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Developing a “digital mindset”: How the EP is using digital media to become more open and responsive to its electors

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Hearing: Method for citizens' direct participation in EU Member States - Model for a more democratic Europe

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Getting started with Open Policy Making

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The Civil Service Reform White Paper (UK) published the other week contained a commitment to Open Policy Making. It said:


Open policy making will become the default.

 

Read here the Blog Post of the "Democratic Society" and digg furth into it!

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Macrowikinomics

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Rebooting Business and the World...
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Study Examines Influence of Social Media on Interaction Between People and their Governments | TechPresident

Study Examines Influence of Social Media on Interaction Between People and their Governments | TechPresident | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, August 17 2012

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Announcing techPresident's "Politics and the Internet" Timeline | TechPresident

Announcing techPresident's "Politics and the Internet" Timeline | TechPresident | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

techPresident announced it's "Politics and the Internet" timeline, a living archive tracking how technology has started to change politics, government and civic life in the United States, worldwide and online, from 1968 to present.

 

For anyone who spends most of their time online immersed on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the HuffingtonPost, the timeline shows how young these platforms really are. And for anyone in the thick of current fights over internet freedom, user rights, and online privacy, it shows how long those issues have been with us.

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Keynote: Alec Ross, US State Dept + Team Obama Talks Digital Vision by SMW NY Social and Environmental Change (VIDEO)

Keynote: Alec Ross, US State Dept + Team Obama Talks Digital Vision by SMW NY Social and Environmental Change (VIDEO) | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Watch SMW NY Social and Environmental Change's Keynote: Alec Ross, US State Dept + Team Obama Talks Digital Vision on Livestream.com.
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Report: The Rise of Social Government | Penn's Fels Institute of Government

Report: The Rise of Social Government | Penn's Fels Institute of Government | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

To provide a substantive update on this timely topic, the second edition of the social media report, "The Rise of Social Government," was released publically in July 2012.

 

For a Comment on the Report: http://bit.ly/O9HaDb

 

For the second edition, the project team interviewed main sources from the first report and compared findings to find out what has changed. A number of topics are explored further, including:

 

New innovations, technologies and tools in the social media landscape;

 

The effectiveness of social media in advocacy, policy-making, coalition building, economic development, crisis management and for other specific objectives;

 

Management of social media activities;

 

Quantitative and qualitative measurement ofsocial media activities; and

 

Issues to manage and items of concern for government offices using social media.

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Benjamin Barber on the Crisis in Civil Society (VIDEOS)

Director of CivWorld and Distinguished Senior Fellow at DEMOS, Benjamin Barber, describes what he views as a crisis in civil society.

 

Further Videos:

Benjamin Barber on How Citizens Participate

Benjamin Barber on Challenges to Democracy

What Kind of People Does Kettering Work With?

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Web-based course on Participatory Democracy

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Contents of the course

The course is structured around 12 modules, with special emphasis on the sources of popular power and public policies in the areas of urban planning and management, housing, environment and civic security.

 

1. Theoretical sources of participatory democracy.

 

2. Why the World Bank supports participatory budgeting?

 

3. From popular sovereignty to the exclusion of citizens’ participation.

 

4. Public Space: a critique of the concepts of exclusion and segregation.

 

5. The collapse of urban planning in the big cities.

 

6. The management of the commons, participatory democracy and capitalism.

 

7. Urban violence, social movements and citizens’ security.

 

8. Crisis of capitalism and inflection of the neoliberal project.

 

9. Capital-led direct democracy.

 

10. Social housing and mega-projects.

 

11. Progressive alternative to the 'new urban governance' approach.

 

12. The emergence of a new paradigm in urban policy.

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Who Wants to Deliberate - and Why?

Neblo, Michael, Kevin Esterling, Ryan Kennedy, David Lazer, and Anand Sokhey. "Who Wants to Deliberate - and Why?" HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP09-027, September 2009.

 

Abstract

 

Interest in deliberative theories of democracy has grown tremendously among political theorists over the last twenty years. Many scholars in political behavior, however, are skeptical that it is a practically viable theory, even on its own terms.

They argue (inter alia) that most people dislike politics, and that deliberative initiatives would amount to a paternalistic imposition. Using two large, representative samples investigating people’s hypothetical willingness to deliberate and their actual behavior in response to a real invitation to deliberate with their member of Congress, we find:

 

1) that willingness to deliberate in the U.S. is much more widespread than expected; and

 

2) that it is precisely people who are less likely to participate in traditional partisan politics who are most interested in deliberative participation. They are attracted to such participation as a partial alternative to “politics as usual.”

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10 Tips for Effective Participation

10 Tips for Effective Participation | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
I wrote this some years ago, but in the last few weeks i've had reason to dig it out and share it with people, so i figured it was worth posting here too....
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The Future of social activism | infographic

The Future of social activism | infographic | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

INFOGRAPHIC on The Future of Social Activism

 

"How Young Adults are supporting Causes and why you should care"

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Communicating the EU online, the view from within

Communicating the EU online, the view from within | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
It’s always good to get an inside view on an institution’s thinking on digital communications, particularly when that institution is one as hard to understand as the EU.
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Social Media's Influence on Politics (Report on Findings)

Social Media's Influence on Politics (Report on Findings) | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Short Summary:

 

Campaign and policy-related material on social networking sites plays a modest role in influencing most users’ views and political activities. Democrats and liberals are the most likely to say the sites have impact.

