My Senate is mechanism of digital participation promoted by the Colombian Congress with the objective of knowing the opinion of the citizens on the bills that are discussed. This app can be downloaded in smartphones. It was implemented within the framework of the commitments of the Open and Transparent Congress Action Plan. In addition to having a section that allows citizens to express their agreement or disagreement with a certain bill, they can also attend the plenary sessions live or browse them in the archive, access the agenda of legislative activities and the list of projects that are being discussed, and familiarize themselves with the profile of all the Senators.
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- only backed by a governmental program or policy
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision