There are many topics that local communities regard as particularly pressing, but journalists usually only discover them by accident. This problem inspired our idea to create a platform where citizens’ concerns can be collected and rated on a municipal level. That way a newspaper can create space for those topics, host a discussion and bring additional value to the local community.
IRIS is the platform behind petitio.ch.
It was partially funded by the The Digital News Initiative (DNI) and is released as open source software under the Apache License, Version 2.0.
Anyone can create petition for their region, you do not need to be part of an organisation. All you need to do is have a valid mobile number to verify who you are.
Once created, share the petition with other people to create awareness about your cause. Each petition runs for 30 days.
If your petition reaches the target for that city, we will start an official process by sending a letter to the relevant city council member.
If you find a cause in your area you want to support, click the support button in the sidebar of the petition page. Quickly fill in your details to receive a mobile SMS verification code confirming who you are, and then your support will be added!
If you want to start your own platform based on IRIS check out the documentation. There is also an implementation from CH Media called Petitio.