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And more conferences: OKFestival Week Summary | OKFestival

And more conferences: OKFestival Week Summary | OKFestival | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

#eDem #ePart (My) Programm Highlights:

 

***Transparency and Accountability programming*** (3 Days)

 

Transparency is important, but only in the context that people can find and use that information so behaviour of those in power, or those watching power, changes for the better of the public. This stream will look at transparency around data, the emerging ways of building on transparent data, and the related issues and uncertainties around privacy, sustainability and corporate data. There will also be a day focussed on the state and workings of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), with emphasis on the perspectives of civil society, and pushing the OGP to achieve its goals for the community, and overcoming what may prevent that.

 

***Open Democracy and Citizen Movements programming*** (5 Days) (includes Building EU Citizens’ Initiative programming)

 

The Open Democracy and Citizen Movements stream explores the recent moves towards a more open and participatory democracy and society. Online tools allow people to speak, be heard, find each other and take collective action in new ways. The stream will showcase and debate the topic starting with the formal means of the new democracy as for instance, the crowdsourced Icelandic constitutional reform, participatory budgeting and European citizens’ initiatives. The theme carries on to to the informal, non-mandated citizen movements that are shaping our societies from the bottom up.

 

***Data Journalism and Data Visualization programming*** (3 Days)

 

The Data Journalism and Data Visualization stream combines two closely-related disciplines for hands-on practical sessions, discussions, demonstrations and debates. During the festival, join us to learn how to make data pretty, for tools demos and a session on using APIs for journalists. Join the debates on how to make open data mainstream, and use it to track powerful influence groups in the media.

 

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Research @ Movements.org | Surprisingly Vast!

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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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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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EP Newshub

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RT @DigitalAgendaEU: How to follow #EU Parliaments politics in the digital age? Try the new EP newshub http://t.co/RhvX9FVv & let us know ur digital experience!
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What is Digital Engagement? — PlaceSpeak

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Digital engagement uses electronic communications tools to expand and strengthen the relationship between decision-makers and the public.
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Liberation Technology: Three Studies Examine the Impact of Social Media on Popular Uprisings

Liberation Technology: Three Studies Examine the Impact of Social Media on Popular Uprisings | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
It's hard to deny that social media affected Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring uprisings, the student protest movement in Chile, Yo Soy 132 in Mexico and the social justice movement in Israel, but there's plenty of controversy over how and why...
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CONSILIUM - Bloggers meet Cyprus Presidency

Do you blog? Meet the Cyprus Presidency on July 26! If in Brussels, register NOW.

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The Cost of Convenience: An Experiment Showing E-Mail Outreach Decreases Voter Registration

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Lower transaction costs have shifted voter registration activities online and away from traditional modes of outreach.


Downloading forms may impose higher transaction costs than traditional outreach for some people and thereby decrease electoral participation.

 

Reminders can ameliorate many of the negative effects of directing people to downloadable online registration forms.

 

Further Research by David W. Nickerson:

 

The Ineffectiveness of E-Vites to Democracy -

Field Experiments Testing the Role of E-Mail on Voter Turnout

 

Abstract:

 

Political campaigns are just now learning how to put the Internet to best use. This article conducts seven field experiments containing 161,633 participants testing whether an e-mail campaign can be effective for voter registration and mobilization. No increase in registration or turnout was detected, and the conclusion drawn is that e-mail is not currently a cost-effective means of boosting rates of registration or increasing voter turnout.

 

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GovTrack.us: Tracking the U.S. Congress

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http://www.govtrack.us/

Tracking legislation and votes in the United States Congress.


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

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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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Press release - Citizens’ rights and the environment are key priorities for petitions committee

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Defending citizens’ rights in the fields of justice, property and free movement and protecting the environment are the main concerns of the EP petitions committee, says its 2011 activity report, approved on Thursday.
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Authenticating Public Consultation—TEDxBelfast Video

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In this video from TEDxBelfast, PlaceSpeak CEO Colleen Hardwick looks at the deep alienation between people and their governments.

 

Colleen’s presentation was based on the idea that ”there is a crisis in public consultation; people don’t trust the process anymore.” In her presentation, Colleen speaks about the deep alienation between people and their governments and how PlaceSpeak is attempting to improve public consultation.

