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Media activism in the World Social Forum

Media activism in the World Social Forum | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
'Communicate to mobilise to communicate'. The WSF has been referred
to as an emergent global public sphere; however, little systematic attention
has been paid to how media and communication are implicated in making it
‘global’ and ‘public’.
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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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6 Reasons why online will enhance democracy

6 Reasons why online will enhance democracy | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

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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eGovernment Resource Centre

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The eGovernment Resource Centre aggregates Victorian Government eGovernment strategies, policies, web site standards, information and communications technology (ICT) and government web site best practices with international examples.

 

"The best place to find worldwide examples of eGovernment initiatives and research"

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From Government 2.0 to Society 2.0 @ Harvard’s Kennedy School

Pathways to Engagement, Collaboration and Transformation

 

In June 2010, 25 leaders of government and industry convened to Harvard to asses the move to “Government 2.0″ to date; to share insight to its limits and possibilities, as well as its enablers and obstacles; and to assess the road ahead. This is a report of that meeting

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Public input methods impacting confidence in government | University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Public input methods impacting confidence in government | University of Nebraska Public Policy Center | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Public input methods impacting confidence in government (pdf)

 

Main Finding: Face-to-Face input creates biggest confidence in government.

 

PDF: http://bit.ly/OC5uIF

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The uncertain relationship between transparency and accountability [eScholarship]

The uncertain relationship between transparency and accountability [eScholarship] | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
The concepts of transparency and accountability are closely linked: transparency is supposed to generate accountability. This article questions this widely held assumption.
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Participative E-Government Services: A Case Study of Electronic Participatory Budgeting Projects in Germany

In recent years, web 2.0 increasingly gained importance in terms of e-
government. In this context, e-participation received more and more attention. However,
there are only few examinations providing a structured overview on web 2.0
implementation possibilities in participative e-government. This contribution examines
these implementation possibilities using electronic Participative Budgeting projects. The
web 2.0 characteristics “interaction orientation”, “personalization”,” social networking”,
and “user added value” serve as evaluation criterions.

 

The examination shows that web
2.o implementation in German projects is still at a very low maturity level. Using the most advanced approaches we illustrate how the
targeted use of web 2.0 tools can influence the Participative Budgeting success.

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How connective tech boosts political change - CNN.com

How connective tech boosts political change - CNN.com | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Media and government have been disrupted by citizens with internet connections. But what the implications of this?

 

by Alec Ross - Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

 

Conclusion #1: Connective technologies accelerate the growth of social and political movements.

 

Conclusion #2: Connection technologies have enriched the information environment, changing our ability to share and receive information.

 

Conclusion #3: New information networks have disrupted leadership structures.

 

read the whole story: http://bit.ly/MuNrb7

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HD's Two Cents: The Use and Impact of Social Networking - Call for Papers for a Special Issue

HD's Two Cents: The Use and Impact of Social Networking - Call for Papers for a Special Issue | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Call for Papers for a Special Issue on The Use and Impact of Social Networking in the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER).

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Democratizing the Eurozone —by Vivien Schmidt

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How was it possible, that we got to where we are right now with the EURO? Vivien Schmidt explains how flaws in the construction of the EU lead to bad decisions and calls for a more democratic EU!

 

Highlights:

 

Excessive intergovernmentalism lead to imbalances between EU institutions, in favour of the Council. The Commission is reduced to a secretariat + the European Parliament is totally left aside. Transparency and accountability suffer.

 

She demands: The "EU needs is to rebalance its institutional processes, by returning the European Parliament and the Commission to their traditional positions in the decision-making process".

 

-EU can be cast as ‘policy without politics'-

 

The Eurozone-policies are highly political, Schmidt locates them in the conservative and neo-liberal specturm, but the processes towards their creation did not mirror this need for democratic debate.

 

Hence, she concludes: "What the EU needs is ‘policy WITH politics.’"

 

That means that the important decisions on European level must be preceded by a real democratic process and debate.

She proposes to re-balance the architecture of the EU institutions, bringing the EP back in where it belongs and suggests a more legitimate Commission President.

 

--> In the end, it is the Europeans themselves that must demand these reforms and resist populist propositions of re-nationalisation.

 

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Sacramento State - Center for Collaborative Policy - Collaborative Policy

Sacramento State - Center for Collaborative Policy - Collaborative Policy | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Collaborative Policy

 

Finding answers to those

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

What is collaborative policy making?

Why use collaborative methods?

What does collaborative policy making look like?

What conditions are needed to sustain a collaborative process?

What do I give up by being part of a collaborative process?

When should a collaborative process be considered for public policy?

Where can I obtain additional information?

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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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Research @ Movements.org | Surprisingly Vast!

Research @ Movements.org | Surprisingly Vast! | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

I was surprised to see the research center of Movements.org. It covers Books, Journal Articles, Blog Posts and media on eEngagement.

 

Not speaking about the well prepared "How to's" - engage online and keep engaged.

 

Definitely worth a look!

 

Although I feel a little like a late-comer with Movement.org having already 300.000 followers on Twitter....

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What is Digital Engagement? — PlaceSpeak

What is Digital Engagement? — PlaceSpeak | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Digital engagement uses electronic communications tools to expand and strengthen the relationship between decision-makers and the public.
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Online Engagement and Political Participation: Reception, Expression and Sharing in Facebook Groups and Discussion Forums

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This study examined college students’ use of Internet for political purposes with regards to one of the most controversial issue, Housing Ownership Scheme (HOS), in Hong Kong in 2011. Reception, expression and sharing in both Facebook Groups and discussion forums were assessed in relation to political participation. Data from a survey of college students (N = 863) showed significant positive relationships between Facebook Group use in general and political participation. With regards to the specific uses in both platforms, only forum expression and sharing were significantly related to participation. Implications are discussed for political use of online engagement for young adults.

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DIFFERENT DIGITAL MODERATED AND NON- MODERATED MECHANISMS FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

In this paper are presented three different digital mechanisms for public participation, which have
been developed by the authors as part of European research projects.

 

 

The first of them is based on the use of structured e-forum, in which citizens can enter only annotated postings according to a predefined discussion ontology.

 

The second is based on the use of a central platform which can publish policy-related content and micro-applications to multiple social media simultaneously, and also collect and process data on citizens’ interaction with them.

 

While the previous mechanisms were moderated by government, the third one – still under development as part of the European research project NOMAD - is non-moderated.

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Demos Publications: The Civic Long Tail

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The advent of social media has led to people expecting the same degree of reflexivity in other walks of life, including in their interactions with the State. As more conversations between citizens and government move online, masses of data on citizens’ views and preferences will be created.

 

The Civic Long Tail argues that the potential for ‘big data’ to make government more intelligent and responsive will only be realised if government also learns how to open up this data to the civic entrepreneurs who seek to make the data useful for citizens and communities.

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Does Facebook boost civic engagement among American youths, too?

Does Facebook boost civic engagement among American youths, too? | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Participation in online communities increases civic engagement – but just socializing on Facebook doesn't, according to a new study of young Americans and the Internet. (Does Facebook boost civic engagement among American youths, too?

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Participatory Politics: New Media and Youth Political Action

Participatory Politics: New Media and Youth Political Action | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Considering the extent that young people are using new media to communicate their political views or exhort others to action, one has to wonder about the accuracy and veracity of the information they're using to formulate their message.
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