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This is an outstanding contribution to the field. The article introduces ‘place-based civic tech’, as citizen engagement technology co-designed by local government, civil society and global volunteers. It argues that autonomous self-organization allows for the emergence of a parallel, self-determining and more place-based geography of politics and political action by combining online tools with offline collaborative practices. The authors investigate whether the civic tech co-created and co-designed from the bottom-up by civil society, local councils and global volunteers is actually creating a digital space for autonomous self-organization and whether it allows the emergence of a parallel, self-determining and more place-based geography of politics and political action. They also ask whether this place-based civic tech decentralizes politics differently or more effectively than a government-led approach.
The paper “Decentralizing geographies of political action. Civic tech and place-based municipalism” offers an interesting insight in some of the most recent developments of practising democracy Madrid and Barcelona. It shows which role civic tech played in the specific context of these two Spanish cities. It is an interesting case study that deserves further research and contextualisation.