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FOCAS 2012 Overview | The Aspen Institute

FOCAS 2012 Overview | The Aspen Institute | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

Monday, August 6, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session I. Problems of Governance
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session II. Innovation in Governance: How Are Governments Working Better?

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Session III. Solutions Using ICT: Working Groups
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session IV. Inertia and Resistance: The Cultural Barriers to Change
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session V. Closing the Door on Open Governance: Exceptions

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Session VI. Reports of the Working Groups
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session VII. Policy Options Ahead

 

FOCAS12 will be streamed live at www.aspeninstitute.tv

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Research Collection #eGov #eDem #ePart - Google Docs

Research Collection #eGov #eDem #ePart - Google Docs | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

This is a collection of Research related to eParticipation that I came across on my Twitter List.

All studies & reports are readily available online and constantly updated.

 

Suggestions to "complete" the list are very welcome!

 

 

Research Collection: http://bit.ly/O6NUxE

 

Twitter List: http://bit.ly/QgFGbD

 

 

 

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eParticipation and Social Media: a Symbiotic Relationship?

The shift towards social media is clearly
visible on two currently active projects: Puzzled by Policy and
OurSpace. This paper proposes that eParticipation projects
benefit from the use of social media in two fundamental ways:


1) Promotion of projects via internationally popular social
networks such as Facebook makes eParticipation platforms
more visible to audiences otherwise hard to reach. These
networks also assist in targeting specific audiences interested
in the project’s subject matter.

 

2) Designing eParticipation projects from a social media standpoint enhances the likelihood of eParticipation becoming part of citizens’ everyday lives. Moreover, it is suggested that the development of new
eParticipation tools should be conducted in concert with the
latest advances in social media to ensure eParticipation is
not sidelined as an online activity, failing to engage a new
generation of European citizens, whose online behaviour no
longer reflects the traditional models of participation through
proprietary web spaces.

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The "Complete" List of 79 Academic ICT4D Journals and Publications | ICTWorks

The "Complete" List of 79 Academic ICT4D Journals and Publications | ICTWorks | eParticipate! | Scoop.it

In the university setting, journals are often considered the only "real" publication venue. So to help those trying to get research validation, here is a list of journals that publish articles related to the use of information and communication technologies to accelerate the social and economic advancement in the development world.

 

If you are a researcher, you have to mentally prepare for that wait or look for a different way to get your ideas into the ICT4D conversation. One way is to start a blog, another is to submit your paper to an existing blog, like ICTworks.

 

http://bit.ly/QjZoSt

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Fixing consultation

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Digital innovation for people with more sense than money: a digital agency and blog on digital government and UK public sector social media (Fixing consultation (more on the new principles, this time from @lesteph)

 

The key Consultation Principles are:

 

departments will follow a range of timescales rather than defaulting to a 12-week period, particularly where extensive engagement has occurred before;

 

departments will need to give more thought to how they engage with and consult with those who are affected;

 

consultation should be ‘digital by default’, but other forms should be used where these are needed to reach the groups affected by a policy;

 

andthe principles of the Compact between government and the voluntary and community sector will continue to be respected.

 

...and more...

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Future of the EU: To federate or not, and public involvement

A "Google-Hangout" to discuss the Future of the EU, published on YouTube. Surely a nice idea to direct attention to an important debate!

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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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News Hub by the European Parliament | Digital Sunrise Europe

News Hub by the European Parliament | Digital Sunrise Europe | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
The European Parliament's Newshub aggregates information from MEPs, political groups, the Parliament's President and the EP news service in a single place.
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The most effective type of Facebook post is one that _________________.

The most effective type of Facebook post is one that _________________. | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Boost engagement and drive more traffic to your page by using Facebook Insights to understand what's working and what isn't.

 

finally a post worth reading on this subject

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Is There a Case for Digital Public Affairs? :: PR News

Is There a Case for Digital Public Affairs? :: PR News | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
Traditionally, public affairs-and lobbying-has been shrouded in secrecy. Now, with the public clamoring for transparency, the Internet and social media can be leveraged to engage and sway stakeholders.
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Unleashing the Potential – the UK Open Data White Paper

Unleashing the Potential – the UK Open Data White Paper | eParticipate! | Scoop.it
The British Government has just published Unleashing the Potential – the Open Data White Paper [PDF]. It is the culmination of a two-year programme to put transparency and participation at the centre of its strategy for public service reform.
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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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