How can we build better tools to engage with society in an open and democratic way? ITS Global Fellows discussed this issue in 2014, presenting different case studies. Allison Burtch introduced “Dumbsto.re: the most inclusive mobile app platform ever”. Later, Kate Krontiris explained the importance and practicality of ethnographic approaches for civic technology. Finally yet importantly, Primavera de Filippi presented the talk “reinforcing information security: initiatives that purport to preserve online civil liberties through the deployment of decentralized applications”.