JEF Press Release: Thursday 2nd April 2015
JEF Europe has issued a free Democracy Alert smartphone application (DemAlert app) available on GooglePlay and iOS. With the DemAlert app JEF Europe aims at raising awareness on the need of updating democracy in Europe, giving the opportunity to young people to discuss, propose and develop new forms of democracy. This is a unique way of addressing today´s challenges in Europe, such as populism, intolerance, extremism and nationalism.
The DemAlert is available on GooglePlay and iTunes free of charge and at no additional costs. The application is compatible with smartphones and tablets. As there is a significant number of unaddressed gaps in democracy in countries especially outside of the European Union, the DemAlert app currently covers the whole continent of Europe including countries like Ukraine, Belarus and Kosovo. Users are encouraged to pinpoint breaches of democracy that they witness or experience. The specific pinpoints can then be endorsed by other users, thus increasing the visibility of the given pinpoint on the map. Any kind of positive action, movement and simple act supporting democracy can also be pinpointed and therefore endorsed as well. These DemAlerts can be described in words and a photo can be attached. Below, you can watch how the DemAlert app works in practice .
JEF Europe hopes that the DemAlert app will encourage the youth to engage more in the creation and management of democratic procedures in their community. The European youth continuously shows low turnouts during European elections which are undoubtedly a clear sign of the lack of interest in political engagement from their side. We believe that the DemAlert app will be able to offer them a platform for an efficient communication leading to common and organised actions.
“By offering the app for download in iTunes and Google Play app stores at no cost, we hope to provide a tool that enables organisations and individuals to self-mobilise around the good and the bad practices of democracy on our continent”, says JEF Europe President Pauline Gessant.
The DemAlert app is initiated by the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe), a Brussels-based pan-European youth non-profit organisation. The app is part of the framework of the 2014 Work Plan called „United for a tolerant Europe” focusing on the idea that democracy has lost its „shine” in the past decade. The work plan further focuses on removing obstacles for a tolerant Europe and finding alternative grounds for the construction of a united Europe with democracy at all levels.