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E-Participation - Authentication through democratic Online-Participation

Group of People Connection Digital Device Concept

E-Participation can be defined as the society's participation, based on ICT, in political decision-making processes. E-Participation allows to create user-friendly administrative processes with public participation. It also improves E-Services for the general public and further develops reciprocal interaction in multiple ways.

For the first time in Austria, this project offers a secure E-Participation-Eco-System that can be immediately applied. It can be used by multiple stakeholders on a national basis. Its architecture supports necessary security, privacy and data security aspects. Furthermore, it can also be used with already existing electornical identities. A substantial part of the project is its safe autentication process in order to gain and maintain the users' trust and reliability in online investment.  

Project Aims:

  • Strengthening of public participation in political decision-making
  • Increasing the popularity of electronic identities, e.g. considering the citizen card, as well as widely increasing user acceptance
  • Creating an architecture for E-Participation-Eco-Systems whilst considering safety and data security standards. Their models can be used in informal processes as well as in formal democratic instruments.
  • Identifying possible identification, authentication adn anonymisation processes for public participation
  • Analysing legal frameworks


  • Project start: October 2014
  • Project duration: 2 years
  • Funding: The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology within the Austrian Security Research Programme KIRAS.
  • Coordination: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
  • Partner: Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs, Danube University Krems, Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH, rubicon IT GmbH, University of Vienna - Rechtsinformatik