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Against the background of current social changes, such as demographic changes and the question of the potential for social cohesion in the face of growing socio-demographic, economic and political divisions, the concept of neighbourhood is becoming increasingly important. This applies to both political players and to the inhabitants of urban and rural districts themselves. Digital neighbourhood platforms operated by various organisations function as new elements in the welfare mix. The pilot study will investigate what form of digital neighbourhood assistance has existed so far at regional, national and international level and what its structure and portfolio is like, will analyse central indicators such as data protection and sponsorship structure, and will survey the state of research on user behaviour. This will allow initial statements to be made on the possible contribution of such platforms to social cohesion, but also on the resulting risks.  

Duration: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019