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Citizen OS

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Citizen OS
Available in10 languages: Estonian, English, Finnish, Russian, French, Indonesian, German, Spanish, Ukrainian, Macedonian.
FoundedJanuary 27, 2014; 10 years ago (2014-01-27) in Tallinn, Estonia
Area servedThe whole planet.
  • E-decision-making platform
UsersIncrease 80.000 (March 2019)
Current statusActive
Written inJavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, HTML

Citizen OS is an open source social enterprise. Its main product is a collaborative online decision-making platform, which enables participative policymaking, discussion and voting on all kinds of topics for citizens.[1] It was launched in January 2014 with the help of Teeme Ära SA, Open Estonia Foundation, Estonian Debating Society, Estonian Cooperation Assembly and other private supporters and advisers.[2] The first version opened for users on September 28, 2015.

The platform is available on GitHub[3] in 10 languages and uses the Apache 2.0 license.[1] The Citizen OS open source code was used to set up the Estonian citizens initiatives platform[4] ("The People's Initiative"), where petitions can be started, votes can be collected and sent to the Parliament.[5]


Citizen OS is designed to be used especially in situations where people cannot come together physically into one room at the same time to discuss and vote on important topics. There are several features on the platform:[1]

  1. Everyone can create both public and private discussion topics. Public issues, which can be read and commented on by anyone, are primarily meant for discussing changes in society. Private discussions can be created by adding selected members via email addresses.
  2. To conduct a discussion a user can upload a document to the platform or write the proposal as text. Each participant can add pro- and counter-arguments to the proposal, comment, offer alternatives and adjust the wording.
  3. Proposals can be decided upon. A user can vote with both a social media account and a digital signature. It is possible to choose from several voting options. It is also possible to delegate the vote to another user.
  4. Decisions can be properly formatted. Citizen OS does not allow anonymous commenting or voting - each user is identifiable via the Citizen OS account, social media account, Smart-ID, ID card or Mobile ID. The results of the voting system provide both a statistical overview, a graphical summary and a digitally signed container for all voters.
  5. Follow the progress of the decisions made. The decision-makers will be able to make inquiries, receive updates and send the signed documents to other bodies, such as a commercial register, local or national governments, ministries, etc., after the end of voting.


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