Please not that the platform is still under development and many answers describe the future state.
Mycitizen.net is a network of and for citizens. The my also stands for Myanmar, which is the country of our pilot deployment.
We developed mycitizen.net because we needed a platform that provides all of the following features:
When you install a mobile applications on your phone, it contains with the software also all images and layout information that are needed for the user interface. That means that for operation only the required data needs to be sent between the phone and the server.
When you, on the other hand, use a web interface, the browser will also have to download images, the layout of pages, lists and pieces of software that will run in the browser.
This difference makes communication via apps often much more efficient.
The project was developed by the non-profit organization Burma Center Prague as a tool to empower civil society inside the country and in exile and to involve it better into the process of shaping their own country's future. Offering the same platform for other communities is actually just a spin-off result.
We plan to offer the platform also as hosted solution that runs on our server.2)
We tentatively plan to release it in the second half of 2014. See the roadmap for more details.
We need people with interest in using open source software to make a difference, both on a technical level and user level. We seek to establish a group of continuously involved volunteers. You can help develop and maintain the software3), add a translation, provide support to users, host your own deployment, or spread the word.