 

 And comment by techpresident on the report with additional numbers: http://bit.ly/Nc3r2q

 

 

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Welcome to Twitter, President Barroso!

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“I am delighted to join all of you on Twitter. Let's build Europe together! JMB.” This is the first tweet of the President of the European Commission, who after only two hours on the social site has already more than 5,800 followers.
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eGovernance & Social Media | ePractice

eGovernance & Social Media | ePractice | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

This issue of the ePractice European Journal depicts, that much of the problems within governments to accept social media  is also due to the sheer complexity of the huge range of public sector tasks; in addition to literally having to serve everybody in a transparent way, while also trying to reconcile highly contradictory demands.

 

Yet, governments should employ social media tools given the demonstrable benefits accrued, if done well, in addition to the fact that citizens, businesses and organisations increasingly use social media and have therefore begun demanding that governments use them as well.

 

Always a good, good read!

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Gadi Ben-Yehuda Reviews New Social Media Report

Gadi Ben-Yehuda Reviews New Social Media Report | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Gadi Ben-Yehuda (Social Media Director at the IBM Center for The Business of Government) recently reviewed “The Rise of Social Government” published by Fels Research & Consulting.
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Blending Governance and Twitter

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The foreign minister of Sweden, the U.S. ambassador to Russia and the mayor of Calgary, Alberta, find a payoff in the direct connection Twitter provides.
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Selecting the right tool for the job of online citizen engagement [Infographic]

Selecting the right tool for the job of online citizen engagement [Infographic] | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Building on:

 

"The Promise and Problems of Online Deliberation"

By Laura W. Black

Download: http://bit.ly/QLyrqd

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Making Change Happen in Government - A Theory in 5 Steps

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1 - Clarify the goal...
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PEP-NET Webinar invitation: New online tools to support argumentation in policy debates

PEP-NET Webinar invitation: New online tools to support argumentation in policy debates | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
PEP-NET will be a European network of all stakeholders active in the field of eParticipation.

 

In a series of webinars, four new prototype tools will be presented, followed by an evaluation of the tools in which participants can discuss further improvements and the potential impact of the tools on policy-making.

 

Based on material from the EU’s consultation on the Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, the participants will learn how to formalise and visualise arguments, how to estimate the effects of policy proposals with the help of policy modelling, and how opinions about arguments are assessed with the help of structured consultations.

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The Future of Public Engagement | Governing People

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The new public engagement, enabled by technology, is making participatory governing a much stronger and meaningful component for all levels of the public sector.
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6 Reasons why online will enhance democracy

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Convenience -

 

The Internet offers anytime, anywhere opportunities for participation. Many people are excluded from viable public participation due to the time crunch of job and family obligations as well transportation or disability challenges.


Democratizes Access to Information -

 

Information may be searched, saved, and shared electronically. This can save trees or at least move printing costs to the end user from a government perspective. Ultimately, the local circle of “who is in the know” is expanded.


Personalized and On-Demand -

 

Online features allow for timely personalized notification or “tracking” of new information of specific interest. It allows “on-demand” access to text, audio, video, images and more. The difference between a concerned public and an outraged oppositional public often relates to the lack of timely awareness of information (not just technical, but buried access) about government proposals that directly impact people lives.


Social Media is Interactive -

 

From neighborhood e-mail discussion lists and local community blogs to Facebook, YouTube, and other forms many-to-many of “social networking” the Internet provides a dynamic place for people to use, discuss, correct, share, etc. the information they are increasingly accessing from government.


Mobile -

 

Mobility takes “anytime, anywhere” access to local information to the next level. From an elected official checking a community calendar to find an event to stop by to looking up quick fact at a community meeting, the ability to access to information as needed is what many people now expect.

 

Data Mash-ups -

 

As governments provide increasing amounts of public data for unrestricted use, governments and third parties can combine or “mash-up” this data to provide customized views for the public. Much of the information can be presented on a map or personalized based on local geography (a street address) which lends itself to highly personalized local democratic use.

 

 

This quick overview was taken from:

 

Sunshine 2.0 Guide Draft

 

The guide was drafted in real-time by Steven Clift,with E-Democracy.org, for the national League of Women Voters. It is based on this outline and these indicators. Further background on the effort is available. Feedback appreciated: clift@e-democracy.org

 

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TID+ | "Today I Decide"

TID+ | "Today I Decide" | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

TID+ stands for “Today I Decide +”. It is a software and a set of documentation that were developed in Estonia under a project co-financed by the European Union, under the eParticipation Preparatory Action.

 

And why not having a look at a Study on eVoting in Estonia as well:

"Internet voting in the March 2007 Parliamentary Elections in Estonia"

LINK: http://bit.ly/O2fRrz

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