DINAcon Awards Nominee


Project Category: #1 Best Open Source Project

Lobbywatch.ch is a non-commercial journalistic project that operates a web-based research tool for media professionals and a politically interested audience. Lobbywatch.ch focuses on the connections between Swiss Members of Parliament and companies, associations and institutions and it investigates the influence of these organization in the legislative process. Not only the number of mandates of a MP is relevant, but also the actual influence of companies, associations, organisations and institutions. The control of non-transparent interests against the background of parliamentary decision-making is important for a democracy. With Lobbywatch.ch, current decisions of the Swiss Parliament can be questioned efficiently and conflicts of interest of political exponents can be critically examined.