial intelligence to empower under-represented groups with tools to facilitate communication and dialog in democratic spaces.

Context analysis

Deliberative and participatory processes currently lack full legitimacy due to the exclusion and marginalisation of several vulnerable communities from democratic spaces. Persons with language comprehension difficulties, intellectual or psychosocial disabilities (around six million individuals in the EU and over 90 million people globally) are currently excluded from deliberative and participatory political processes, democratic participation in civic platforms and the Web, due to the language used by policy makers and institutions. This is particularly acute at local and EU level to address its democratic deficit, as a recent extensive study found that the European Commission’s public communications since 1985 use “overly complex language, specialized jargon, and a nominal style that obfuscates political action.

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

Barcellona (Spagna), Madrid (Spagna), Bologna (Italia)

Implementation Period

01/01/2024 - 31/12/2026



  • 100 people


  • 6 million people
  • Policy and decision makers

Project Strategy


  • Building theoretical foundations: power structures, inequalities, intersectionality in deliberative and participatory democratic spaces;
  • Analysing language complexity barriers and language exclusion phenomena in deliberative and participatory democratic spaces;
  • Researching, developing and delivering text simplification system and services;
  • Promoting User engagement, piloting and monitoring innovative deliberative and participatory processes;
  • Disseminating, communicating and exploitering of technology, solutions and concepts.


  • Reports about participation and languages barriers;
  • Multilingual text simplification tool, a computational system about text generation assistant;
  • Integrated platform and API;
  • Pilot with target people implemented;


iDEM will co-create the next-generation multilingual models aimed at:

  • detecting possible sources of problems in understanding messages and biases for several European languages and audiences;
  • automatically adapting texts in three languages (Spanish, Italian and Catalan) to be accessible and unbiased for these audiences;
  • providing AI tools for enhancing the controllable generation of messages and discourses.

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