Internet Voting for Policy Proposals: Amplifying Open Government in Chile and Colombia




electronic voting, internet voting, open government, Chile, Colombia


This paper investigates the impact of internet voting for draft policy proposals in the framework of Open Government Partnership, on the whole ecosystem of open government in Chile and Colombia. The research objective is, to identify the impact of i-voting for policy proposals on voters, civil society organizations, government authorities and open government overall, taking into account public transparency, civic participation and public accountability. Methodologically, this international comparison of case studies has employed a mixed methods approach including the analysis of applied reports, legislation, social media and expert interviews. It was found that in Chile and Colombia, the i-voting for policy proposals helped bridge remote parts of the countries and thus, make democratic participation more inclusive. Ultimately, the non-binding consultative i-voting for draft open government policies in both countries empowered civil society, working in the open government domain to advocate sectoral policies to be introduced by the government.


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Author Biographies

Dmytro Khutkyy, University of Tartu

Dmytro Khutkyy works as a research fellow in digital governance at the University of Tartu in Estonia. He defended his PhD in Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and taught at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Afterward, he has accomplished fellowships in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States, studying patterns of democratic participation under contemporary global trends. He researches patterns of digital democracy and open governance worldwide.

Eduardo Astudillo Laureda, University of Tartu

Eduardo Astudillo Laureda studies in the MA program Politics and Governance in the Digital Age at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Earlier has received BA in Business Engineering and Business Administration Sciences from the University of Chile. Having a Chilean background, he speaks Spanish and English. His research interests include comparative politics and participatory governance.




How to Cite

Khutkyy, D., & Laureda, E. A. (2023). Internet Voting for Policy Proposals: Amplifying Open Government in Chile and Colombia. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 15(1), 48–72.