For Democracy

Fordem, an abbreviation of ‘for democracy’, is a digital democracy and socio-political mobilisation platform, with participation, deliberation, and networking functionalities.


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A censorship-resistant digital democracy platform

Fordem is a digital democracy and socio-political mobilization platform, with various social functions built to facilitate participation, community-building, and organization.

Who is behind the project?

We are based at the tech department of [TCF e. V.], a member-funded non-profit civic innovation lab. Fordem is a member of Vernetzung Bürger:Innenbeteiligung in Germany and an active member of the Iranian Woman Life Freedom movement.

Fordem short-term goals:

Fordem is a tool for the development of any community as it can be adapted to the respective needs and contexts. In our first version, we aim to assist Iranian political activists in networking, deliberation, and participation stages of their mobilization along the ongoing Woman, Life, Freedom movement.

Furthermore, we are invested in implementing Fordem in communities in Germany suffering from a democratic gap. Our main focus there is Heilbronn, a city with more than 54% of the population with migratory background but only 5% of the seats in the municipal council.

Our long-term goal is to adapt Fordem for various democratic needs of every community around the world and to connect these communities to an interconnected and transnationally aware whole.

Fordem is an open-source platform, it is developed in direct collaboration with civil society, has a crypto economy that gives back to the users if any profit is generated e.g. when news agencies pay to use the survey results (yes, it's not free for those!), provides the users with community building and organization tools, and is hosted and managed by a non-profit federation.

Activists will have the possibility to: (Diaspora in case of Iran)


Everything is treated according to the GDPR. We do not store or keep PII without users' explicit request. Furthermore, the Data generated by the users will in part go on chain using smart contracts or stored on a federated system. That said, using different licensing techniques we ensure for-profit organizations pay for their usage of the output and the profit goes back to users who generated the value as well as to the further development of the platform to reflect the users' needs.

We actively look for developers (here), members of the board of trustees, and external auditors (here).

Further Reading

How democratic is Heilbronn?

Mobile App is still WIP but

meanwhile you can use any Mastodon app to connect to Fordem

Contact us

The best way to reach us is via GitHub Discussions. For press contact or any other questions please send us a message or an email.