The digital platform for citizen participation Decidim develops a new functionality to its latest version; the electronic signature. It is the first platform which allows binding and secure digital signatures, a new channel that reinforces face-to-face signatures.
This technology makes it possible to support citizen initiatives by signing electronically. The first pilot test has been carried out in the city of Barcelona, through of the Decidim Barcelona platform with the initiative “it is a gender issue: Proposal to promote good practices among the Urban Guard of Ciutat Vella through training in gender issues“.
The new functionality can also be applied in any other city or organization that uses the Decidim software, which can configure from the administration the steps they consider necessary for a person to sign.
The first step to configure consists of activating the option “digital signature” in the dashboard of administration, within the space of participation “initiatives”. The options that can be activated later to fix the steps that the user will have to follow when signing digitally, are: The collection of personal data of the participant with the signature and the validation step to the signature process by SMS.
The system ensures a secure and complete procedure, with verification of the uniqueness of the signatures, encryption of personal data and certification of each signature through a time stamp, provided by a third party.